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An Idol?

Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 11:28 PM

What are your thought's on American Idol allowing David Hernandez, 24, to remain among the competitors after it came to light prior to Tuesday's show that he had worked three years as a male stripper in Phoenix.

Hernandez allegedly worked at Dick's Cabaret in Phoenix where he would appear completely nude and perform lap dances for the mostly male customers.

News accounts say he quit working there in September of last year to participate on American Idol.

A potential American Idol? I can think of a better name.

Do you think Fox should have ignored the fact, dismissed him, apologized to the American public, especially the kids who watch the popular show, and allowed him to continue?

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Is he looking to American Idol to help him move beyond the stripping and lap dances to a singing career?

I don't know his story.

He could have been a runaway or street kid who preferred the lucrative job in the cabaret to prostitution or worse.

If he lets impressionable youngsters know that he wanted to leave a questionable lifestyle behind in favor of one that will require hard work as well as talent,that's one thing.

If he sells them on the idea that anything goes so long as you get fame and money,that's another.

Much of our popular culture is just as guilty of sexualizing young people as the strip clubs and just as guilty of exploiting the audience.

It's more a difference of degree rather than kind.

Before we make a lifelong condemnation of a youth who viewed himself as a commodity,maybe we need to ask whether it's just the physical contact that makes this sordid or whether encouraging the fantasies is just as damaging.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 5:11 AM

If we were to pull everyone who is in the American eye and open their closet doors there will be lots of bones falling out, regardless of who they are. We all have done things that wouldn't look so great if we were the ones being googled

We only know what we've seen with David and I have been a fan of his since the beginning. I never thought he would win but I think he certainly deserves to be in the competition a lot longer than most the girls this year.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 6:32 AM

To put it plainly, I don't care what he used to do. I also don't watch American Idol past the auditioning stage. However, it's not really his job nor is it the network's job to make sure your kids know that being a stripper isn't cool. I think if it would make him feel better he could apologize, or explain but I don't think it's something that he should be kicked off the show for not doing.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 7:47 AM

When I first heard this news I thought as much as I don't care if he is gay or what he has done in his past, this is American Idol. That bothers me a little bit in that the name of the show suggests contestants' should be of "idol" caliber. But hearing him sing and watching him perform...you can't help but love him. Maybe he did come from a tough background and is trying to break away and better himself. Perhaps it could be a good lesson for young folks who are struggling. A good lesson in "what not to do," or even a lesson about pursuing your dreams, despite circumstances. Maybe he is the perfect American Idol.

I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

-- Posted by sfowler on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 8:28 AM

I don't think we should judge people based on thier pasts. I am sure everyone has something they are not so proud of if it comes right down to it. At least he was not on the streets robbing people or selling drugs or anything else along those lines. Personally I am not so crazy about some of the stars that are already "idolized", Britney Spears for example. She had a great past, who could get more pure and innocent than the Mickey Mouse Club??? Look at her now, she is trashy and Lindsey Lohan too. I am a fan of David Hernandez, it is a singing competition and he is a good singer. It is not a competition for who has the cleanest past. I personally am rooting for David Archuleta to win it all, but would not be upset to see David Hernandez come in a close 2nd! (smile)

-- Posted by titansfan on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 8:34 AM

Who cares what David did before he ended up on Americal Idol? And why is everyone assuming that he's ashamed of his former job (I haven't read his version of things so maybe he has acted ashamed of it, I don't know)? Strippers are people too and while there are some for whom it's a dead-end, unenjoyable job, there are plenty of strippers who like their job.

I don't follow AI too closely, but wasn't there a girl (in the first season, maybe) who was kicked off for modeling lingerie on a website? If so, why the double standard?

LauraSFT, I totally agree with you.

-- Posted by cubicalgirl on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 10:27 AM

As long as he is not doing it now, it doesn't bother me.

It sounds to me like he is trying to move past it by quiting back in Sept.

I don't like the fact that Carley (sp?) gets a second chance at fame. Even though she is one of my favorites, for some reason, it doesn't seem fair.

-- Posted by Mary on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 12:35 PM

Heck, so what, the boy 'used' to be employed as a stripper. It seems to me he is making an effort to improve his life. I say give the boy this opportunity.

-- Posted by daisy mae on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 7:25 PM

After all, it is SHOW business.

-- Posted by dmcg on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 9:52 PM

David Hernandez is a good singer but he's not my pick for Idol anyway. I have to agree David Archuleta should get that title, that boy is awesome.

I hated that Danny went home tonight though. He wasn't the best singer but I loved his attitude.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 11:18 PM

David Hernandez should have been kicked off. Jason Castro is the best singer that AI has had this season.

-- Posted by time2relax on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 10:49 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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