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'American Idol' to Welcome Its First Openly Gay Contestant

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    For the first time in it's twelve year history, 'American Idol' will have its first openly gay contestant competing in a "live" round this season. While many other contestants have come out as gay after their time on the show, MK Nobilette will be the first contestant that has publicly come out in the audition process.

    Some of the best parts of the audition came after she completed her piece. The judges seemed to have no issue with her wonderful voice, but were openly opining about whether Idol was ready for an openly gay contestant. Harry Connick, Jr. wondered "how do you fit in? Do you not fit in? If we think it, what will America think?" I almost couldn't believe what I was hearing when I came across that video. Did he seriously just ask a gay woman if "America" was ready to watch her use sing on a contestant show? I'm no Idol fan, but I would like to give them more credit than that.

    Nobilette's response to Connick was priceless and shows that she is the best person to break this barrier that took the show over a decade to break. She eloquently replied: "There are always going to be people in America, and everywhere else, that are going to hate. But in the last two years, I think there have been a lot of things that have really changed that and have made it a positive thing." With that response, a twenty year old lesbian won over her judges and became the first openly gay contestant to come out of the audition process.

    America is changing. It has taken a long, long time for these attitudes to change, but they are finally changing. It's nice to see that 'American Idol' is finally coming around to that recognition, as well.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I watch the show. I watched the episode where they were pairing it down to 30 finalists. As she sat there, I thought she was a younger boy. She really sings very well. I wish her luck. I don't think that she'll win though, there are still too many haters out there, It's a show where you depend on mass numbers of voters. It would be great if she could make it to the final 4 - 6 contestants though. A step towards more acceptance.
    Previously they had a guy.... I think his name was Adam Lambert. He wasn't out yet but seemed obviously gay. I think he came out a year later. He was a very good performer.
    It was good that they broached the topic. However clumsy they were about it...... it made it clear that this shouldn't hold you back if you are prepared to deal with it.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    This HAS to be the least interesting news topic of the year so far...

    I don't watch, and probably never will but I assume that lots of people on there are gay and always have been.

    Poor Connick for actually giving an honest opinion instead of making sure to give the politically correct response. There will be hell to pay.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    jamesn,
    Scan the topics on the front page of this site. No Pulitzer prizes are going to be awarded. I'd love it if more decent new topics were posted but many here never start a new topic. Instead they go to the Big Bang created God and type what they have typed 80 times previously. Unbelievable !!!! Maybe after 60 or 70 times it starts to sound fresh or different. There's no wonder it's the most replied to topic in modern history. And yet, not one persons mind has been changed.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    You are 100% correct. Big bang has about 24 pages of the SAME EXACT CRAP posted page after page after page and I wouldn't be surprised if it runs ANOTHER 24 pages with the SAME EXACT CRAP which has nothing to do with politics on this supposedly, allegedly political forum.

    As for the gay person on the TV: WHOOP DE DO! Stop the world and let's make a big deal out of this non-story! The sooner we stop talking about it, the sooner it will become a non-issue.

    And that's what it is...a non issue.

    P.S. the Big Bang is not from this year.