I am a big fan of American Idol. I love the drama and I love listening to different talented people sing each year especially when they completely surprise you with amazing songs. So of course I’ve been watching it this year. Obviously there is a lot to be desired, the homophobic jokes between Simon and Ryan, the sizing individuals up like they’re meat. The way things like a person’s appearance can be torn apart. As well as the way they obviously have favorites and completely shove them in our face like they did on Tuesday with Danny Gokey. I have always been unwilling to dive to much into a full analysis of American Idol because, well, to be honest I just don’t want to ruin it for myself, it’s my mindless entertainment. But there was one thing I felt I had to comment on.
This Tuesday Casey Carleson sang “Every little thing she does is magic” by the Police. Granted, she did it badly but also she changed all the pronouns from “she” to “he”. I suppose it isn’t a real big deal, but honestly, would it be a big deal for woman to sing a song about wanting another woman. I mean, that is the way the song was written and my guess is that when most people sing it to themselves they don’t change the pronoun based on their sexual attraction. I would like, just once, for a contestant to go up there and sing the song the with the same words. Messing with any other words would be considered a shame, but if you change the pronoun because heaven forbid it sound like you like the same sex, than all is right with the world.
This season it seems we have a few openly gay competitors and I am curious to see how they will handle it. If they even feel compelled to change the lyrics so that they seem like they’re doing the “right” thing by America I will shit a brick. It shouldn’t matter if a man sings about loving a man or a woman about loving a woman, what should matter is their level of talent.
Some of my favorites from last season: