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American Idol Sanjaya Malakar Comedy Skit Proves Controversial To Some Viewers

May 24, 2007 12:43 AM by Joe Blackmon

Sanjaya_flowersWhile 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.

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53 Responses to “American Idol Sanjaya Malakar Comedy Skit Proves Controversial To Some Viewers”

  1. Rhonda Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:05 am

    One thing this season has proven–AI viewers and especially some of the posters on the “official” boards have zero/zilch sense of humor.
    They didn’t recognize Sanjaya’s talents (not just singing–although we like that too–but he is funny, charismatic, compelling, and amazingly photogenic). I guess its just as well that he got voted off the show when he did–the rest of America has been enoying him ever since.
    My son’s college friends are firing Sanjaya youtube vids off to each other on an hourly basis. They adore the lastest–Sanjaya as art student.
    He is already a superstar way beyond idol.
    Tonight’s show proves they are finally seeing that.
    What 7th place contestant has ever gotten a solor on the finale–much less a duet with a rock legend???
    I rest my case!!!

  2. jayswami Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:36 am

    I think your inability to spell “GANDHI” correctly is more disrespectful than the skit. Ghandi means asshole in hindi.

  3. Billy Bob Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:52 am

    Sanjaya is a loser. There is no controversy. *yawn*

  4. Rod Legaspi Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 2:38 am

    Whatever the intention of the skit, let’s leave it at that. The guy has some singing talent but not enough. The probable reason why he stayed longer before being voted out was that his friends and acquaintances and those who were really amused by his antics numbered more than any of the other AI contestants when there were still so many of them. Once the remaining contestants became fewer, their votes outnumbered Sanjaya’s. AI has many good points and some bad points and probably this was one of those. But one thing though, the show should be kept as a singing contest and not pure popularity.

  5. Chatbrat11 Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 3:09 am

    I would like to thank TPTB at AI for the tongue in cheek intro to the kick butt performance of SANJAYA and JOE PERRY FROM AEROSMITH! (Squeals with exitement!!)

    SANJAYA – You rock & you REALLY, REALLY GOT ME NOW!

    Those who were there for the “singing competition” got Jordin Sparks, so it’s all good, but Sanjaya is BEST!

    YES, A 17 YO has won American Idol and his name (in 2 words) is
    SANJAYA MALAKAR!

  6. Sanjisit Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 4:50 am

    Oh please! Sanjaya’s performance was GREAT!! The only AI finalist besides the winner and the past winners to get a solo at the finale!! He is the star of the season. And did you know he’s also only 17!!!11!1!! Perhaps the intro was poorly placed in the show, but the African cuties song was exactly a dirge either. Oh, and BTW, I thought Sanjaya sounded better in the group songs than Blake and Phil did!!

  7. exxie Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Sanjaya was, is and always will be horrible. AI is just milking the whole joke that was Sanjaya. His 15 minutes are almost up.

  8. Kriss Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 5:44 am

    Sanjaya was phenomenal in the finale, and in the Bill Vendall vid.

    But you can’t have a go at him for the intro – that was AI’s idea, not his.

    Sanjaya owns the show and the season. It’s his Universe; we’re just along for the ride.

    And, yeah. He’s only 17!!!!111oneone [/randy]

  9. gina Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 6:41 am

    Thank God for Tivo, I was able to fast forward thru the skit. As someone put it, YAWN.

  10. Chloe Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Sanjaya was the highlight in that Cavalcade of Crap. He was the true winner of AI this season, and maybe the idiots who forced Jordin down our throats are starting to realize that. Oh, and Melinda was great and was robbed.

  11. Jewels R Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Amazing that the kid who placed 7th received so much airtime in the Finale. Getting the airtime to perform a song, solo accompanied by Joe Perry a tribute to how he impacted this show and the producers virtual head nod in his direction. I think it proves too, that his booting off in 7th wasn’t through lowest votes, rather, the producers opting to utilize that “small print clause”. Sanjaya’s sense of humor, poise and knack for knowing how to drive the unexpected the only redeeming feature in this A.I. season. He is brilliant.

    Regarding those snarking about his ’15 minutes’ – man, that clock must have stopped. Welcome to the Universe of Sanjaya!

  12. Sam Winters Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 8:40 am

    We love Sanjaya even more now.He is
    proven a ROLEMODEL for many mediocre and talented singers, who are scared to even try singing in the public.Next season AI will be
    even bigger HIT,lot of good
    singers, now will try to audition because of Sanjaya’s success.

  13. Joan Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Bravo, Sanjaya. Well done. So much fun. Oh, yeah, he’s a star. And I’m no teeny bopper. Decades from it.

  14. Claude Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Actually, I thought the intro was funny. If you don’t have sense of humor, and you can not enjoy a show with fun, it’s sad.
    Sanjaya made this season funny, interesting and he was the star of the season.I’m looking forward to see him in the future.
    And, yes, I’m going to watch American Idol tour, just because of him.

