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.
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.”
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”
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:
— Dylan (@scholaurship) April 30, 2018
— nessa (@ahoynessa) April 30, 2018
in case y’all forgot how racist, homophobic, & bigoted our country is, here are some tweets from american idol’s voting base. this show continues to be dictated by close-minded hicks. this isn’t american idol… it’s white, middle american idol. #AmericanIdol pic.twitter.com/sJE6vOrseV
— Dylan (@scholaurship) April 30, 2018
— dray? (@processroom) April 30, 2018
Tell me why the bottom 4 consisted of all LGBTQ/POC gotta love America #AmericanIdol
— foxy grandpa (@Skanktopus) April 30, 2018
— ????? (@dinahjanefonda) April 30, 2018
So the bottom four in Idol were the drag queen, the Latina immigrant, the black man, and the lesbian. Yeah, I’m done watching. @AdaVox has more talent than everyone else in the room combined. #AmericanIdol
— Ian Blumenfeld (@itblumenfeld) April 30, 2018
American Idol demonstrates what’s wrong with America. All of the diversity in the bottom and a bunch of average to bad folks at the top. #americanidol
— Bill Mattera (@BMattera) April 30, 2018
The three people eliminated from #americanIdol were a hispanic immigrant, a Filipino drag queen, and a black man.
All the straight white folk made it through, BTW.
This is some bullshit.
— Thrasher (@Zanysatsuma) April 30, 2018
Am I watching the same show as everyone else?? Jurnee has one of the best voices there hands down & I guarantee if her voice came out of Gabby Barrett she’d be regarded as the best; America’s racism & homophobia is really showing #AmericanIdol
— luke ?️? (@RealLifeFlop) April 30, 2018
— Rye ? (@GotABadBaby) April 30, 2018