Trump’s America Crashes American Idol Party

Outrage Ensues After ‘American Idol’ Eliminates 3 People of Color, Including a Drag Queen, at Once


by Johnny Punish

Is American Idol Racist?  Did we just witness our electorate again default to tribalism?

On Sunday’s Disney-themed episode of American Idol, three contestants were sent home after a live vote. Each of the finalists sang one song from a Disney animated classic. In a first for the franchise, the show aired live nationwide. America got to vote for their favorites in real-time, with the results revealed by host Ryan Seacrest at the end of the episode.

The American Idol top 7 seven vote-getters — Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe, Jurnee Siani, Catie Turner and Michael J. Woodard — moved on while the bottom three were eliminated from the competition.

That meant Dennis Lorenzo, Michelle Sussett and Ada Vox were sent packing. Many people were quick to point out that all three contestants eliminated were people of color. Lorenzo is African-American, Sussett is a refugee from Venezuela, and Vox, who is also drag queen, is Fillipino.

In my house, to me, it was painfully obvious what was going on.  Last week, the judges had to save the People of Color (POC) to get them on this Top 10 show because America voted them out last week.  My guests were all hoping it was just a weird quirk and America would get it right. I was hoping with them. But alas Idol gave America the keys and they did it again like clockwork.  Same exact thing!  Predictable!

For me, I was hoping Vegas had a line on the vote cause I would have cashed in big time.  I literally called it out right from the beginning whilst my guests where still hoping America would NOT go full Trump again!  I appreciate the hope.  I admire it.  But I would NEVER bet on it.

I mean not only were the bottom three all people of color, Jurnee Siani, who is African-American and married to a woman, was with them in the bottom four. She moved on to the next round in the competition, but that means that all the white, straight people weren’t even close from being eliminated this week.

Rye tweeted, “The lesbian, the drag queen, the border crosser, the black man. THE BOTTOM 4 EVERYBODY! Only in trump’s America! #AmericanIdol.

Theeightyfives added, “Seems like the same people voting on #AmericanIdol were the same ones who voted for the President. This show just got racist as shit.

Many people were extremely saddened by the exit of Ada Vox, who was considered to be one of the most talented and most diverse competitors on this season of American Idol. Christopher Thornton wrote, “Once again, just like Election Night 2016, America got the votes wrong. Ada was robbed. #AmericanIdol


Tonight we saw some amazing and strong performers go home. Whiteness was picked over talent. This is a reminder that POC and queer visibility are the least of what American Idol viewers want. Obviously, there’s still more work that has to be done.

So is American Idol Racist?

Oh Hell NO!

Idol is a super great show giving young people a shot.  They really tried to their best to make it fair and open for everyone and it was.  America Idol gets a super A+ and deserves full respect!

However, in Trump’s “Frightened of Losing our Culture” America, good people who live in fear of predators that do NOT exist have NO PATH to exercise their very best self.  Sadly, they are forced into tribal boxes by politicians and profiteers who exploit without consequence.  It’s retarding our country.  This regressing has gotta stop folks!

It really upsets me because this terrible exploitation of all of us outlines the very sad vision-less walls that exist between “us” and “them”.  We can do so much better. We must!

So I call on you and everyone reading this post to consistently reject walls at every turn in every place.  Let’s not default to narrowed minded vision less “color” politics because we’re afraid of predators that do NOT exist.

Yes, culture will evolve as it always does.  That’s normal folks!  It’s nothing to fear!  Yes we lose things but we gain even more.  So drop the fear! Embrace the future! Let’s rise above and truly reach our potential by reaching out across lines, building bridges and connecting our world to all our brothers and sisters.  

We have a long way to go to make America and American Idol Great Again!

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