Tonight, I was putting Jack to bed. When I got back in the den, Jon had turned on American Idol.
Truth be told, I like American Idol OK once they get to Hollywood but even still don't watch it too much. But I have never felt comfortable with the audition portion of the "competition". I thought it was just kind of mean. That said, people are adults and if they want to look ridiculous on tv, well, that's their choice.
So, back to tonight. When I walked into the room, they had someone called "Douglas" singing (my happy karaoke tune) "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi. They first interviewed him where he said that his father "hates him". This poor person very CLEARLY was mentally unstable. He was walking around in circles and singing off key while Paula, Randy and Simon just sat there and told him he was a bad singer.
I nearly cried. This poor person had Asbergers or some other disorder and it was like the cool kids in school making fun of the poor mentally challenged kid by making him do stupid "tricks" for their amusement.
Now, I know that some producer chooses the best and the worst for the three of them to see. But, that segment should have NEVER been allowed to air.
For a show that claims to be a "family" show, what lessons are we teaching our children? It's OK to laugh at people who are different?
Shame on you, American Idol. Someone there should have had more compassion.