March 31, 2007 11:37 AM by Joe Blackmon
One of the things that earned Chris Sligh some early fans was how he
poked fun of the cheesy aspects of American Idol, such as making a
reference to David Hasselhoff crying. During a recent media conference
call, Sligh revealed that there were unforeseen consequences to poking
fun of Idol.
Sligh said “Here’s the thing with American Idol. I have figured this out because of the unique position that I was in, it’s funny because I love the show, but at the same time there are some cheesy aspects that I poked fun at. There are people who love the show so much that anything that is bad said about the show, or especially if you say something bad about Simon, for instance as I did and got screwed for it. There are people who will literally write you hate mail.
Sligh also added “I have a blog. There are posts that I had up that was just basically saying, “My blog will be back someday soon and you can leave comments on there.” Literally, I would get for weeks after that comment with Simon would get hate mail from people. People were telling me that they hoped that I would die because I told Simon I didn’t sound like Teletubbies. So it kind of freaked me out because people take American Idol very, very seriously. I don’t know. I would hope that people would realize that me joking around about the show is very, very tongue and cheek because if I’m joking around about the show, it’s something that I’m in, and taking part of and I can’t be too upset with American Idol if they’re making me famous.”
Chris Sligh was so shaken up by the hate mail that he actually toned down some of his wisecracks. Sligh said “I did. Honestly, I think that it was when I started getting the hate mail from people that I went, “Whoa, what is this?” I think it kind of scared me, honestly. I had people who were telling me that they hoped I die, and that I hope that I would get my rear end voted off the show tomorrow. It was just horrible, horrible things that people wrote to me. I think it kind of scared me a little bit. So I think for a couple of weeks, I kept my mouth shut for three weeks. It was tough because I felt like the last couple of weeks I was starting to get back in my groove, and then I go home. But it’s all good. I’m looking forward to seeing what doors open up from here on out.”