Okay, I just can't stay silent even a second longer. I know I don't normally post on the weekends, but I saw this last week, and it's been bothering me since then.
Watch this, and tell me if it doesn't creep you out just a bit.
No, not the singing part - this kid David Archuleta is amazingly talented.
I'm talking about the fan hug part. Where Ryan calls up five girls from the audience and invites them to "hug" David Archuleta, who is sweet and embarrassed and trying to hide how horrified he is.
There is so much that is WRONG with this.
First off, could we give the kid a break? Is it not awkward enough to sing in front of millions of people live, but you have to let some fans come up into his space, right before he's going to sing, and invite them to hug him? WHOA!
I know it's a sad trade off for famous people to give up their privacy, but this felt like it crossed the line as being inappropriate. Do you really want every pre-teen and teenager who really likes a celebrity to think they deserve to go up and touch and hug that person? That's not a great thing to model, is it?
I know David Archuleta is all cute and innocent. And this isn't about his being gay or straight or questioning or whatever he ends up recognizing as his own personal sexual identity down the road.
Right now David Archuleta has NO sexual oomph! at all, which is clearly what America wants, since the voters got rid of the Australian hottie Michael Johns, who was a MAN!
No, David is a BOY, see?
and the girls who screamed and got to hug him were just little pre-teen girls with adolescent crushes on a cute boy with talent. So it was all innocent, right?
Where were the little pre-teen boys with crushes on David? How come they didn't get to come up and hug him, too?
It is amazing the MARCH IN STEP heterosexist attitude that this supposedly "sweet" fan moment fed into.
What about all the pre-teen gay boys? The ones watching at home, who are rooting for David Archuleta and who wished THEY were in the audience to scream and let him know how much they like him, too? How about their wishing to be there to hug him? Okay, that would still be inappropriate, but my point is...
shouldn't gay kids get to dream, too?
And why is American Idol so intent on building up the facade of hetero-normative culture?
Money, probably. But really, in addition to working on providing for food and education for kids in Africa, how about working to INCLUDE queer Kids here at home and around the world in the pop-love-fest that is American Idol?
How about acknowledging that there are gay fans, and gay contestants?
How about making our world a bit kinder and more inclusive?
Don't they make enough money, being the top show and all?
Isn't sometimes doing the right thing more important than doing the most expedient and most lucrative thing?
It was a HUG of SHAME.
And I'm embarrassed for Ryan. I feel bad for David Archuleta.
I love this show.
But going forward, I'm hoping for better.
Namaste, and enjoy watching,
ps- If you can't see the video clip above - some of the feeds are being "pulled" by the powers that be (go figure...), go to youtube.com and search "David Archuleta Webber" (that's for the composer of the song he sang that week) and you can watch the video there!