There has been a lot of talk and speculation about the FTC complaint that was filed against Clay Aiken by a group of fans claiming that they had been defrauded by the false image that was manufactured and projected of Clay Aiken by RCA, SONY/BMG and Aiken himself.
Below you will find the complaint:
February 22, 2006
Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras,
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,Washington, D.C. 20580
Re: False Advertising Complaint against RCA Records and SONY/BMG with regard to Clay Aiken
Dear Honorable Chairman Majoras,
Under the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act and Title 15 ofthe U.S. Code, please find that, the undersigned nine aggrieved consumers, hereby file a false advertising complaint against recording entities RCA Records (RCA) and parent conglomerate SONY/BMG MusicEntertainment (SONY/BMG). This complaint relates to observable trends and practices in the manner in which RCA and SONY/BMG markets and promotes its stable of artists nationwide and internationally. Based in New York City, SONY/BMG is a well-known recording industry conglomerate consisting of 17 separate record labels (including RCA) with offices around the world. These recording labels represent some of the world’s best known artists, including performer Clay Aiken.
This complaint raises the fundamental issue of whether, for these recording entities, the CD is the product or is the artist the product? We hold that, based on the company’s own actions and investment, that it is clearly the latter.
1. False And Misleading Advertising.
RCA and SONY/BMG have a vested interest in the marketing, promotion and advertising of their artists recording for their labels. They accomplish this through carefully crafted publicity, advertising and promotion to create a marketable public image for each artist, designed to entice the maximum amount of consumers. This calculated public image is further reinforced through scripted music videos and meticulously managed media interviews and appearances, among other devices. In fact,the marketing and publicity behind the manufactured public image is often termed the “Hollywood machine”.
RCA and SONY/BMG’s marketing, promotion and advertising of performer Clay Aiken presented a public image of a family friendly performer whose character was above reproach. This “clean cut” image extended to Mr. Aiken’s sexuality, which although being the subject of much speculation, has consistently been presented as being heterosexual.
Recent media reports have revealed that Mr. Aiken’s private behaviors and actions are vastly different from the manufactured packaged public image of Aiken that was marketed and advertised to consumers. This is both deceptive and misleading.
2. Collusion To Misrepresent
On information and belief, it is further maintained that specific executives and employees of RCA, SONY/BMG and Aiken were aware of Aiken’s behaviors and conduct that contradicted this established public image and engaged in collusion in an active attempt to mislead consumers and keep what was perceived to be potentially damaging information from becoming public. This is tantamount to a manufacturer concealing information about a defective product.
These individuals, among others in the employ of RCA, SONY/BMG, and Aiken, are identified as Roger Widynowski, RCA and SONY/BMG’s Director of Publicity, and John Dahlstrom, Aiken’s former assistant andhairdresser.
Most recently, representatives for RCA, SONY/BMG and Aiken have avoided any questions related to these revelations.
With SONY/BMG’s $10 million dollar settlement in NY State Attorney General Spitzer’s investigation into the practice of deceptive Payola radio promotion undertaken by the recording industry, it is an established pattern of deceptive marketing and promotion that extends here.
Title 15, Section 52 of the U.S. Code states that “it shall be unlawful for any … corporation to disseminate, or cause to be disseminated, any false advertisement.” Title 15, Section 55 defines “false advertisement” as an advertisement that is “misleading in a material respect.” Section 5 of the FTC Act prohibits “deceptive acts or practices.”
In sum, RCA’s and Sony/BMG’s marketing and promotional practices meet all three elements of the FTC Policy Statement on Deception (October 14,1983):
(1) the misrepresentation is likely to mislead the consumer; (2) the misrepresentation is likely to mislead a reasonable consumer; and (3)the misrepresentation is a material one.
As reasonable consumers, we were (1) misled by the accompanying marketing, advertising and promotion behind Mr. Aiken. (2) The recording entities and employees of same were aware of the misrepresentations and sought to conceal them. (3) The misrepresentations are material, affecting every consumer of any of Aiken’s CDs, concerts, or merchandise, and extend over all aspects of the promotion, marketing and advertising of same.
We urge the FTC to investigate this matter fully and exercise any and all means to enjoin RCA and SONY/BMG from engaging in further deceptive marketing and promotion of their artists.
Nine Aggrieved Consumers
Susan J. Patricia A. Jacquelyn C. Karen G.Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC Durham, NC San Francisco, CA
Phyllis S. Carol M. Karen G. Linda F. Kim M.Boston, MA Boise, ID Los Angeles, CA Scottsdale, AZ Newark, NJ
cc: Pamela Jones Harbour, CommissionerJon Leibowitz, CommissionerWilliam E. Kovacic, CommissionerJ. Thomas Rosch, Commissioner
1 In a 2003 interview, arranged by RCA, with ABC news reporter Diane Sawyer and broadcast nationwide, Mr. Aiken made certain assertions about himself and his public image.
Diane Sawyer: You never lost a love?
