After the big shocker on American Idol last week (yes, now that I no longer live alone, I watch American Idol) Elton John felt the need to comment. Basically they are down to 7 contestants, and 3 of what many consider to be the best candidates, ended up as the bottom 3 (they got the fewest votes). I was immediately reminded of last year (ok, I have no excuse for watching last year) when Ruben was in the bottom 2 at one point near the end. Ruben went on to win the competition last year.
This year, 3 of the best singers are black women, and Elton John thinks that the fact that they ended up in the bottom 3 is nothing short of “incredibly racist.” This quote is classic:
“The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three […]”
Even if you ignore the suggestion that the bottom 3 has been made up of all black men/women more than once (which it hasn’t), his suggestion of racism in American Idol is moronic for a number of reasons.
- Of the 12 finalists, the first 5 voted off were caucasian. None were black and/or African-American.
- Last year’s winner was black.
- The winner the year before was female.
- The majority of the remaining contestants are black. There is only one white male even left in the competition (and he’s due to go any day now).
- The absolute worst part of his statement is this line: “and they just happened to be black.”
What he’s saying is that his favorites all just happen to be black. Just coincidentally, there is a group of people he considers to be the best, and they all have the same skin color. However, should that same group of people be considered the worst, no longer can that be considered a coincidence. Oh no, that must be racism.
It’s really amazing.
Haha…I was thinking the same thing. I also like how Seacrest (out) got booed last night when you started talking about it, like it was his fault. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the guy, I just thought it was funny.
Of course I meant to say “when HE started talking about it”…I doubt the audience could hear you.
And by “hear you” I mean “here you”
It’s all down hear from hill.
Sarge – OUT!
so should I sign up for a Gmail account or what, oh tech-God Tom? I feel compelled to, ya know, stake out some Gmail territory.
I’d go for it. People are even starting to sell their Gmail addresses on eBay: