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Published:January 23rd, 2006 07:54 EST
Who Do Americans Idolize

Who Do Americans Idolize

By Joey O'Donnell

Yesterday, when I was reading the Week in Review in the New York Times, I came upon an editorial that brought up an excellent point. The point, in a nutshell, was that in a country where people are so morally critical, they will watch a family " show like American Idol, " which makes being mean seem cool.

American Idol, from my couple times of watching, is a show that gains most of its popularity from humiliating the weak. Sure, you have fanatics who follow their favorite person and call and vote for them later in the season, but that`s later in the season. Initially, the viewers` attention was grabbed by the not-so-pleasant voices, which Simon Cowell would say were absolutely horrible.

Simon is the funniest " judge one could say, or most offensive. But the other judges are by no means nice or compassionate. Paula Abdul, many fans say is the nicest ", though most of the time they (her and Randy) roll their eyes, laugh, and tell the contestants that they are tone-deaf, fat, funny-looking or, in the case of one young man, "atrocious" and "confused." Another moneymaking comment was when the judges approved an overweight woman and Simon added that she would require a bigger stage in Hollywood.

It`s ironic that Fox`s American Idol " is encouraged and popular enough to still be thriving after five seasons, yet there is still a huge amount of cynicism and criticism toward g(a)y marriage or religion taught in school when families are sitting in front of the T.V. every Tuesday and Wednesday nights to watch a program that advocates being mean and bullying.