Bil Browning

Un-American Idol

Filed By Bil Browning | January 22, 2006 8:30 PM | comments

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I have a confession to make. I'm an American Idol junkie. Yes, I know the show's been out for several years now. Yes, I know they cut a lot of good singers who don't have the gift of Narcissus. And a lot of the show is very hokey and contrived. Granted. But the show got its most viewers ever last Tuesday night when it premiered. It set a FOX record. So there's a lot of other people out there tuning in to see what's going on this year.

We're such an Idol household that we record it with our DVR. It took us a couple days to actually get around to watching the show this week - and when I did I was appalled by a couple segments. Apparently homophobia has become an American value. Was I missing something? Was I the only one who felt that this premiere episode this year was a little heavy on the "No nancies" theory? Apparently not.

Bosses at America's leading gay rights group are demanding a summit meeting with the producers of TV talent show American Idol after claiming the program is "increasingly homophobic".

Officials at the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) were appalled by homophobic remarks made by judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the first show of the new season, which aired in America on Tuesday.

On the program, Cowell told one effeminate wannabe to "shave off your beard and wear a dress," while Jackson asked another audition hopeful, "Are you a girl?" Both contestants were rejected.


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Bruce Parker | January 23, 2006 2:40 AM

I wonder if its homophobia or gender identity issues? Both comments were about enforcing gender norms.....

It's a mix of both, I think. On previous years, both Randy and Simon have made comments about contestants not being "manly" enough to see millions of records. And both times this year the comments were aimed at the contestant's masculinity again. However, you only have to look at Clay Aiken to realize that they don't have a problem with gay contestants, per se... LOL