That’s what an American gay rights group, the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), is claiming, after Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson made a number of dubious remarks on the first show of the new American Idol series. Simon Cowell homophobic? That’s weird, because we always assumed that… oh, never mind.
American Idol is the number one show in America at the moment. The
public, it seems, can’t get enough of watching Simon Cowell, Randy
Jackson and Paula Abdul (CDs) being rude to a stream of youngsters with
delusional ambitions of becoming famous singers.
However, it’s a thin line between cheeky fun rudeness and
out-and-out homophobic rudeness, as Simon Cowell and American Idol are
beginning to find out. Gay rights group GLAAD has criticised the show
after scenes were broadcast of Simon Cowell telling a male contestant
to "wear a dress" and Randy Jackson asking another: "Are you a girl?"
before the contestant burst into tears and The Crying Game started
playing in the background. GLAAD spokesperson Damon Romine says:
"Last week we heard and voiced concerns about the 18
January edition of American Idol – specifically, the producers’
decision to turn a contestant’s gender expression into the butt of a
joke. We’ve spoken with Fox and have entered into what we
hope will be a productive, ongoing conversation about the show’s
representation and discussion of sexual orientation and gender
strange, you’d think that American Idol would encourage gay male
performers. After all, that’d leave less people for Paula Abdul to cop
[story by Stuart Heritage]