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The issue of race and American Idol has reached an all new level of nuttiness. Every time an underdog (black or white) is not voted out on American Idol somebody calls it racism. But as I've said, maybe it is just stupidity.

My stupidity theory got a strong backing by this bizarre story:

'Idol' underlines unconfronted racial issues

TONYA JAMESON

I don't know who will be crowned the next "American Idol" on Wednesday, but I do know that regardless of who wins, the discussion of race and voting will always follow the Fox show.

That's a good thing.

No matter how much we want to deny it, race colors how we see this televised popularity contest. This year is the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court decision that desegregated schools, but people have been talking more about how black women fare on "Idol" than how black children do in school.

I knew after reading that last line that the story could only get worse, I had no idea.

If racism wasn't still prevalent in our culture ... the treatment of Jayson Blair compared to lying white journalists -- African Americans wouldn't worry that bigotry influences the outcome of a TV show.

There you go- Jayson Blair was a victim of racism.

Keep in mind this woman works in the newspaper business.

I'll admit that when La Toya London and Fantasia Barrino ended up as bottom vote-getters two weeks ago, I thought it was racial.

Now I'm not so sure. ...

Covering Barrino's homecoming to High Point last week made me question my initial reaction. Barrino was getting out of an SUV at Montlieu Elementary School when a white woman in a minivan pulled up. She blew her horn and screamed, "Fantasia, we love you."

GASP- A white person is a Fantasia fan??? But I thought all white people were racists? How can this be?

At the "Idol" show in Los Angeles on Tuesday, I saw another racially mixed group of Barrino fans waving handmade posters and shouting for her in the studio.

OMG- A racially mixed group of people cheering for a black woman-- What is this world coming to?

I'm encouraged that so many white fans pull for Barrino or have supported other black "Idol" contestants in the past.

Condescension thy name is Tonya Jameson.

Actually I must admit, the article convinced me racism is alive and well. The irony is, the only racist in the article was the woman who wrote it.


Comments (4)

What happened on "Idol" is ... (Below threshold)
ben:

What happened on "Idol" is that as we all know if you have a black contestant the majority of the black population will vote for them. So what happened was that we had 2 black contestants and the black vote was split for the 2. That is why they were the ones at the bottom. So the so called racist people are not the ones that voted Latoya off it was in fact the black people split vote. Now that Latoya is off all the black vote will go to Fantasia and she will have a great deal of votes for her.

I have to say that George H... (Below threshold)

I have to say that George Huff was the biggest racial embarrassment of American Idol. His big toothed smile and super friendly yet oh-so-humble act smacked of old-time black entertainers. I don't watch the show very often but I noticed he was voted off, maybe his self-denigrating act finally got him the boot.

As much as I agreed with ma... (Below threshold)
Goose:

As much as I agreed with many that the three black women were the best of the finalists, I am an adult.
As such I'm not going to spend all night on the phone trying to influence the selection of the "American Idol".
Probably just as well because I'm not the one who's going to wind up buying any of their CD's either.

I know this is a late comme... (Below threshold)
JG:

I know this is a late comment, but anyway...
Didn't a black man win American Idol last year (Ruben Studdard)?

And Fantasia ended up winning this year.
Yup, racism is alive and well in the American pop culture.




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