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American Idol Controversy Addressed By Special Olympics

January 23, 2007 01:55 AM by Joe Reality

The Special Olympics has weighed in on the controversy over Jonathan
Jayne’s audition on American Idol.  Many journalist and television
personalities have been highly critical of what they perceived as the
American Idol judges poking fun of someone with a disability.  However,
the Special Olympics reviewed the American Idol episode in question and
had a much different opinion. 

According to the official Special Olympics press release, “While polite isn’t a word one would normally associate with Cowell and company, a viewing of the episode in question shows that the judges were in fact gracious and very encouraging to Jayne during his rendition of "God Bless America." At one point, Abdul commented admiringly about Jayne’s spirit and advised him to "Always believe in yourself."”

The press release went on to state, “Whether on the stage of American Idol or on the field of competition for Special Olympics, people with intellectual disabilities don’t want to be pitied. They want to be judged for who they are and appreciated for what they can achieve. American Idol should be commended for providing Jayne with the same opportunity to succeed as any other contestant.”

The Special Olympics of Washington also weighed in with their support of Jonanathan Jayne.  According to a press release, “Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) applauds the efforts of Jonathan Jayne for his recent audition on the reality program "American Idol." Jayne is a longtime SOWA athlete who competes in multiple sports with the City of Renton Parks and Recreation program.”

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3 Responses to “American Idol Controversy Addressed By Special Olympics”

  1. Jo.abey Says:
    January 24th, 2007 at 11:28 am

    People with disabilities like to be treated like anyone else so what Simon said to Jayne shouldn’t be an issue.

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