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Cascadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:07 PM
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People who hate American Idol check in! (A Rant!)
I hate American Idol. I know I will tick off a lot of people for saying it but I don't care anymore. Of all of the dumbing down Americans are receiving, this takes the cake. It gets worse every year as well! The same goes with Reality TV too which American Idol IS a part of. You can say the same thing about "Dancing With The Stars" and "Survivor" too. "The Real World" on MTV? Why the hell is that show still on? It started to suck during the year they were in Seattle. I admit though I used to watch it when they had a diverse mix of real people (San Francisco was the best of the series!) and not the Abercrombie and Fitch models they have on it now. Just like the rest of MTV, it should have died a death long ago. Getting back to American Idol, doesn't everybody realize it's all one big sham? And it drives me nuts whenever the so-called news media in this country treats it like it's hard-hitting news. ARGH!!!! :grr:

I just want these shows to just freaking go away! Especially "American Idol"! It's all a joke!



John
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:17 PM
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1. It should never be treated as news.
That does make it very obvious that the news networks are about selling us a product.

I saw some talk show or news show (I forget where) that people are worked up about this guy who is doing well even though he can't sing. HELLO! They're all unoriginal no talent hacks! Just because you're a white girl who does a good imitation of Christina Agulera imitating Aretha Franklin doesn't mean you can sing. And it doesn't mean you belong on the radio. Its star search with hype.
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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:45 PM
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9. IMO, there's one girl on the show who's too talented to be there
(Her name's Melinda, BTW). Of course, the media would much rather focus on that Sanjaya kid's latest hairstyle (he's the hack who can't sing yet somehow warrants almost all the coverage.)
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 11:24 PM
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26. Only because of the fact that he is still there which is beyond me!
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:19 PM
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2. Actually, I can think of much worse examples of dumbing down....
Revising and rewriting classic literature to make them either worthy of 21st century sensibilities or to make them "easier" to understand is absolutely shameful and disgusting and should be outlawed.

American Idol? Pretty tame in comparison.
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:22 PM
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3. Any show that lets you vote multiple times on the phone,
is pretty much a joke!

Sanjaya has a fair amount of entertainment value, though! But only for about 10 seconds!

:hi:
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:35 PM
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4. I don't "Hate" but
I am proud to say I've never watched the show, and the news I follow would never mention something like that.. unless one of them was horribly killed on-set maybe :)
Do I sound snooty? hey sorry :hi: almost everything on tv now makes me ashamed just to see it


(btw I'm concentrating My HATE on one or two people. If enough people will concentrate... )
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:23 PM
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5. I don't like the show, but at least it requires some talent.
Edited on Wed Mar-28-07 10:23 PM by Starbucks Anarchist
Compared to The Real World, where they complain about living in a giant house for free.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:27 PM
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6. "American Idol" was a very fun show in 2003. Since then, however,
it has declined dramatically in quality and become much more crass - yet at the same time it has grown in popularity. The second season, in the spring of 2003 (the season with Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Kimberly Locke, etc.) had a festive, freewheeling, "live" atmosphere to it, which has never been recaptured in any of the succeeding seasons. They keep showing reruns of the first season of American Idol (a show called American Idol Rewind) but that's a mistake - they should be showing the second season again - the one that really established the show. I would go so far as to say that "American Idol" was the best thing that was on television in the spring of 2003. However, the show is just rolling along on inertia now, has taken on a stale atmosphere, and they'll still keep doing it as long as people still watch it, no matter what the quality or entertainment value.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:37 PM
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7. Don't hate it...just don't give a shit about it.
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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:41 PM
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8. I don't hate the show, but I hate the coverage of it
I don't normally watch the 10:00pm news on my local Fox channel, but one time I caught it, and I swear they care more about Idol than any actual news (of course it's Fox, and when have they ever cared about actual news?)