Clay Aiken: I don’t know that I’ve ever been in love…so…uh…and that doesn’t really bother me…uh..I don’t necessarily fall quickly. I’m OK with how I look and who I am but I’m not confident enough to go after somebody and have her reject me or that type of thing. I’m kinda shy when it comes to big social situations.
Diane: In Rolling Stone he hinted he’s a virgin and denied what’s asked him over and over again. Is he gay? He says no.
Clay: Somebody asked it right after the finale of the show…in the press conference with Ruben and me. I think the problem is I don’t think people know who what to do with me. They don’t know anything about me. I’m not completely blind and stupid. I’ve got a southern accent which people say is…uh…
Diane: All southern people are gay.
Clay: Well not…and and English people too…
Diane: Oh well THAT*they laugh*
Clay: I have some very effeminate qualities. I try to make sure I’m clean. I was raised by my mom and my 2 grandmothers really for a long time. I’m not completely blind to it. I have got used to people asking the question. They think…OK he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t go out and have sex with every woman that he sees. I think its high time there’s somebody who represents people who aren’t gay but don’t sleep around with everybody, you know. If I’m supposed to carry the banner for all the nerds in the world I’m fine with that too.
Additionally, Aiken appeared on the cover of the June 2003 issue of Rolling Stone with the headline “Growing Up Clay.” In the article, and in subsequent interviews with Larry King, Aiken admitted he had “some feminine qualities” but insisted he wasn’t gay.
Direct link to the FTC site below:
Recently, it has come to light that this lawsuit was SETTLED. There was no court battle to prove Clay and the others mentioned in this lawsuit innocent of the allegations, it was SETTLED to make it go away. That settlement indicates a tacit admission that the complaints that were brought forth in this lawsuit were valid and accurate.
This was recently posted by an admin of this blog:
Okay, for those who were wondering what happened with the FCC complaint/lawsuit, I was told (after I asked about it) that it was settled out of court. Great effort was undertaken into keeping it under wraps. So the ladies who sued, got back all the money they may have spent on Faiken
I remember being told that the suit was filed and that was the reason the CD was delayed. They were waiting to get everything cleared. Actually, when I heard this "insider" say the things that were revealed, the person got into details concerning the labels (both for Ruben and Faiken) and that's when I realized this person was telling the truth. I had heard the very same from someone who works for the labels, information that I had not shared with anyone on the blog. I also verified today something else I heard from this person, so I can tell this "insider" is as legit as it gets.
So, it seems that rather than defend Clay Aiken's claims of "heterosexuality" and his claims of being a "role model" those being sued decided to settle.
This case impacted Clay's career by delaying the release of his sophmore CD and caused him to change some things up in his own personal behavior.
The WWJD bracelet disappeared and never again in any interview, did Clay Aiken say outright that he is a heterosexual. He has danced around the question, refused to answer it, but he has never again denied being gay.
The settlement of this case seems to put to rest any debate about Clay's sexuality and the fraudulent image he seeks to present as a "role model".
Thursday, May 31, 2007
There has been a lot of talk and speculation about the FTC complaint that was filed against Clay Aiken by a group of fans claiming that they had been defrauded by the false image that was manufactured and projected of Clay Aiken by RCA, SONY/BMG and Aiken himself.
Posted by Percocet at 5:16 PM
Monday, May 28, 2007
One of Clay Aiken's most delusional nutjobs is at it again. Here's the latest.
My GuyPosts: 4898(5/27/07 12:45 am)Reply ezSupporter
Come on baby............
Let the good times roll......silly lines to a silly song but today I have really been thinking about our favorite entertainer.....All that lays ahead for him......all of those valleys he has gone through and conquered.....all the mountains he has climbed and will climb......All of the joys I know in my heart he will experience......the joys of making a difference to the children of the world......the joy of knowing love and being loved.....the joy of holding his first child......the joy of being on a stage somewhere and bringing joy to us for years to come!I admit that tonight I am missing him...which is a little odd seeing as how we have had so much of him to share recently...but things are so quiet now.....I find myself wondering where is he, what is he doing.....all of which is actually none of my business but I can't help but wonder.I do know that all is well with Clay....I can just sense that somehow.....and with that in mind all I can think of is.....Come on baby, let the good times roll....and the good times are just beginning.....the summer of Clay is about to start....a new cd is in the making.....a winter tour is planned.....we will be spending Christmas day with him....and in my heart I know this is the start of a brand new day for Clay and for us and for those who will soon know what we have always known.....his heart and his amazing talent are being seen more and more and many are discovering that he is a man of class and strength and determination...Right now we are in a holding pattern, waiting for that first announcement........"Ladies and gentlemen, Clay Aiken" and then the first notes from the orchestra and then.....that voice will be serenading us again and again and again.....Yes, there is that joy awaiting us.....and oh what joy there is going to be.......yep those words are kinda silly but I do think they apply....."Come on baby, let the good times roll.....roll all night long" Clay said he is "excited about the coming events of this summer and beyond" the summer is almost here and the beyond will surpass any of our expectations...Hold on everyone.....we are in for the time of our lives!
