I justify watching American Idol on "cultural safari" grounds—sure, it`s pop culture dreck, but it`s also anthropological research.
Also, Mrs. Anonymous Attorney watches, so I`m kind of stuck.
This season, with the elimination of the last black person in the contest, we`re down to one white male, Phil Phillips, and one Hispanic female, Jessica Sanchez.
If Phillips wins, he`ll be the fifth white male in a row to win the contest.
No Asian or Hispanic singer has ever won, despite pretty obvious attempts by the show`s producers to push them along. Seven of the 10 winners have hailed from the South.
I conclude: America likes three kinds of singers, white, black and Southern.
The usual precincts complain:
Is American Idol Having Its Most Racist, Sexist Season Yet? By Melissa McEwan, Alternet, April 8, 2011
The pop-star-making TV program has always had a problem with sex and race, but it might be worse than ever. | [Spoiler Warning: This post includes discussion of who was voted off American Idol last night. Trigger warning for racism, sexism.]
Record-sales-wise, says Wikipedia, two white women are on top: first-season winner Kelly Clarkson, with 23 million worldwide, and fourth-season winner Carrie Underwood, a country singer, with 12 million in the U.S.