I'll admit it: I've watched American Idol more than a few times in the past several years. I particularly have enjoyed the auditions, to be sure, as they have provided lots of opportunities for the judges to give some fairly entertaining feedback.
One of the things I've liked about American Idol was the way in which it could appeal to everyone, regardless of creed, color, politics, or whatever.
When the revolving door of AI judges stopped this time around--in case you've been living under a rock or truly don't care about pop culture, or both--three of last season's judges were gone and two new judges were ready to take their places alongside the only remaining original judge, Randy Jackson. And those two new judges seemed to be people who would have the same universal appeal: Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
Sounds good so far, right? I mean, Steven Tyler fronted Aerosmith for what, as long as I've been alive, at least, and J-Lo is, well, J-Lo.
But something nagged at me. And I've finally remembered what it was.
J-Lo, on national television, called Sarah Palin a bitch.
See for yourself, if you can stand watching her:
And since, as people have implied to me before, it's not a long road from thinking little of Governor Palin to thinking similarly of people who happen to agree with Governor Palin's politics, who's to say that J-Lo doesn't think similarly of me, as well as many, many other conservatives and/or Tea Partiers?
And before it's asked: no, I don't think that everyone in the public eye has to shut up about their opinions. But there is a respectful way to air one's opinions, and Ms. Lopez severely missed the mark.
So, then, is Jenny from the Block someone who deserves to be on my television, as she put it, "discovering and nurturing that spirit [of success]? Is this someone that I want to present to my children as an example of someone worth my respect? Not even close. No, Ms. Lopez, you are definitely a useless celebrity.
American Idol/Fox/whoever is calling the shots, you blew it on this one. And I'm done watching AI.