Posted by Percocet at 10:20 PM
Posted by Percocet at 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 27, 2007
It never ceases to amaze me the level of delusion prevalent in Clay Nation. The way they describe their relationship with Clay is so devoid of any sense of reality it's scary, but at the same time it's also sad. These people have latched on to an image and all of a sudden their lives are defined by the fantasy. Particularly fascinating is the post by that OlMass guy. He's an old guy smitten with Clay Aiken and who has totally delusional ideas about his idol. That alone falls into the creepy category, but interesting enough is his post below.
We all seem to agree that Clay finally appears to be receiving the respect from TPTB at AI and the media that we believe he should have since the beginning. I've been pondering why this is so and I've come to some conclusions: Respect from TPTB at AI? and who would that be, Ryan? Jeez! he mentions Clay and his upcoming tour and that's respect? 1. It is not just because of a positive PR push from TeamClay. Positive PR? OH! you mean going on Kimmel and inciting the mats to "kick butt"? or maybe talking trash about AI and their efforts at IGB? or what about the snafu in Afghanistan and his enormously fascinating (NOT the positive kind) Yahoo interview? Oh, it must be his idiotic skit on DWTS? Yeah, sooo much "positive" PR for Clay Aiken (big ass eye roll). 2. With all due respects to Jordin, Blake and Melinda, I think everyone realizes that the quality of talent on AI peaked with Clay and Ruben and has gone down each season since. Well, this is partially true, but there has been other quality singers coming out since then (especially Melinda), so I'll give you that one. 3. Clay has paid his dues and has worked harder than any other AI contestant to earn his success. Excuuuuuuse me? worked hard? well, if you mean working the mats hard, THAT I believe to be true, but the only hard working people has been his CULTIST fans who have worked their collective butts off to make his Cd's looked like they were successful. You said he EARNED it? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The only thing he has earned is the Award for biggest hypocrite EVER in show business, now THAT he earned. 4. He handled himself with dignity, grace and style in squelching the tabloid lies and innuendos. NOOOO, he handled himself by lying, deceiving, manipulating and HIDING from the truth. 5. Clay has proven that he is so much more than a competitor from a reality show. Yes, he's proven more. He's proven he's a conniving two faced liar who has used his fans to harass, intimidate and defame/libel those who doesn't worship him. He is not only a phenomenally talented singer, but also, he is a seasoned performer, comedian, (No YOU'RE the comedian with that comment) talk show guest extraordinaire (oh you mean disrespecting the HOST of a popular show and then getting a lot of mileage of it at his symphony performances?)and a magnanimously sincere humanitarian. Sincere? really? I guess he was sincere when he made fun of the kids in Uganda and he was sincere when he admitted all those "wonderful pics from Afghanistan were photo ops and he was also sincere when he talked about teaching "some kids" in his last trip. Magnanimous? How much money out of HIS OWN pocket has he given?
As you can see, this is the height of delusion, and the sad story here is that these people actually believe everything they tell themselves and have created an illusion and fantasy that apparently helps them move through life. To know that someone has deliberately fomented and encouraged this type of CULTIST behavior is sickening especially when he plays their vulnerabilities to his advantage. He knows about behaviors and how to control them so it makes it even more reprehensible. All these old mats must be some real lonely people and sometimes I can't help but pity them.
(My apologies to those of you who don't like rap, but the song and video were relevant in this case)
Posted by ZYBAN at 10:56 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Here's the latest in this past week's sales for AI alumni from Ken Barnes:
Elliott's 'Idol' showcase boosts sales big-time
As I work on setting an all-time record for falling behind today, I'm finally getting to the weekly Idol sales post. Fortunately (except for my incipient carpal tunnel syndrome), there's a lot going on, as Idol products continue to be a relative bright spot in a dark sales year.
Let's start with the album chart, where Daughtry still leads the pack but nearly falls out of the top 10, sliding from No. 6 to No. 10 as sales drop from 67,000 to 51,000 (about where he was before a one-week sales spike). His total is now 2.53 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Carrie's right behind him at 11, down from No. 8. Her sales, which also spiked the previous week, drop 17% to 47,000, and her total's 5.48 million.
Elliott has a great week, jumping from No. 67 to 20 as his sales more than double, from 11,000 to 25,000. Could his Idol appearance singing Wait for You have anything to do with this leap? Answers on a postcard. Total is 217,000.
More info on Idols on the album and digital songs chart follows.
After the three Idols in the top 20, we start to crater a bit.
Bucky drops 44-56 on the chart, skidding 30% in sales to 12,000 for a total of 131,000.
Fantasia continues to climb the chart, 93-91 this week, but her sales level off from 8,600 to 7,900. Total is 380,000.
