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      Well, it seems that tone of voice can make all the difference in the world when a statement is made.   It has been reported that a contestant, by the name of Mark Mudd, auditioned for the American Idol show.   The audition apparently didn’t go well and as he was exiting, Mark Mudd said, “Be Careful”.   The American Idol judges took that comment negatively since the audition didn’t get him on the show.  

       Both Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul allegedly felt threatened.   With Paula Abdul’s recent experience with an obssessed fan’s, Paula Goodspeed, suicide near her home…it is understandable that she would be a bit wary; however, i think had they concentrated on Mark Mudd’s tone of voice…maybe they would have heard a clue that tipped the balance of common sense that the statement held no threat of future violence.  The judge’s alleged perception of the statement was influenced by the alleged failure of the audition to get the performer on the program as a contestant.

       The audition was in Louisville, Kentucky; and in that region of the country, and others, “be careful” is a common phrase spoken in parting.   I do it myself…it is the way i grew up…it is a caring way to part company; it expresses concern for the other person’s well-being.   (more…)

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      Wow… I just watched a clip from The View today in which Barbara Walters talks about an interview she did with Paula Abdul on her radio show.  http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6425460

       In the chat fest in the beginning of the show Barbara refers to that interview when she says that Paula has dropped a few explosive bombs about American Idol producers, Fox television, as well as,  Simon Cowell.

         As many of you know, there was an unfortunate young woman who was allegedly obsessed with Paula Adbul who died in front of Paula’s home…allegedly a suicide.  This young woman, Paula Goodspeed, has been supposedly sending letters and trying to make contact with Paula Abdul for something like 17 years, through her fan club. 

         Abdul claims in the radio interview with Barbara Walters that the producers of American Idol knew of this young woman’s obsession and still they allowed her to audition for the three Idol judges.  That audition  appears to have caused much harm; because of the rejection  Paula Goodspeed felt that she was publically humiliated.  Does a show like this carry a  legal and moral responsibility to pre-screen contestants; to make sure that they can handle the criticism that they face on the show?  I think they should.

          Paula Abdul says that she begged the producers and Simon not to allow Ms. Goodspeed to audition…but, against her wishes they allowed her to audition, possibly more than once.  It put her in a terrible position; Paula says that the producers and Simon wished to see her squirm. 

          At some point, Ms. Goodspeed followed Paula Abdul to her home address.  There were other incidents that took place there before the actual suicide took place.  Paula was not home when the suicide took place.  She now has her home for sale i hear; she says she has not slept there since it happened.

         Paula also says that she has lost endorsements and business opportunities because of the public’s perception that she is drunk or stoned on medications; because of the way that she is portrayed on the show.  She says, part of, that is caused by Simon who says crazy things in Paula’s ear piece while she is trying to communicate her “judgement”.   She says, something to the effect, that this is a distraction; and, Simon tries to make her laugh when she is trying to graciously speak to the contestants.

         If these things are true, and she can prove them…i see this turning into a major big, legal deal.  Obviously, Paula is upset about the whole nightmare of the suicide of Paula Goodspeed.  After all, a life was lost and if it is true that it was because of manipulations behind the scenes of the show…then shame on those involved.   There are more important things than ratings of a television show!

         When asked why Paula was still on the show…she apparently, simply said that she is under contract.  Paula also allegedly says that Simon could have at anytime corrected himself and retracted the statements that he has made.  She is under contract for another year; even though, this year there is a fourth judge being brought onto the show.  Just last week, Randy Jackson was on television shows saying not to believe everything people hear about this year’s American Idol.  

           What does this mean?  Is there a mystery here behind the scenes?  Does Paula want out of her contract?  Did this suicide impress on anyone the importance of the impact of the hurtful words that are said to contestants who don’t measure up to the judges expectations?  Is the show going to be legally liable in the young woman’s death?   I wonder, do you anyone feels guilty who was involved in that episode involving young Paula Goodspeed?