I say report the news, because I would guess that any real fans of the show would much rather get their information and talk about the program on the Internet, and leave TV coverage of the show to one those tacky entertainment programs (Entertainment Tonight, Extra, etc.)
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:49 PM
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10. Don't know never saw it.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:49 PM
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11. I don't "hate" it, but I've never watched it, and ignore any coverage of
it on the "news" or whatever. Matter of fact, I get more info about it here, inadvertently, than I do anywhere else.
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 11:21 PM
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12. I hate ALL reality TV.
I hate the way it takes so much precedence over the important news in our culture. It makes me sick.
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Cascadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 03:37 PM
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21. Reality TV should just go away.
I must confess that there was a time when I did watch "The Real World" on MTV but I stopped watching it when they got to the Seattle season. That was the show that started it all but now Reality TV is so old. I just want it to just fade away.


John
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 11:22 PM
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25. Yes, PLEAZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!! n/t
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 11:58 PM
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13. I've watched it once.
My husband loves it. I enjoy going to www.votefortheworst.com and watching them mess with the outcome.

Julie
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 06:37 AM
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14. I have only seen American Idol once and that was against my will.
My daughter and I were on vacation in a mountain cabin in Tennessee. She wanted to watch the show and since she had possession of the remote, I had no choice.
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Cascadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 03:35 PM
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20. Well at least you survived! HAHA! n/t
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 06:47 AM
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15. Why is it news? That's what I want to know...
I don't watch it. Don't care. My local news station shows effin' clips of it every morning - :wtf:

So annoying.
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I Have A Dream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 06:47 AM
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16. I've never watched any of them. n/t
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 07:57 AM
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17. Here is what makes it bad for me
The only show I tape for myself is House M.D. For a while, Fox was only only broadcasting a new House episode about once every 3 weeks, so American Idol could run for two hours, and on multiple nights. I don't care about Ryan Seacrest, the judges, or the pathetic contestants, yet I can't seem to avoid it, because AI gets coverage on other shows.

I also don't care who wins Survivor or any other reality show, but the others at least seem easier to avoid (for me).

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Cascadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 03:34 PM
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19. Being a big fan of House M.D. it annoys me a lot.
I cannot stand the fact that Fox has to bump House off all of the time. House M.D. is one of the best shows to come out in years and they have to screw with it's schedule every damn time! That's another thing that bothers me about American Idol.

John
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 08:02 AM
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18. it does not tick me off that you do not like it
you are entitled to not like it.

However, I do hope that I could get you to realize that not all entertainment has to stimulate the intellect. Some things should just be entertaining. Fluff has it's place in the world.

Hell, half the people here who rant about how stupid AI is watch porn.... tell me that isn't the dumbing down of American.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 03:38 PM
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22. I do enjoy "The Amazing Race", though
so I don't lump all reality TV together.
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 03:44 PM
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23. I have never seen it
The thing that truly pisses me off about that damn show is that they have after shows to follow up on it. Do they do that for actual important stuff like the firing of US Attorneys for political reasons? No, just a one minute mention of it on the nightly "news" before they begin what's going on on Survivor tonight.


I fucking hate "reality" TV.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 04:10 PM
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24. My American Idol plan. (NOT SERIOUS!!!!)
When I'm dictator of America, I intend to build a prison...not here, in some other country...say, Cuba? Then I'm going to send every auditioner for American Idol there and everybody who looks like Carrie Underwood or has seen "From Justin to Kelly" or read Fantasia Barrino's book. Clearly, they hate America and our way of life. That makes them terry-wrists because they want to destroy us. That's why they can't have rights or trials. We're going have them appear before this three-person board made up of Timbaland, Courtney Love, and the asshat who threw his coffee and pocket change at me last week and called me a "re-turd"...don't worry, these tribunals aren't going to have any real power. Instead, America, you get to choose who gets to go home every week by voting through a phone-in system where you can vote as many times as you'd like (a $0.95 per call surcharge applies) for who isn't a terry-wrist. See, that's democracy.

