Do we really believe that American Idol isn't a nasty culture wars game played by Murdoch and the media? Just another incarnation of Nero's Circus, designed to distract, misdirect and lull the masses?
It's the superstar beauty queer drag queen vs the perfect Hallmark edition of the heterosexual married couple, the Evangelical Christian just this side of David Archuleta's closet and the Latina who is just one bad hair day away from Troll Doll.
Culture war showdowns like this are not by chance. You can't beat the bank in Vegas.
If Adam Lambert loses American Idol, it will be because this poor boy was turned into a political football by Murdoch and the American media. It will not be because he is gay. And it will be sad that once again, American Idol will push a mediocre performer into the spotlight, yet again lowering the standards of American culture--no easy feat!
Yes, I took a break from my FOX boycott and dove in to see what all this Adam Lambert brouhaha was about. And he's brilliant, a performer that leaves the rest of them in the dust. Lambert is superstar material. Thanks to the Internet I was able to "catch up" so to speak and quickly came to understand that from Bill O'Reilly to the Associated Press to the blogs, poor Adam Lambert has been turned into an "issue", to be judged and condemned for his personal life rather than for his talent. If only that same rule were applied to Republicans and their supporters--ah, what a wonderful world this would be.
The media's very sick and frightening assumption is that American Idol is something important, like the Presidency of the United States. I think no press statement more stunned me then the New York Daily News writing, "With just a handful of finalists left on this year's "American Idol", could flamboyant favorite Adam Lambert become the first gay or bisexual winner of the hit talent show? Some people are saying, wouldn't it be amazing that in the same year that the first African-American president took office in the U.S., we also elected the first gay and/or bisexual 'American Idol'."
Uh, no. Putting aside the fact that we already have a number of hugely successful openly gay superstar singers, an entertainer catapulted to stardom by millions of tweens obsessively texting their votes over and over and over again is not a cultural or historical breakthrough on any level. And when people--and this is all over the media--compare the "election of Adam Lambert to the election of Barack Obama, I find myself drawn to the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge.
So thanks to the pot-stirring, stereotype-obsessed media, the vote could come down to a Christian rocker who has become the Carrie Prejean of the music world and a serious musical talent who has been reduced to the status of flamboyant gay boy with a wayward boy crazy tongue.
Kudos to Rupert Murdoch for giving America a chance to put Jesus before talent and intelligence. On the other hand if Lambert does win, kudos for America for spitting in the face of Murdoch and his Evangelical locusts.
To his credit, Lambert has refused to engage in this labeling nonsense telling the media that he is who he is, himself--and proud of it.
He sings Cher's Believe with masculine ferocity. He sports eyeliner and diamond earrings on national television. He flaunts endless photos of himself tongue kissing hot boys and performing in full drag. And at the end of the day, he gets up there on the American Idol stage and superstars the hell out of each and every performance making the others look like the usual mediocre safe American Idol fare to which America has become accustomed.
And, PS, comparing Allison to Janis Joplin is like comparing Hallmark to Shakespeare.
And if Bill O'Reilly, Rupert Murdoch, AP, Reuters and the rest of the media tear Adam down by making this a gay vs. "Christian" competition that ends in Lambert's defeat, fuck this country.
PS I broke my own boycott and voted for Adam Lambert.