May 24, 2007 12:43 AM by Joe Blackmon
While it was inevitable that American Idol would poke fun at Sanjaya
Malakar during the American Idol 6 finale, the way in which they did so
has proven to be controversial among some fans. After the African
Children’s Choir gave a wonderful performance in celebration of Idol
Gives Back, American Idol immediately launched into a segment that
started off by showing several famous men from the past and our current time.
The segment started with a voice saying “In a world where men fade into obscurity, true visionaries seize the day.” Images flashed by of men like Babe Ruth, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstien, Andy Warhol, and Muhammad Ali. The voice continued “Men like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Gandhi.”
Suddenly, the scene switched to Sanjaya Malakar standing in from of a bush of flowers and blowing a kiss to viewers. As various images of Sanjaya flashed on the screen, the voice continued “Now another comes forth. One with the courage to embrace his destiny. One who stands firm in the face of adversity. There’s been hysteria, but never like this. He is in one word ‘Sanjaya Malakar.’ Sorry that’s two words. “
The segment served as an intro to Sanjaya’s performance with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. Reaction on the official American Idol message board has been mixed. While some viewers found the skit to be a harmless piece of comedy, other viewers thought that American Idol went to far in comparing Sanjaya to men like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Gandhi, even if it was meant in jest. Post your opinions below on if the segment was innocent fun or was disrespectful to the memories of these great men.