I'll take input from other people here, but we're going to do it my way. See...I'm the decider. If I listened to you, I wouldn't be the decider. You're all trying to make me think I have to listen to you, but I don't. The Flying Spaghetti Monster told me so. He said you're trying to fool me. Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me, you can't get fooled again.
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 11:27 PM
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27. Best. Rant. Ever.
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Qanisqineq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 11:29 PM
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28. I hate American Idol but
I do love Survivor. Can't explain why, I just do.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 08:41 PM
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29. Watched it for the first time last week
And thought how amazingly useless the commentators are.

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chknltl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 09:10 PM
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30. I hate "Haters"
Does that make me a hypocrite? Oh and I enjoy American Idol on occaision... but then I am that one and only singularly unique person on this planet who can say that he likes all kinds of music. I am not embarrased or ashamed to confess this.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 09:25 PM
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31. never saw it, so I cant exactly hate it - yet
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 09:26 PM
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32. American What?
I have it on "Ignore".
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 09:35 PM
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33. I don't like the show,period.
It relishes the cruelty that Simon jackass heaps on the contestants.
In fact, he's a "celebrity"- Gag me! :puke:

Why didn't this &*^^%% show get yanked when Simon
bad mouthed the contestants who had visible
disabilities? He even made fun of them! WTH?

Are we going back to the " entertainment" of the Christians
being throw to the lions?

:rant:


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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:56 PM
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37. VERY good point.
I find that part extremely offensive as well.
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izzybeans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 09:56 PM
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34. I find it has always been good for an extremely nice belly laugh, especially during
the finals.

You can't write satire this good, and I'm not talking about the mean-spirited production decisions they make about cutting good singers from the early auditions to get to the people 75% of the audience really tune in to see, and those are the W. Hung contestants that are either there poking fun at the show with their bad singing or are sadly delusional.

It's no mistake the only contestant worth a small pile of Pooh didn't win the show but won an Oscar (or the other woman who was booted for the show for being too good, or was it because she posed topless? Nope, it couldn't be that because look at what's-her-crust from this year). Then again I'll take 3/4 of the women in the gospel choir down the street from my old condo in Jersey over Jennifer Hudson (is this her name?) any day. I'm sure they would let her join in, but she'd have to pay her dues just like the rest of 'em.

The angst over the show from my end comes from knowing too many "starving artists" whose existence and profession is denigrated by this shit. I'll take sloppy drunk guitar player anyday over a simulacrum trying to "bring sexy back" as if he had the right to pretend it had ever left.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:38 PM
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35. AI is the largest contributor to the "dumbing down" of America...n/t
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S n o w b a l l Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 10:56 PM
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36. Who cares?
It's just a stupid teevee show. There are more important things to get bent out of shape over.

Write the news media if you don't want it shown as news...I have. I watch it when there is someone I want to see which means I've barely watched it this season but I have in the past and enjoyed it.
I hardly watch any tv unless it's news....to each his own.

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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:09 PM
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38. I get sick of hearing about Simon's so-called cynical judgments
He was the manger of the Spice Girls, for fuck's sake. What does he know about talent? He thought Jimmy Ray was the wave of the future.
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:42 PM
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42. Also, Bryan Adams and Whitney Houston songs sucked the first time around
Nausea-inducing over-the-top karaoke versions of them aren't necessary.

I just don't get what people see in this show.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:13 PM
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39. I've never watched it.
But I dislike that Ryan Seacrest, from what I've seen of him.

When pressed at work to admit that I didn't know that people
voted for the "idol", the group actually HISSED at me!

I got the feeling they thought I was "un-American", so I went
all the way and told them that I didn't watch it because I was
too busy trying to bring down the regime in my spare time.

At least it got a laugh. None of them trust me anyway....
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:27 PM
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40. Good rant!
I've seen 5 minutes of American Idol.

What a steaming pile.
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-30-07 11:33 PM
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41. I used to watch
The Real World too. Then the major networks ruined the whole concept with first Survivors and then the rest of the trash followed. Brides, Bachelors, Business People, Paris Hilton fer creeps sake ...

I rarely turn on tv at all. The internet has spoiled me.
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