          Does this controversy mean that Paula will no longer associate herself with the show after her contract expires?  Time will tell.  I suspect that we have not heard the last of this drama.  What do you think is going on?  Is it alright to do “anything” to get ratings…or, should networks, producers, and the like be held responsible when things go wrong?

* See related story here: https://writeasrain.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/american-idol-judge-idolized/

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      A really difficult part of celebrity is being put on a pedestal by some fans.  Sometimes that turns into stalking or worse…sometimes attacks.  Celebrity can cause many people to feel as if they know the celebrity because of so much access to information about the celebrities by tabloid newspapers and interviews.  It is difficult for some fans to distinguish between reality and fantasy.  Fans often feel a connection to the person that they see and hear so much about in the media. 

       Today a very sad story has been reported about a young 30 year old woman being found dead near a home owned by American Idol judge, Paula Abdul.  The young woman’s name was Paula Goodspeed and she was a former auditioner for season 5 of American Idol.

        It appears that the woman was a huge fan of Paula Abduls.   It seems that Ms. Goodspeed’s family was concerned about her safety and well-being; as they had not seen her since Monday evening.  It appears that there was concern about alleged past suicide attempts.  At this point, the authorities believe that this was an apparent suicide.  Our sympathies go out to Ms. Goodspeeds family and friends.

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       Ok, i am going to defend someone here that i don’t know.  It is the Jonas Brothers.  You might not know who they are; but trust me…anyone under the age of 18 does.  The Jonas Brothers are entertainers who are very hot right now.  If you dont know who they are …you just may want to find out.  They started out simply as a pop-rock band and have moved into acting as well.  You might recognize the title of the movie Camp Rock…they were in that.  They have toured and been musical role models since the beginning.

           They were homeschooled by their mother and their father is a former pastor.  They wear purity rings to symbolize their commitment to avoid having sexual relations until they are married.  They are respected for their Christian commitment and beliefs.  Until last night anyway.

            Last night on the Video Music Awards, or VMA program…the host Russell Brand joked about the purity rings that the Jonas Brothers wear on their fingers.  He alluded to the idea that they should be taking advantage of their popularity with the female population.  The comments were met with mixed reactions…many do not find that funny. 

            The Jonas Brothers are role models who are committed to staying virgin and should not be mocked for that.  It is their personal beliefs and values.  I was encouraged to hear that Jordin Sparks the American Idol winner who also has been very vocal about her virgin status by choice defended them and their decision to wear purity rings and to be public about why they wear them.  Go Jordin, for defending the right of anyone to make a stand for their religious views on the subject; and, for publically supporting them in front of millions of people.

              I am personally glad to hear of the new wave of role models that are in the forefront of the celebrity pack.   I am proud of the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks and quite a few others who are not out drugging, drinking and setting a bad example for the young people out there who badly need role models who are not set upon self destruction.  I fail to see how making a positive impact with a commitment to purity is a laughing matter!

               What do you think about making fun of people who publically commit themselves to their Christian beliefs?

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        Ok people, she made a mistake…Geez!  Yeah, i know Paula Abdul isn’t known for her clear-headedness on American Idol…but, come on.  She explained that, at the last minute, the producers changed the order of things regarding how the judges were to give their reviews of the performances.

       This time the producers wanted them to write down their opinions and then give them their feedback after all 5 of the performers had performed a Neil Diamond number.  When it came to Paula’s feedback on Jason Castro; she inadvertantly, gave him feedback on two songs. 

       Oooops!  Was Paula’s face as red as her dress?  How embarassing…the other judges and even Ryan Seacrest tried to move things along to cover it a bit.  But hey, how many of us have never made a mistake?

       It probably wouldn’t have made as much of a splash but Paula was quite specific in her feedback saying, “The second song, I felt like it wasn’t your charm wasn’t-it was missing for me.  It kind of left me a little empty”. 

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     Did you ever wonder, what it is about  people who have dreams that seem to “magically” come true?  Some people have dreams that lay dormant for years being neglected for one reason or another. 

        Other people, appear to suddenly develop dreams and accomplish them almost by accident.  How does that happen? (more…)

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