An Idol Three-For - March
The Block Party, and he is all things Idol. So three
things struck me as I was covering the ascent into the
Yet again, Rosie O Donnell had to stick her nose in a
place where it doesnt and didnt necessarily belong. On
Tuesday, March 6 on "The View", Rosie chimed in with her
opinion on the Antonella Barba naughty pictures debate.
She claimed that the only reason why Frenchie Davis was
kicked off of American Idol in Season 2 was because she
was "fat and black" and they are having a double
standard because Antonella Barba was white and thin.
She coined the term "Fatism". And Frenchie in a very
dumb move is playing the race card. While she is
finishing her run here in New York with the show "Rent",
her mother protested on March 6 in front of the Kodak
Theater in Los Angeles with a group called Project
"We object to having one rule for black contestants and
a different rule for white contestants who exhibit the
same behavior,'' said Najee Ali, community activist and
founder of Project Islamic H.O.P.E. in an interview.
OK, let us put the cards out on the table. Frenchie
Davis was not put out of American Idol because she was
fat or black. She was put out because she was stupid.
She made pornographic materials for a catalog and got
paid for it. Not a hard choice for American Idol.
HOWEVER, The Block Party has always been a straight
shooter. I have said in many forums on this website that
Antonella Barba should have been kicked off as soon as
the explicit pictures came out. Because, in life there
are consequences to ones actions.
Yes, she is young. Yes, she is not bright. And she cant
sing. And Yes, she didnt MEAN for the photos to come
out because some unscrupulous ex-boyfriend decides to
sell her out. But she took the photos. And thats the
sticky wicket here folks. She took those photos. She
made a conscious decision to take them, or let them be
taken. Once that happens, it is game over. And there are
male singers who should be gone too for posting nude or
semi nude pictures on MySpace and cyberspace as well.
Because when you sign those applications to go on any
show...you know what you have done is fair game. The
world is an even smaller place with the internet,
digital and video cameras. If you read those
applications for any game show, they are long and
Rosie opened her mouth and made sure that her foot was
down it again. But the American Idol producers are not
totally blameless here. They have to do a better job of
making sure that the decisions the contestants make do
not make it onto the stage.
Because in the end, this is SUPPOSED to be a singing
And we dont have to worry about that anymore because
it's now gone, gone, gone into the annals of Idol
history. But, as history will have it, this will go down
as the WORST top 12 in my 3 years of watching Idol
(seasons 4, 5 and now 6).
Last year at this time we had a dominant male class
(Taylor, Chris Daughtry, Elliott Yamin and Ace Young)
and Paris Bennett, Katharine McPhee and others to deal
with as well. This year, there is not ONE person I would
go out and plop down my $12 to buy a CD. We should just
give the title right now to Melinda Doolittle and be
done with it. Sanjaya is Kevin Covais times 100. He is
brutally bad, and it makes me sick to my stomach that he
is in the top 12. Blake, Chris Sligh and the other men
just don't impress me. The other women blow the men
away, but are weak as well. I am sorry to say, the next
12 weeks are going to be the most painful of my life.
And finally...American Idols big event..."Idol Gives
Back" a two day concert to raise money for African and
US poverty relief. This is the most obvious example of
music and Hollywood stars screaming, "LOOK AT US! WE
CARE!" I cringed when I saw the footage of Simon and
Ryan in Africa...not so much as to what we saw (because
it has been shown many times beforemost recently on
Oprahs specialmore on that in a minute), but as to the
self-serving nature of what they did. It gives the
appearance that they care.
According to Oprahs own website: "The Oprah Winfrey
Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has
contributed more than $40 million toward the creation of
the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for GirlsSouth
Africa, which opens in January 2007. Located in a
28-building campus in Henley-on-Klip, the Leadership
Academy is a state-of-the-art independent school that
will engender high standards of academic achievement and
service leadership for girls. Its first 152 accepted 7th
and 8th grade students, who show outstanding promise
despite their impoverished backgrounds and social
circumstances, represent all nine South African
She at least puts her money where her mouth is. And we
have tried this before. With USA For Africa in 1985 and
Live Aid in 1983, and Live 8 in 2005, we as a planet
raised hundreds of millions of dollars for relief...and
where did the food and money go...straight into the
hands of the corrupt governments all over Africa, which
is the real problem. I truly believe that Simon, Ryan
and the rest of the corporate sponsors would be better
off doing something else than this. I truly believe the
spirit of this country is willing, but the money isnt
going to do anything... either here or abroad.
And thats a song I wish I didnt have to sing.
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