Clay Aiken: Criticism of Adam Lambert Taken The Wrong Way. Never Actually Said American Idol Runnerup Was “Too Gay”

May 23, 2009 · Filed Under Kind of Satire 

Clay Aiken may wish he never opened his mouth or his blog.  Aiken, who finished second to Ruben Studdard in 2003, blasted this season’s runner-up on his blog deriding Lambert’s version of  Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” as “contrived,” “awful,” “slightly frightening,” and added  “Omigod, who dressed that boy?”

Aiken now writes that his comments were just meant to be colorful.

“Yes, I wrote that I thought my ears would bleed when I heard it,” admitted Aiken.  “But I never meant that they actually bled because Adam’s atrocious performance.  I just happen to be shaving when I heard him and cut my ear.  The bleeding was just as much my fault as Adam’s.”

“As far as allowing himself to be photographed kissing boys, that’s a different story.  There’s such a thing as coming out of the closet too early. I waited until my third album before I came out, and I certainly didn’t do it during a song.  When Adam sang “Ring of Fire” I didn’t no whether the Ring or Lambert was flaming more.

There’s nothing wrong with being gay.  Some of my best boyfriends are, but Adam made Freddie Mercury look like John Wayne.”

Aiken claims that some of his comments were taken out of context.

“When I said that ‘I like a cigar just as much as the next guy, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while,’ I wasn’t referring to Adam’s gayness any more than Groucho Marx was.”

The comments by Aiken were applauded by Claymates (Aiken fans) and derided by Adamaddicts (Lambert fans), but Clayadams (fans of both singers) said they “could go both ways,” then made a snare drum sound.

Asked for response, a Lambert representative refused to discuss the Aiken’s comments, only saying that, “I hope Clay enjoys Adam’s rendition of (Aiken’s) ‘This Is The Night’. Can you say ‘Sex Pistols’?   Really, can you say it?  There’s so many s’s that I tend to lisp and I’ve never even been a runner up on American Idol.” 

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13 Responses to “Clay Aiken: Criticism of Adam Lambert Taken The Wrong Way. Never Actually Said American Idol Runnerup Was “Too Gay””

  1. 1PissedOffSandy on May 23rd, 2009 1:48 pm

    So this is how the Democratic Auditor Candidate Elect spends the Memorial Day weekend…writing a headline longer than the story, and not out campaigning. Way to go!

  2. Carole K on May 23rd, 2009 8:57 pm

    Where the hell did this story come from? It is a pack of lies and if it was meant to be funny, it failed by a long shot!

  3. Mark on May 25th, 2009 2:35 am

    Ah, well, OK. I guess it was supposed to be, oh, satire, perhaps? Parody, maybe? What it IS is a poorly executed excuse for barroom humor and a glowing example of why America needs newspapers and other mainstream media with real reporters (not the Hannitys and Limbaughs or the half-dozen plagiarists that have been exposed at the NY over the years)and columnists who understand the rules. Nowhere was there anything to indicate that this was a flight of fancy, an imagined blog post by Clay Aiken. It started by commenting on something real and morphed into something else, with no disclaimer. This is why people should NEVER get their news from rank amateurs (that is, anyone with a computer and a few bucks to pay for a blog site). Oh, you’re a professional funnyman? Damn. I hadn’t heard of you. Maybe the Web has overinflated some egos, too…

  4. Steve Young on May 25th, 2009 9:55 am

    Mark,

    You found me out.

    SY

  5. Ann on May 25th, 2009 12:24 pm

    I read the original posts by Mr. Aiken…both the original post and the follow-up apology by Mr. Aiken to Mr. Lambert. People like you are dangerous. Some people will believe this drivel you spout in the name of humour. So not funny.

    Mr. Aiken was entitled to his opinion of the song Ring of Fire and to his opinion about the machinations of the AI judging biases (and how they might possible affect a results outcome. It was never about Adam Lambert, the man.

  6. Steve Young on May 25th, 2009 11:19 pm

    Ann,

    Drivel spouter, yes. Dangerous, never.

    SY

  7. shirley romano on June 4th, 2009 7:06 pm

    What a way to make a living,demeaning someone who is worth a thousand like you. They keep crawling out from the woodwork, looking for their 5 minutes of fame, by using lies and distorted statements to ensure that their columns are read. None of what you have written is funny, nor is it true.
    Not only are you a bad writer, Young, you are a liar a despicable disgrace to all legitimate writers.

  8. Steve Young on June 4th, 2009 7:52 pm

    What living?
    SY

  9. lalaladybugzz on June 8th, 2009 10:36 pm

    Steve, I thought you were a true journalist. In the headline you say that Clay never said that Adam was “too gay”. Congratulations. You did incorrectly quote Clay twice in your article. At no time, did Clay say “omigod, who dressed that boy”. Anybody knows that Clay has had delightful, ‘unusual’ outfits over the years, and an array of gorgeous, imported, very expensive attire when the occasion called for it.

    As if that ‘misquote’ wasn’t enough, you added these two paragraphs again, in quotes. Then you have the gall to say that Clay claimed his words were taken out of context. Nothing in those paragraphs was ever uttered by Clay Aiken:

    “Yes, I wrote that I thought my ears would bleed when I heard it,” admitted Aiken. “But I never meant that they actually bled because Adam’s atrocious performance. I just happen to be shaving when I heard him and cut my ear. The bleeding was just as much my fault as Adam’s.”

    “As far as allowing himself to be photographed kissing boys, that’s a different story. There’s such a thing as coming out of the closet too early. I waited until my third album before I came out, and I certainly didn’t do it during a song. When Adam sang “Ring of Fire” I didn’t no whether the Ring or Lambert was flaming more.” The quotes around these paragraphs are to honor the writer, Steve Young.

  10. Steve Young on June 9th, 2009 10:06 am

    Lalalady,

    Are you sure he never said those things?

    On the other had, where’d you get that “true journalist” thing? Now that demands some investigation.

    SY

  11. sher on June 19th, 2009 8:17 pm

    I think Adam is going to be toooo way big to deal with such jealous remarks. Clay is flaming! OMG!
    Adam needs to be cool in all his responces to the likes of these remarks. Clay open the wrong hole and stuck the wrong thingie in.Jus t say Excuse me/I’m sorry. Then play nice boys.

  12. redheadsrule on June 19th, 2009 8:22 pm

    Adam’s people need to conduct him in the way he should go.He is so hot right now and his talent so outstanding he is a target.He needs to not react.He needs to lay low and do his tour & album.The Clay thing is beneath him.

  13. redheadsrule on June 19th, 2009 9:03 pm

    “You know what I like about him? He’s fresh,” RedOne continued. “You can go almost whatever direction with him. People know him from being on ‘American Idol’ singing other people’s songs, but you can take him in a new direction, and this will be the first time you hear Adam Lambert with his signature. My goal is to get his signature out from him to the world.”

    Adam Lambert’s first studio album is set for release this fall. Unlike his labelmates, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta, whose records are licensed to Jive Records, Adam’s is licensed to RCA.

    While waiting for his album to be finished, Adam Lambert’s fans can enjoy several of his singles, “Mad World”, “No Boundaries”, “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “One”, which all have been made available for digital purchase. They can also catch Adam’s live performances with the other Idol castmates on Top Ten American Idol Summer Tour which will be started at Rose Garden in Portland on July 5.

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