Kellie picks up a little on the chart, 108-100, but her sales are also down, 9% to 7,100. Total is 533,000.
Katharine takes a big drop, 149-186, as sales fall from 5,500 to 4,200 and a total of 326,000.
Off the chart, Taylor sold 2,000, down from 2,800, for a 679,000 total.
Kimberley Locke (remembered this week) sold 1,300 for a three-week total of 8,500.
Ruben sold 900, down from 1,000, to hit 226,000 total.
Clay Aiken sold 500, down from 800, and remains at a rounded 511,000.
And Kelly sold 7,100 of her last album, down from 7,800; its total is 5.7 million.
Idol tracks:Top dog on the digital songs chart, again according to Nielsen SoundScan, is Daughtry, whose Home jumps 10-4 with a 26% sales boost to 74,000 downloads. Total is 517,000. And that's before his live performance on Idol this week makes its impact. It's Not Over inches up 40-39 on the chart, increasing its downloads by 1,000 to 24,000. Total is 1.24 million.
Kelly is also in the top 10, remaining at No. 7 with Never Again, which repeated its 64,000 sales number for a total of 305,000. She's also represented in the top 200 with Since U Been Gone (145-144, 7,000 downloads, up 7% for a 1.65 million total) and Because of You, which returns to the chart at 188 with 6,100 downloads, up 18%. Its total is 993,000, so she's a week or two away from a million on this one.
Carrie has four songs on the chart, led by Before He Cheats, which moves sideways, 12-12, on the chart but had a slight sales uptick, 57,000 compared to 54,000. Total is 1.29 million. I'll Stand by You drops 8-22, with a 37% drop to 39,000, but that 339,000-download total is a nice boost for the Idol Gives Back efforts. Wasted climbs 63-52, selling 17,000 (up 18%) for a total of 2.80 million, definitely the biggest song saleswise of her career so far. And Jesus, Take the Wheel drops 100-110, stabilizing its sales number at 9,500 for a total of 957,000.
Elliott mirrors his album chart leap with a 103-26 jump on this chart with Wait for You, which sold 35,000, compared to 9,200 the week before. Its total is 116,000.
Katharine falls 54-72 with Over It, although it's down in sales only 1,000 to 14,000. Total is 413,000.
Bucky's A Different World is stable, 122-124 on the chart with a slight jump in sales, from 7,600 to 8,000. Total is 49,000.
Kellie jumps on the chart at 151 with I Wonder, which sold 6,900, up from 5,300, for a total of 60,000.
Fantasia's When I See You climbs 170-154, increasing sales by a thousand to 6,900.Total is 41,000.
In related action, Maroon 5's This Love, performed by Blake last week, vaulted back on to the chart at No. 41 with 21,000 downloads, a 365% sales increase. Their She Will Be Loved piggybacks on that move to re-enter the chart at 102 with 10,000 sales, up almost double -- and now that it was performed by Blake this week, it's in line for a bigger jump on the chart next week. The Blake effect also worked for Robin Thicke's When I Get You Alone, which hit the chart at 183 with 6,200 downloads, way up from the previous week's 239.And finally, the Jordin and Blake songs from Bon Jovi night are still on the chart (in the original Bon Jovi versions): Livin' on a Prayer drops 65-96 with 11,000 downloads, while You Give Love a Bad Name (which might get another boost from Blake's reprise of it this week) drops 64-105 with 10,000.
Posted by Percocet at 11:39 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
A poofy haired Clay Aiken appeared in a skit with Jimmy Kimmel on last nights "Dancing With The Stars" finale.
One wonders what kind of impression Clay Aiken was trying to make on what was probably the largest audience he's appeared before since the AI5 finale.
Don't think there were many "Clayversions" with that appearance.
If anyone is noticing a different aroma on Clay lately, it's not the new American Idol colognes, it's "DESPERATION"...by Clay Aiken.
Posted by Percocet at 10:38 AM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Last night, an anonymous poster posted a link to download Clay Aiken's $50.00 field notes.
Here is the link: http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=D89F0AAE0EA6F013
Make of it what you will, but personally, I've seen middle school student reports that were more informative and more professionally done than this.
This report is made up of, what Clay Aiken himself referred to as "photo-ops".
Talk about bang for your buck...only not.
Posted by Percocet at 1:23 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
What's this I hear about UNICEF offering an exclusive incentive for donations of $50.00 or more: Clay's field report from Afghanistan!
Despite the pleas of some of the poorer Claymates, the Clayboard is being pretty strict about not letting this information get out, unless you have made the donation.
Wouldn't this field report be exactly the sort of thing that should get out to anyone who wants to read it? Wasn't the point of Clay's visit to educate us?! Apparently not.
This Afghanistan trip was never about teaching Americans about the situation over there. It was about tempting the Claymates to part with their money to raise money.
Funny, but I remember hearing something from Clay Aiken's own mouth about how pointless the Idol Gives Back exercise was, because it was just throwing money at a problem, rather than educating people about the causes, thus leading to some sort of permanent solution.
