Why I gave American Idol a chance last night is beyond me.
I love music and more so I love watching inspiring dreams get a chance to become reality.
Oh how I should have stuck to my regular 8pm weekday schedule watching the O’Reilly Factor.
Instead, I made the mistake watching one of America’s most embraced musically rich reality television shows.
Music is a powerful thing. It assists us in coping, celebration, and love. Normally, on day one of American Idol, we get an opportunity to watch contestants with incredible talent sing their hearts out. Simultaneously, viewers get entertained by the most ridiculous of contestants who are simply horrific in their singing abilities.
Many of the less talented contestants get disgruntled and oftentimes show extreme disrespect towards the judges. This year’s debut of American Idol didn’t need any contestant to show disrespect to anyone—Judge Steven Tyler did it for them.
The Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler, demonstrated incredibly poor judgment last night. What he did should make every mother, father, and young girl cringe. When an incredibly beautiful 15 year old Tampa native, Shannon Magrane, stepped onto the platform to sow off her pristine singing talent, Tyler’s mouth virtually dropped to the floor in awe.
She, like other contestants, was asked a bit about herself. She explained that her father was a former Cardinals pitcher who actually played in the 1987 World Series—Joe Magrane.
The spotlight was immediately taken off the young Shannon Magrane as Idol judges Steven, Randy, and J-lo asked Shannon to bring her dad along with the rest of her family into the room.
Shannon’s father Joe was cordial and more than respectful to the judges shaking their hands and asking how they enjoyed being in Savannah, Georgia.
To promote the brief small talk, the former World Series pitcher mentioned how Savannah was hot and humid. How such a statement opened up a bombshell for the rock and roll hall of famer Tyler.
No matter how beautiful a woman is, when you find out they are only 15 years of age, the human mind should shut down any possible sexual thoughts.
Unfortunately, this obviously was not so for Steven Tyler. Joe Magrane’s “hot and humid” remark specifically pertaining to Savannah’s weather was spun around to Joe’s 15 year old daughter when Tyler immediately responded with “Yeah, just like your daughter.”
Randy and J-Lo’s facial expressions were priceless. Shoot, if I were a judge on American Idol last night, my facial expression would have been just as priceless as it were when I watched the show in my own home.
Tyler’s remark was no accident. In fact, he never even apologized to the Magrane family for his inappropriate remark.
Shannon took the remark as if it never even happened. She possibly didn’t hear it. Who knows? Shannon’s father, Joe, on the other hand showed through his facial expression that he indeed heard Tyler’s vulgarity.
Yet like the true professional he is, Joe demonstrated incredible poise towards the situation by not letting Tyler’s sexual stupidity ruin his daughter’s chance to fulfill her singing dream. Shannon’s incredible voice earned her a slot in Hollywood.
Joe is a much better man than I. Personally, I couldn’t imagine what I would have done to Tyler and his stick figure body under the circumstance. I would hope I would have been the better man as Joe Magrane demonstrated himself to be. But would I allow my daughter to go on to Hollywood knowing she would be exposed to such a sexual predator?
Again, thankfully, I am not in that predicament because I personally believe I would be the man who ruined my daughter’s one time chance to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Tyler proved what a disgrace he truly is as a celebrity. I love the music of Aerosmith however the inappropriate and outlandish comment by their front man destroyed my desire to listen any longer to their songs let alone make the mistake of watching American Idol again.
Thankfully, The O’Reilly Factor will always be available at 8pm on Fox News.
Source: Kerry Patton
Editor’s Note: Kerry Patton is a Senior Analyst for WIKISTRAT. He has worked in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, focusing on intelligence and security interviewing current and former terrorists, including members of the Taliban.
He is the author of “Sociocultural Intelligence: The New Discipline of Intelligence Studies” and the children’s book “Sociocultural Intelligence: The New Discipline of Intelligence Studies.” You can follow him on Facebook.