Check out this little spat between former Celebrity Apprentice contestants (not on the same season, though) John Rich and Clay Aiken:
Aiken posted the following comment on Tuesday evening while apparently taking in the Republican National Convention: "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon."
Rich responded, "CLAY! You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT! WOW." He noted, "I wonder how long it will be till @clayaiken takes that idiotic post down. Clay, you're better than that...I hope."
When Aiken did not respond, Rich fired off yet again: "And to finish it off, hashtags soberasamormon? I thought your charity was for inclusion, not EXCLUSION. What happened?"
Aiken, who competed on Apprentice this year for the National Inclusion Project (a charity that encourages an integrated environment for disabled and able-bodied children), did respond to that one. "My charity is. Why isn't your party?" he asked, adding a winking emoticon.
Hey, I think I know what happened! Clay Aiken must have been watching the first night of the Republican National Convention on MSNBC, which apparently cut away from every almost every single minority RNC speaker last night. NBC's video archive of notable speeches includes ones by Ann Romney, Chris Christie, John Boehner, Bob McDonnell, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, and Nikki Haley (who is part-Indian; Asian Indian, that is), but not ones by Artur Davis or Mia Love.
It's always preferable to presume lack of malice where possible. I liked Clay on American Idol and The Celebrity Apprentice. So let's give him the benefit of the doubt and figure that he was watching on MSNBC and that's why he's "sober as a Mormon." (HIS WORDS, NOT MINE)