Is it really any surprise that Clay says such things, yet is in bed with an organization that is doing the exact same thing, dangling incentives for people to donate, and yet, restricting the flow of information about the very situation they claim to be trying to help.
Contributed by: Ibuprofen
The preceding is an observation made by one of our regular posters. It has been addressed before, but it begged repeating as it's a constant reminder of the hypocrisy so prevalent in Clay Nation. Clay Aiken pointed fingers at IGB for not speaking about the causes of hunger and criticized the fund raising event characterizing it basically as the equivalent of placing a band aid in a much bigger wound; he seemed to have forgotten that in his own effort to "help" Afghan children, he embarked in the same money throwing campaign he accused IGB of doing. I never knew that incentives such as "selling" field reports (which are available to the public for free) is something UNICEF sanctions. I tend to believe that anyone making a donation to any organization would not be interested in their reports since the intention is to offer needed help, but then I remember we are talking about Claymate puppets here and how their actions are always preceded by an agenda directed by the puppet master, so it puts it in a totally different perspective and then I "see" it. As Ibuprofen stated, it is "astounding" indeed.
Posted by ZYBAN at 1:52 AM
Monday, May 14, 2007
Photos were recently posted at http://x17online.com that showed Clay Aiken wearing the same sandals shown above. I had not personally looked at them when I saw the photos because what really caught my attention were his chicken legs. He has filled up, but his legs were not able to benefit (apparently) from the same nutrients that the rest of the body (especially his belly and chin) were able to benefit from. Someone else brought to the attention the sandals he was wearing and how the straps looked like gay pride rainbow colors. I decided to research said sandals and I was able to locate the designer, Paul Smith whose collection includes several designs where the colored stripes are common (mostly in thong sandals and sneakers). Note: This particular colors are not the typical rainbow colors found in gay pride merchandise.
Now, the question is whether Clay Aiken is sending a subtle message or is it a coincidence? In all fairness I can't say that he is or he's not, but I do have to say that if he's in the closet, it must be a pretty big GLASSED one. I don't know, it seems to me that wearing or using ANYTHING "rainbow" looking or related would be the LEAST of things I would do if my agenda was to hide the truth. On the other hand, it could also be that he's so sure that his deluded fans would NEVER believe anything that shows a much different Clay Aiken, therefore he can rub it in knowing they will never get it. Again, this is pure speculation on my part, but seeing how bold he has been in the past displaying his deceptive ways and manipulative nature, anything is possible. What do you think?
You be the judge.
Posted by ZYBAN at 1:17 AM
Sunday, May 13, 2007
"Happy Mother's Day" means more
Than have a happy day.
Within those words lie lots of things
We never get to say.
It means I love you first of all,
Then thanks for all you do.
It means you mean a lot to me,
And that I honor you.
But most of all, I guess it means
That I am thinking of
Your happiness on this, your day,
(copyright by Nicholas Gordon)
Posted by ZYBAN at 1:54 AM
Friday, May 11, 2007
How is there a typo there? Clay wanted me to provide him with information on people from my old blog, emails, and my sources and I would not. I did give him Percocets information. That's why I said many and not ANY.John Paulus Homepage 05.10.07 - 10:36 pm #
Why did you give him Perc's information? I thought at that point you were friends with her.
Percocet published innocent peoples IP's to include Sue's which caused Sue a lot of hurt. She was deserving.John Paulus Homepage 05.10.07 - 10:45 pm #
(Sigh) Clay, Clay, Clay. If there was anything you wanted to know about me, you could have come right to me. I'm right here. Not hiding.
It's true that I don't like you and you are well aware of that since you read this blog, but you also know that I don't have any personal agenda with you.
I am not a one night stand you had who can't let go.
I don't demand your attention and then flip out when I don't get it.
I don't track you, using others to learn about your sex life and then hold the information over your head.
I don't post things about you and then cowardly delete them. It's all right here for you to read.
This may be a stretch, but I think that on some level you enjoy this blog. I think you enjoy reading the opinions of people who actually "get" you. I think you probably enjoy seeing us make fun of the crazy mates, because I think you would probably love to say some of those things yourself. I think you probably enjoy the irreverence and sense of humor that is prevalent in this blog.
This blog has stayed consistent. It has never courted your Claymates and tried to make nice with them only to turn on them. It has never pretended to like you and then turned on you. We've always been clear. We see your fraudulent ways for exactly what they are. We see your manipulations. It's not about you being gay at all. Never has been. Quite a few of my closest friends are gay men. With you, however, your denial of your sexuality is just a small part of the greater fraud.
Now, as to your interest in and wanting information on me, specifically, why did you want it? What were you planning to do with it? Have me investigated? Try to intimidate me? Try to neutralize me or this blog? Were you going to have your Claymates "beat me up"?
That would be sneaky and underhanded, wouldnt it? Not exactly keeping with the "Clay Aiken" image.
