"American Idol" has a split personality.
I have heard parents talk about how the Hollywood portion of the annual talent show is one of the few things that the whole family sits down and watches together, something that's a rarity in today's society.
But at church last night, my pastor was complaining about an incident from the tryout portion of the show in which a competitor mooned the judges and assaulted them with a barrage of obscenities -- bleeped, but still obvious to anyone paying attention. My pastor noted that since the show's producers have to choose from among many thousands of auditionees when putting together these tryout episodes, they had to have specifically selected that outrageous tantrum, just to titillate the audience.
So, readers, which is it? Is "American Idol" a wholesome family show, or is it an offense to society? Or maybe a little bit of both?
I am not a huge, every-week "American Idol" fan, but there have been some years that I've casually followed the competition. I don't care for the tryout shows, however, because they seem focused on humiliating the people (some of whom seem mentally unstable) who are completely talentless but have somehow convinced themselves that they are the greatest entertainers of our time. It's almost like exploiting the mentally ill, in some cases.