Sunday, April 27, 2008

Discriminating Debate

Over the weekend we had a belated birthday cookout for my Parents. Yes, I meant both parents. They were born on the same day, month and year; my Mom is a few hours older than my Dad. Soul mates for sure.

While enjoying our dinner the topic turned to American Idol. I have admitted on this site that the show has lost my interest but I do still DVR it and fast forward through most of it. I am familiar with the contestants and do not really have an allegiance to any one in particular.

Both my B-I-Ls made a rather odd statement about the show this year that I thought I’d share here. B-I-L 2 stated that he was glad Carly was gone because she wasn’t American. B-I-L 1 stated that he felt the exact same way when the Australian contestant was eliminated. I was a little shocked by both their statements as every one of us around the table have an ethnic heritage.

Wicked: (question to B-I-L 1) Just where exactly are you from?

BIL 1: Millersville!

Wicked: Try again.

BIL 1: Oh, okay...PA.

Wicked: Your roots are?

BIL 1: Italian.

BIL 2: I know what you mean, every single contestant is from some where else. Couldn’t they find Americans?

Wicked: Um guys, unless Simon Cowell goes up to the Native American Reservations and searches for contestants from there, the show is representative of America. The melting pot. The reason your ancestors and my parents came to this country. Land of opportunity, etc.

I have never cleared a room so fast in my life. I will have to use this tool again, soon.


sophie said...

How interesting. I never really thought about it. I didn't hear anyone say that about Jasmine Trias or Ramiel Malabar, but perhaps I missed it.

I have heard that the contestants are "too good" this year and that's why the ratings and interest are down. We still watch it, but with less fervor. It is one show we can watch with the girls and all enjoy.

Karina said...

And very very true! Is it because they both had accents unlike the rest of the contestants? Because Michael Johns, the Australian is about my age (okay fine, he's a few years younger than I), and he moved here when he was about 10 or so (I think I remember him saying) as did I...I consider myself an American (and yes, I am a citizen, but do we know whether or not he was?)'s a very interesting discussion indeed.

but hey, you learned a new tactic for clearing a room! ;-)

The CEO said...

I always thought that in-laws were there to demonstrate that the family had values to begin with.

Frances said...

Had a friend who called his in-laws the outlaws ;)

Dating at Forty said...

Just felt the need to mention that my EX-husband and I also have the same birthday. We thought it meant we were soul mates too. Ha! Glad it worked out better for your parents.

Crazy Lady said...

I don't watch AI, so I can't even give you an opinion!

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Ugh. Isn't that just the most baffling and mind-numbingly frustrating conversation? I have similar ones with my family. What really rubs me is when my mother says, "If you're going to live in this country, you should speak English."

Um, HELLO! Our ancestors were Swiss German. I very much doubt they actually spoke English when they emigrated here in the 1850s.

Love my family, but sometimes it's everything I can do not to look at them and call them "Idiots."

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

Wow, what a cool story.

Just stopped by to give you my Battle of the Blogs vote on May Day.

Have a good night!