A lot of people are suggesting that American Idol, the US version of Pop Idol talent show, is racist because the black singers on the show have been consistently voted last by the viewers this season. Anyone who believes black people are naturally talented performers of popular music should be made to listen to my mum while she’s ironing.
29Apr04 — 1
Sir John was the one who started it, I believe. The only things his comments actually showed were:
1) He’s under the mistaken impression that black female soul singers aren’t a-dime-a-dozen in America. It’s kinda like electric guitar players, you can be damn good and not make it anywhere.
2) He’s thinks that there is a significant segment of viewership for the show over the age of 18.
3) He never actually attended a typical high school, much less in America (sorry Elton, the Royal Academy of Music just doesn’t count). Of course it’s a popularity contest. What did you expect?