I have to admit it. I never watch “American Idol.” But a lot of Americans idolize the FOX show. On Tuesday, 35.5 million people tuned in to watch the making of the next pop star and to have some vicarious fun as the judges cruelly rip apart bad acts and strange contestants.
Concerning last night’s offering, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) isn’t laughing. GLAAD is taking offense against FOX because the judges told one (presumably homosexual) contestant to put on a dress. Another asked someone who appeared to be an effeminate man, “Are you a girl?”
In a statement, a GLAAD spokeshuman said, “The real offense here was in the producer’s decision to add insult to injury by turning a contestant’s gender expression into the butt of a joke.”
Aside from the unfortunate wording here, have you ever noticed that the self-styled gay-rights movement is anything but gay whenever people express anything but lockstep enthusiasm for a lifestyle that celebrates sad “gender expressions” as normal?