And even if you do those things, it won't work. Clay, you don't frighten me. I am what I am and I am at peace with myself. I have things that I regret and things that I take pride in, any wrongs I may have done to anyone, I have made right and I fall asleep at night with a clean and clear conscience.
Obviously, it's not that way for you and that's a shame. You don't know what you are missing and the peace that it brings when you are honest with yourself and others.
My e-mail address is posted on this blog. If you click my name under "contributors" on the right hand side of the blog, it brings it up. If that is a problem for you, I will post it right here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anything you want to know about me, you can feel free to ask me directly and if I feel that the question does not compromise my security, I will answer and answer honestly. There is no need for you to "poke around" to try to learn about me. That's just cowardly.
It seems we have something in common. Apparently John Paulus has found you and I both "deserving" of his judgement and wrath, though he continually spews what a good "Christian" he is and what a "kind and loving" person he is on his blog. He even has the audacity to say that he is not one to judge. But you and I, we both know better, don't we?
So, Clay Aiken, this is an invitation to you to contact me for whatever you may want to know. I am not a fan, and I will not publish your e-mails as long as you keep them respectful as I would do in kind.
If you have any questions about my former involvement with John Paulus and our communications, you will get the truth about them from me. If you want to know what I think of your manipulation of your fanbase, you will get the truth about it from me. If you want to know how many see your "charitable" efforts, you will get the truth about it from me. If you want to know what to do about your hair and fashion problems, you will get the truth about it from me. If you want to know how ridiculous you looked on that horse last night, you will get the truth about it from me.
Again, Clay. Don't slink around trying to get information on me. I'm right here.
Posted by Percocet at 10:24 AM
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Posted by Percocet at 11:28 PM
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Often times I read a lot of stupid statements made by celebrities and non-celebrities, and most of the time I laugh and let them go mainly because the offenders are not worthy of criticism. They don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread, the solution to human kind problems or the one with the solutions to poverty. They also don’t brag about degrees or make themselves to be above anyone else in the business (except Tom “crazy ass space alien” Cruise, of course). This interview was totally different and it peaked my interest for a couple of reasons, one being it was Clay “the enlightened one” Faiken (and let’s face it, I’m biased) and secondly, it presents the REAL picture of the American Idol 2 runner-up in all his ignorance. Please be advised I interjected a few comments (in yellow). Enjoy the reading:
An Idol Who Really Gives Back
05/07/2007 7:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
Before charming the hearts of American Idol fans in 2003, singer Clay Aiken was a teacher, focusing on special education in his native North Carolina. Today, in addition to performing and recording, Clay acts (being the operative word) as an education ambassador for UNICEF, most recently in post-Taliban
YAHOO! MUSIC: What were your overall impressions of
CLAY: I think (do you? I don’t think so Faiken) more than anything, the trip to me was a stereotype-breaker because there are so many times in the U.S. that we see in the news the negative things that happen in Afghanistan. We see the head coverings and we think Muslim ,(sure, this coming from someone who dressed like the Taliban and grew a beard, did you say “stereotyping?) we hear about suicide bombings and terrorists, and we think "
YAHOO! MUSIC: Why education?
CLAY: Well you know, I was a teacher (sure you were Faiken *wink*), so education is kind of important (huh? kind of?) to me. I focus on education mainly (besides checking for manhunt links). with UNICEF on every trip that I take. A number of schools [in
YAHOO! MUSIC: The Idol Gives Back charity event raised more than $70 million. Could you relate to what you saw your fellow idols doing in
CLAY: I think there's definitely a problem (yep, YOU!) and I'll point to recent charity events--when people go and they talk about the need in an area or a country and they don't have the information (oh! and you do right? Like
YAHOO! MUSIC: Did you perform for the kids you met in
CLAY: [Laughing] I made the mistake in
YAHOO! MUSIC: Maybe someday you'll get a request. (Hopefully NOT)
CLAY: Maybe next time I take a trip I'll make it a point to learn a native song. (No, maybe you need to educate yourself about the country before you open your mouth!)
YAHOO! MUSIC: Do you have a favorite story of any of the people you met in
CLAY: One of the things that stuck with me more than anything else was just the hunger, the thirst for education. I mean, these kids wanted to go to school (no shit! You’re soooo observant). My social studies teacher [who accompanied me on the trip]--she was quite jealous (Oh Faiken, everyone is always jealous of you, aren’t they?). She's been teaching for 30 years and she's never had a class full of students who wanted to be there as much as these kids in
YAHOO! MUSIC: How has your work with UNICEF influenced your music? What do you take back with you? (The money it brings him from his cult followers under the guise of UNICEF/BAF)
CLAY: Every time I come back from these situations, you take a look at what's important to you (money, money, manhunt, and more money), and how privileged we are, and it's easy to take that back. But it's important to remember that we have to be a proactive society (and…and we all know how much you give back. Oh wait, we don’t!) . It's interesting to me to look at
YAHOO! MUSIC: How did it feel to be an American in
CLAY: One of the main things to remember is that people in
YAHOO! MUSIC: I saw in pictures of you that you'd changed your looks a bit to fit in there.
