Unacceptable behaviour on American Idol
American Idol bosses issued an apology due to new judge Steven Tyler’s insulting remarks to one of the contestants.
by Rune H. RasmussenThis week’s American Idol began with a black screen and the following message: “American Idol would like to apologise for last week’s outrageous behaviour by Steven Tyler. Mr Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again.”
The behaviour in question was aired on last week’s show, when a contestant named Jake Muck walked onto the audition stage in Austin, Texas. Tyler insulted the contestant by pointing out what his last name rhymed with – it was not “duck”, as the contestant himself suggested.
The producers chose to omit the footage from the edited show.
Unacceptable behaviour from an adult
International Director of Kids and Media, Oystein Samnoen, defines such comments as completely unacceptable, and as a dark side of the TV talent show genre:
“Members of panels of judges at TV shows like American Idol have a tremendous impact on children and teenagers. Rude comments like the one Steven Tyler gave on American Idol are undermining the trust and respect of adults for millions of children and teenagers all over the world. Judges sets standards for acceptable and expected use of language. It was indeed appropriate with an excuse from the producers, and I strongly suggest producers in general to remove judges that are unwilling or unable to behave with decency. That would set a true example for children and teenagers all over the world.”
American Idol bosses apologise for Steve Tyler's 'outrageous behaviour'