I don't watch American Idol, although not due to any resistance to it's entertainment potential. I'm just not a fan of current pop culture, as are probably most of the people who pay attention to my blogs.
It's interesting (and sad) to me that we've become so deeply prejudiced towards anyone who doesn't look the way we believe a pop star should. These days it seems to me that the only oddballs that slip through the beauty cracks are the ones with so much talent and/or personality that they cannot be denied - Amy Winehouse is an example, her cracky beehive afloat in a sea of Beyonces and Britneys.
So my mother sent me this clip tonight from Britain's Got Talent and it's kind of stunning. It's fun to watch this little lady raise her middle finger to the status quo of bitchiness plainly visible in the faces of audience members when she first walks onstage. And it does appear that everyone in the room caught the lesson.