CLAY: I wanted to be culturally respectful to the country and the people there. It's kind of part of their culture to be bearded and to be dressed appropriately (AHHHH, DUH! BEFORE the Taliban was eliminated).
But that again is kind of part of the stereotype about
YAHOO! MUSIC: How can young people get involved?
CLAY: Learn about the things! (Like you DIDN’T do). You have to be educated about what's going on in your world. You have to know the problems. Poverty and hunger are only the effects of larger problems. (AAAHHHH, DUH!)
YAHOO! MUSIC: Why is it important for celebrities to be the face of UNICEF?
CLAY: I haven't necessarily heard too much negative, but I think the main problem is the media's attention. We are a society that only pays attention to in the media . (Don’t you know it, you media WHORE!)
We put too much emphasis on celebrities (coming from you, that’s funny).
And even though I am one and I don't mind the attention every once in a while (as I said, MEDIA WHORE), it's sad that you have to have a celebrity to bring attention to these causes. (Have you read about OTHER ambassadors that have made a difference and were NOT media whores????)
YAHOO! MUSIC: Do you still watch American Idol, and do you have an opinion on who's going to win this season?
CLAY: No comment. (…because those SOB’s didn’t invite me to the event and *I* am the most charitable and most philanthropic and most qualified person to take money off people. They missed on all that! I was able to get $180 *didn’tevenmakeadent* thousand dollars off my mates, imagine what I could’ve made if I had been there!!! My mates are millionaires and would’ve given up their inheritances, trust funds. Poker winnings, etc. for me, I mean, “the cause”)
So, as you can see the “former teacher” did not have all his P’s and Q’s when he planned his visit to Afghanistan. Then in his arrogance, he has the nerve to attack an organization for doing what he advised everyone to do, “to be proactive”. So what is it Faiken? If they had invited you to IGB you would’ve been praising the hell out of them while giving yourself part of the credit for the money collected, but since they didn’t you accuse them of not knowing what they’re talking about or what the countries need? Tell it to UNICEF because like RG stated in the previous blog, “UNICEF you have been punk’ed!"
Posted by ZYBAN at 8:15 PM
Last night on his blog, John Paulus posted alleged IM communications that he's had with Clay Aiken. He has since deleted them, but here is part of what he posted (date of the IM is February 5, 2007):
"Ok here's just a tease. I will provide no more than this.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:02:53 PM): How is your new job? Going well?
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:03:38 PM): My new job is just a temporary thing, but it is doing well. Thank you.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:03:56 PM): It got me out of the house and interacting with people.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:04:02 PM): Plus, I love to work.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:04:24 PM): That's good. Hopefully things will start going better for me in the next few months.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:04:28 PM): Hate getting up so early though. I am a night owl, so these early mornings are rough.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:04:37 PM): I hope they do.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:04:55 PM): They will.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:04:56 PM): I know that for a fact.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:05:00 PM): Good.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:05:33 PM): Don't tell me about it if you've told your other online friends. I don't want to be accused of leaking the information.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:05:33 PM): Do you know who that Percocet is?
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:05:49 PM): I don't know of her personally.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:06:17 PM): I do know that it is someone you use to IM and e-mail with some time ago.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:06:17 PM): Her? Female?
Clay (2/5/2007 6:06:18 PM): Do you know what her first name is?
Clay (2/5/2007 6:06:28 PM): Is her first name Sue?
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:06:31 PM): It's a female.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:06:38 PM): It is NOT Sue.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:06:59 PM): Thankfully.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:07:06 PM): If you are thinking that it's your friend Sue, I can tell you that it is not.
Clay (2/5/2007 6:07:06 PM): Do you know Sue?
Clay (2/5/2007 6:07:25 PM): Friend...ha.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:07:25 PM): Yes, but not too well.
John Paulus (2/5/2007 6:08:11 PM): Now you aren't being nice to me to get information are you?
Clay (2/5/2007 6:08:31 PM): No!
Clay (2/5/2007 6:08:53 PM): Just curious.
John Paulus Homepage 05.07.07 - 11:55 pm #"
In the above IM, John appears civil with "Clay", even expressing concern over being regarded as someone who "leaks" information about him. Early this morning, John Paulus denied that he had made any statements in any e-mails about Clay Aiken's weight or sexual activities at his home.
"First of all, I didn't see what was posted at Perc's blog, but if it had on there comments about him being too fat to top or about having sex while others were upstairs then I can assure you that those comments did NOT come from me.
John Paulus Homepage 05.08.07 - 2:34 am #'
Here are e-mails from John containing exactly such information about Clay. Notice in the last e-mail, John's effort to manipulate Percocet into blogging about the Scandals blog. In other e-mails, John passed along information with the expectation of Percocet blogging about it.
