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!"