America, what is wrong with you?? I’ll start off by saying that in the long run it is better off that Adam Lambert did not win American Idol. Now he is free to haggle with the record labels that I’m sure are beating down his door to sign him. He won’t have to sell his first born to American Idol to get out of his iron-clad contract (and yes people, Gay men can have children). However, be that as it may, he was robbed.
I have been reading headlines that America was simply infatuated with the idea of the underdog winning. Well that is fine and dandy, but American Idol, I believe–correct me if I’m wrong, is meant to recognize true talent, a diamond in an otherwise undiscovered rough. Kris Allen is mediocre, or even good I will venture. If he strapped on his guitar and headlined at my favorite dive bar I’d give him a standing ovation every single performance. But that’s it, he’s an average guy who is good enough to impress people who aren’t paying a whole lot of attention to the talent. He’s background music—very talented background music. I give him props for his performances, and of course making it to the top. I think he deserves recognition and a firm pat on the back. But facing reality, he’s not a superstar. He just isn’t. He’s the same tired story—good, shy boy next door who ‘wows’ us all with his amazing vocals. But he’s no Susan Boyle America, he’s average Joe wearing a John Mayer mask. I have no personal qualms with Kris Allen, he seems to be a perfectly nice and pleasant young man. Congratulations.
But he isn’t America’s winner. It was rather obvious that the ture, raw and amazing talent is Adam. He showed us week after week that he has the vocals, the look the stage presence and the range to be what we, America, define as an American Idol. He is daring. He is beautiful. But all that aside, he has a talent that could challenge the likes of great artists everywhere. He will be an Idol, on his own terms. And he will rock our socks off. With his emo screams and with his melodic harmonies. The recording industry will more than make up for America’s mistake. And for that I’m glad. But more importantly in this blog I want to address this issue:
I desperately hope that America (here’s looking at you cornbread America—and I can say it as a Belle) did not pass him over due to his eccentric appearance, or dare I say it, sexual orientation. When the winner was announced it crossed my mind, then I convinced myself that seeing as its 2009 SURELY we are still not so far in the dark that we should base a judgement on someone’s personal preferences. But then I logged onto Facebook (to advertise my outrage) and sadly read post after post referencing the ‘good Christian boy winner” or the “Fag that takes second place’ and my heart melted. America, can we really be filled with such hate? I’m not making excuses for my fan-fave that didn’t win—if I believed (as I’m sure more than half of America does) that Kris was the better talent OF COURSE I would be okay with the decision. But something tells me there is more at work here. Those who are high-fiving the good “Christian boy” need to take a look at their own Christian values and realize that their very own God will condemn them to burn in Hell for hating another human—gay or not. Wake up America, let’s keep the competition where it should be—with the vocals. Adam will be iconic as Paula (and no, it wasn’t the drugs talking this time) said. I’m just saddened that a boy who wasn’t afraid to show America who he really was was denied a title so deservingly his. I hope that children everywhere were in bed last night and weren’t able to witness the lesson we, America–land of the free, home of the brave—sent them loud and clear. Maybe it really is just a ‘Mad World.”
Boston Belle will patiently await Adam Lambert’s first album and watch him rise to the top. American Idol, we are on a break, you’ve got some grovelling to do before you weasle your way back into my heart. I’m with Simon Cowell on this one, I remain seated and hold my applause. No personal offense to you, Kris Allen.