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« Fox's "American Idol 3": This is democracy in action. . . . | Main | AFJ's scurrilous, though clever, bit of spam »

April 22, 2004

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Jason Steffens

Good analysis. The voting system really does appear to be messed up. (Which makes Ryan Seacrest's preaching last night at the end of the show even more annoying.)

Matt

It's certainly technically possible to limit calls to a set number of votes for any one contestant per phone number--ABC did it with the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire phone game. My thought is that they don't want to do it, not because of the impact on results (I don't watch, but based on what I've read, watching Jennifer, Fantasia, and LaToya perform for the next few weeks would be more entertaining than watching John perform), but because if it were limited, there'd be a lot fewer votes, so Seacrest and the producers couldn't pimp "24 million votes!"

THERESA MCGEE

One way they could control this voting situation is by charging per vote that would eliminate all those redial votes

ISALA

THE SHOW IS AMERICAN IDOL COME ON THE ONLY ONES THAT WATCH THIS SHOW AND VOTE ARE THE MAJORITY AND THEY ARE WHITE AMERICA IS STILL VERY RACIST, LETS JUST FACE IT THAT ISSUE WILL NEVER BE SOLVED IN THIS TIME WE LIVE IN, ITS ALL A WASTE OF TIME ONLY 4 GIRLS CAN REALLY SING AND YES, I WILL SAY IT ALL THREE BLACK GIRLS AND THE HAWIAN GIRL THEY HAVE TALENT. BUT OF COURSE AMERICA DOESN'T

Screams

I think that American Idol goes beyond all duties to be racist. All 3 black singers are great. None of the white or other singers really sounded too good. They were alright - but, that's about it. I think the show 'pre-sets' the winners by making pre-determined choices as to who will even be on the show. And don't give me that bunk about the 'people vote'........who knows what goes on behind the shows closed doors? You?! I didn't think so. Anyway - welcome to the new America. The media sucks and it continues to suck every gullible individual into it.

Isala sucks ass

Piss off Isala, stop your damn whining. The people that watch are the ones that spend the money. If it was just a bunch of lousy blacks singing, then the ratings would be just like the UPN Monday night ratings, no one would watch, no advertisers would spend money on it, it wouldn't be on at all. Shut the fuck up, you whining racists fuck.

redhen

I applaud Elton John. If more white people would start taking a stand against racism things would change. but white Americans continue to say "its not racism".

Racism is the power to take a less qualified white person and say they have more talent than a more qualified black person, then vote for the white person to be the American Idol. Whites can do this because they represent 81% of the voters.

Institutionalized racism is a system created by whites to exclude blacks. It is a system where white people do not have do anything but be white to win. Can you say "white privilege"?

What we see happening on American Idol is a microcosm of what happens everyday in America;
a less qualified white person competing with a more talented, more qualified black person. The black person gets eliminated. When someone complains the whites say "its not racism".

This is also about gender. How many black females get lead roles on TV and the movies. Most of the time you see a white, latino or very light skinned black woman that can pass for white in these roles.

How about less qualified black that get jobs, or admitted to schools simply because they are black? How about the fact that the quality of job markets and diplomas are dragged down by the fact that unqualified blacks and latinos are given a leg up over the qualified competition. How about the fact that an eduacted minority is an aberation, not the norm that white america is hiding. How about the fact that not a single black who does get cast in roles varies from the steroetypes, and that blacks who go to the movies, or watch them on TV only want to see the gutter trash expoitive crap that hollywood puts out. Drag yourselves ouot of the muck, don't rely on stepping on white people to get ahead.

Ernest

Let's remember who are doing the majority of the hiring. White men who may decide to hire the so-called less qualified blacks only do it because they are forced to give oppportunity to those they typically would not. I mean minorities. After they've filled 99% of the jobs (and schools for that matter) with whites with no consideration of hiring anyone else, they then make the minorities compete for the last few positions. Undoubtedly during the hiring (or admittance)process of the first 85-99% there were plenty of more-than-qualified minority applicants, but affirmative action hadn't kicked in yet, since there were still some positions left. The hiring personnel could argue that "Don't worry, we are open to hiring minorities." When the last couple of job openings are left and they look at the lilly white work force or student body, they say "Wait a minute. If we don't hire some minorities, we might get in trouble."

At this point there are three schools of thought that the business owners can have.

1. If we have to hire a minority, let's get the best one we can find. (Which could have easily been found earlier when they were not in the Affirmative Action Zone.)
This is the preferred of the three.

2. If we have to hire a minority, let's get one who is substandard so we can say "I told you so"
This is the most common of the three.

3. If we have to hire a black and a woman, let's hire a black woman and kill 2 birds with one stone.
This can be coupled with either 1. or 2. but typically will go with 1. because a qualified black woman is not as threatening to a white man as a black man, because she has two strikes against her to overcome.

We're doing a great job at dragging ourselves out of the muck that you have worked and continue to work so hard at pushing us in.

citizendude

To the twits that constantly talk about us blacks pulling ourselves up and not relying on whites. Get a clue. I went to a prestigious university and I guess affirmative action had something to do with that (not that my 1260 SAT score meant much). When I failed a course did you think I got waived based on my color ? No !!! I had to repeat the course. Where was this holy grail of affirmative action when I needed it on several occassions. Of course little can be said about the white folks that partied all week and was still abled to pull off A's or get waived since "Dad" is a major contributor to the school. Fact is most of us blacks that "pull ourselves up" work twice as hard for less than half the rewards enjoyed by most whites (and that's if we're lucky). Want to end affirmative action ? Buck up and be fair for once in your bloody lives. And then feel free to spew that garbage about us folks needing handouts. And yes, that was some covert ops styled rigging on American Idol.

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