The following e-mails dated February 3, 2007 were posted on this blog on February 28 here:
Any of these e-mails can be forwarded to anyone who questions their authenticity. John's comments are in red.
Oh, you can bet I don't trust him. Not as far as I could through him and despite my prolific weight training, that wouldn't be very far at all. I believe about 15% that comes from his mouth and that's no exaggeration whatsoever. Listen, I get to talk or chat with him often. I know him VERY well and I know many of his friends. We all know that he's a habitual liar- and NOT very good. For this very reason alone, I imagine many in the entertainment industry don't want to bother or have anything to do with him. The man is a mess and he is doing it to himself.
I'm glad you gave Clay a talking to. I believe Clay was either high or out of his mind when he made that blog. All his nutcase fans feel like Clay has called them to battle. Unreal. Please be careful with Clay. I've had experience in my life with both drug users and people with mental illness who wouldn't get help and I've learned that you can trust neither.
If I were you, I wouldn't trust Clay at all right now. Don't confide in him. If he's out of sorts enough to fuck with his official fan club, I don't think there is anyone who he wouldn't hurt. Hell, he's even at the point where he is hurting himself and he doesn't seem to care. Clay has the money to get the best possible help for himself but he refuses to, and if he doesn't, he's going to go down in flames and he'll deserve to. Don't let him take you with him.
Well, I know Clay a lot better than he thinks I do. He thinks I am gullible, that I have no doubt. I just want to tell you a quick story. There's this guy that's been wanting to go out with me for about 18 months, but he lives in Chapel Hill which is nearly an hour from me so I have been reluctant. He's very very attractive and athletic, any way, he was telling me that Clay started to chat with him online and that they went out to lunch. He made it clear at lunch to Clay that there wouldn't be anything sexual whatsoever between them. He hasn't heard from Clay since. However, Clay has been seeing his friend on a regular basis. I'm telling you, Clay has got to be the biggest whore in the Raleigh area. Without a doubt. Oh, and just for a bit more of information. Both guys are TOPS! Could it be that Clay is now a bottom? Maybe his belly sticks out more than his d**k does and he can't use it anymore. lol
LOL! John, you sure have Clay's number! I love it!! See, Clay is convinced that there's nobody smarter than he is. But you and I both know that YOU are! I hope he keeps running his mouth to you and you sit back and laugh because you know you've got him! LOL
No, he has no idea that I know about him going to lunch with this guy or that I know of the guy that's been topping him on a regular occassion. There are a lot of guys that I know that Clay's been with. One day when he pulls some crap with me and tries to feed me one of his lies like; I've learned my lesson and I'm not hooking up anymore, then I'll ask- does that include so and so who had you screaming and reaching for your pillow and Kristy was sleeping upstairs in her room. lol I've already shocked him with a half a dozen guys names he's been with that no one has even heard about. Perhaps, this is why he talks to me- afraid that I'll reveal even more about him. I can tell you right now that Matt Clemens and my knowledge about the whole episode really worried him. He told me that himself. He said that if people found out he cut his concert off early and held up the tour bus to meet with Matt one last time, it could ruin him. That is what forced him to say "uncle" and apologize. Not that it was meaningful, but at least I got him to give in. Something I am sure very few people have been able to do.
Does Clay know you were considering dating the guy from Chapel Hill? If so, that is a nasty betrayal! I'd LMAO if you ever hit it off with John Dahlstrom! Clay IS a whore in ALL aspects of his life.
Oh, if you only knew how many times I sit back and laugh at him as he tries to BS me and I let him think that I believe him. Then once he's in so deep, I throw in something like this; well if that's the case and you've learned not to cheat then why did you try to hook up with Brandon while in Maryland on your tour. By the point, I normally get- "I've got to go. Talk to you later." Yes, with Clay's blog the focus of rebuttal should not have been to argue the point of whether or not he was dismissing the tabloid or Perez's claims, but how he's encouranging the youths on his sight to write about sex and how that is so not role model like. See this is something that the rabid mates would have much more difficulty arguing with and it will have thrown it back into Clay's face and caused his little blog to have backfired. He wants people to debate the truthfullness of the webcams, but he would never imagine that the debate would have been his encourgement of "sex stories" staring Clay Aiken and then rewarding perhaps a 13 year old fan for it. I think you really should consider writing a blog about that aspect of it and use a picture of Clay with children with a headline, Clay encourages his fans to write a sex scandal staring him.
________________________________________________________________So, it appears that John was quite comfortable presenting one face to "Clay", all the while propagating rumors and gossip about Clay's private life and revealing his duplicity and hypocrisy in his e-mails to Percocet. John now claims that he thinks Clay is a "nice" guy, and has referred to himself as "nice" and "honest". It's interesting that John seems to have a very different definition of "nice" and "honest" than most people.
All of John's e-mails to Percocet can be found in the archives here:
Posted by Percocet at 7:39 PM