This picture (click it to enlarge) has been spreading around the internet lately after TMZ posted it. And you know what? It really pisses me off.
I'll "come out" and admit to being an American Idol fan. I like the show and when I see tidbits online, I'll usually skim them. It's obvious to everyone that this season there are a few stand-out performers and the rest just aren't in the same league. More than likely, Melinda Doolittle will easily win and Sanjaya Malakar won't. But keep in mind, that Melinda is pushing 30 and has been a backup singer professionally while Sanjaya is 17 and has no formal training. Will he lose? Sure.
But what's with the anger and hate directed Sanjaya's way? First he's the talk of the nation when he keeps advancing, but always in the bottom two. When he made it to the top ten, even more people flipped out. Howard Stern has started championing Sanjaya, but only because he's the "least talented." Sitting next to him on the results show has become the kiss of death. Votefortheworst.com, a website dedicated to screwing with the results, has also started promoting Sanjaya.
And Sanjaya had a double strike against him from the start. Not only is he the first Indian to make the top tier, he's also rather fey acting. In fact, if people aren't talking about his singing, they're usually making fun of his long, wavy hair.
I've often said to Jerame that I feel sorry for the kid. Every source that reports on American Idol talks trash about the poor guy - from the View to NBC news broadcasts. But this takes it completely over the top for me. Now we're going to accuse him of being transgender - as if there's something wrong with that, to start with - in another not-so-subtle attempt to emasculate him and therefore demean him further? What the hell?
What do you think? Am I being over sensitive? Maybe my mother's instinct is coming out here, but - damn - enough already. Let the kid sing. And let him be himself...
(Hat tip to Queer Sighted. Sanjaya's performance of "You Really Got Me" from last week's show is after the jump. It's not bad, either.)