american idol top 7
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Outrage Ensues After ‘American Idol’ Eliminates 3 People of Color, Including a Drag Queen, at Once

On Sunday’s Disney-themed episode of American Idol, three contestants were sent home after a live vote. Each of the finalists sang one song from a Disney animated classic. In a first for the franchise, the show aired live nationwide. America got to vote for their favorites in real-time, with the results revealed by host Ryan Seacrest at the end of the episode. The American Idol top 7 seven vote-getters — Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe, Jurnee Siani, Catie Turner and Michael J. Woodard — moved on while the bottom three were eliminated from the competition.

That meant Dennis Lorenzo, Michelle Sussett and Ada Vox were sent packing. Many people were quick to point out that all three contestants eliminated were people of color. Lorenzo is African-American, Sussett is a refugee from Venezuela, and Vox, who is also drag queen, is Fillipino.

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Michelle Sussett

Not only were the bottom three all people of color. Jurnee Siani, who is African-American and married to a woman, was with them in the bottom four. She moved on to the next round in the competition, but that means that all the white, straight people weren’t even close from being eliminated this week.

Rye tweeted, “The lesbian, the drag queen, the border crosser, the black man. THE BOTTOM 4 EVERYBODY! Only in trump’s America! #AmericanIdol.”

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Theeightyfives added, “Seems like the same people voting on #AmericanIdol were the same ones who voted for the President. This show just got racist as shit.”

Many people were extremely saddened by the exit of Ada Vox, who was considered to be one of the most talented and most diverse competitors on this season of American Idol. Christopher Thornton wrote, “Once again, just like Election Night 2016, America got the votes wrong. Ada was robbed. #AmericanIdol”

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Dennis Lorenzo

Madison added, “Jesus Christ I’m crying. I knew this would happen. AMERICA IS PREJUDICE AND HOMOPHOBIC AS FUCK, @AdaVox SLAYED WEEK AFTER WEEK. SHE WAS THE FUCKING BEST ON THE FUCKING SHOW. IM DISGUSTED #AmericanIdol”

Tonight we saw some amazing and strong performers go home. Whiteness was picked over talent. This is a reminder that POC and queer visibility are the least of what American Idol viewers want. Obviously, there’s still more work that has to be done.

Check out some responses to the lack of diversity in the American Idol Top 7:

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