  15. Richman Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 9:02 am

    So Sanjaya sings a song with Joe Perry? William Hung sang with a bunch of dancing girls on a finale. Great entertainment. That is what TV is all about.

  16. Sundance Kid Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Sanjaya, You’re a rock star now babay! Wow, maybe Joe Perry can do some guest appearances with the AI tour! Breakout star of AI6!
    Two 17 year olds reign supreme – Jordin and Sanjaya!

    Smokey, take this kid under your wing!

  17. Steven Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Sanjaya Rocks! A humble soul he never never gets fazed by negative, nasty comments from the three jokers (including the pompous Brit). From a humble beginning to hopefully a millionnaire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malakar

  18. Igor_Fartstein Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 9:30 am

    BABABOOEE!

  19. Pispapoi Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Sanjaya is universal IDOL. Welcome back Sanjaya. You are American Idol number One and american heart and soul.

  20. John David Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Sanjaya put out a great show. We love our pappaya.

  21. Joanne Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Please…it was intended as a comedy skit…no offense made. I think we over analyze everything and try to point fingers of fault. Its over and poor Sanjaya may fade to obsurity.
    J

  22. Nancy Dee Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Lighten up everyone! Sanjaya was a breath of fresh air in this dreary season. His presence in the competition MADE it a competition and not just an endurance test. It was terrific to see him in the finale. Yes, it’s a singing competition, but this is also supposed to be fun and entertaining,right? Go Sanjaya – I love ya!

  23. Prairielady Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Sanjaya’s segment was the best part of the finale! It was exciting, entertaining and showed him off as the best entertainer of the 2007 AI season. His appeal is readily apparent, and that is NOT due only to his hairstyles. He will go far. It’s not everyday that an entertainer can make people “feel good” just by appearing on a stage. WHoooo WHooo Sanjaya, and thank you AI for putting him back on stage. After his performance, who even cared who won the contest? Everything else was an anti-climax. I can’t wait for his first CD.

  24. Terry Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Okay, I have to say that Sanjaya was definitely the most memorable of the idol finalists this year, but I can’t even begin to suggest that that means he is any good. Ya, he came across as OK on some songs, but so do I (and I had to mouth the words in a losing Grade 8 choir). His rendition of “You Really Got Me” was without question the most PAINFUL performance amongst finalists of any year and rivalled many of the auditions we all love to ridicule in the early season. My only question is how the f*** did he make it through the Hollywood rounds???? He’s not a star because of talent, he’s become another William Hung, someone we love to laugh at. Not exactly the way I’d want to make my living. Sanjaya, have some pride in yourself and do something you truly can be proud of. America is not cheering you, but laughing at you.

  25. sona Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 11:05 am

    hi all,

    its a marketing,

    sanjaya and aerosmith– aerosmith is going to india for concert this month and AI is watched in many countries including india. and india , china etc are countries with population in billions so just understand how they plan these stuffs.
    btw sanjaya offcourse has that screen presence.

  26. ralph Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    I loved the intro! Loved it! It was freaking hilarious!!

    Geez. Get a sense of humour! This is American Idol. It’s supposed to be campy and cheesy!!

    Mad props to Sanjaya and his wind machine for stealing the show. It was immensely entertaining and I enjoyed every minute of it.

    It was also refreshing to see in that 2 hr bloat-fest packed with established celebrities pimping their albums and various causes.

    Sanjaya added a spark! Good going, kid!

  27. donika Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    jayswami, Terry,Claude,Prairielady AND ALL THE IGNORAMOUS’S OUT THERE.
    YOU THINK SANJAYA CANT SING? BUT THAT SQUEALER WHO PLACES SECOND CAN??
    CLEAN YOUR FREAKIN’ EARS OUT, AND IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, GO BITCH YOUR LONELY HEARTS OUT TO THE THREE JUDGES WHO PUT HIM THERE AFTER A SPECTACULAR AUDITION WHICH DREW APPLAUSE FROM ALL THREE, AND COMPLIMENTS ON HIS SING ABILITY, FROM EVEN THE ONE WITH THE MOST DANGEROUS TONGUE OF THE THREE.
    IF HATING A TALENTED YOUNGMAN HELPS YOUR SAD AND SORRY LIVES, THEN KEEP ON HATING….
    SANJAYA IS WAAAAY ABOVE YOU AND YOUR HATE!

  28. moonbuggy Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    For those who thought it was too controversial, they have trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy. You’d have to really be an uptight type person not to understand that in order for it to be a joke, the producers had to exaggerate by showing important figures. No 1/2 intelligent person really believes that Sanjaya is really being made as important as them.. IT WAS A JOKE!

  29. a HUGE sanjaya fan Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    I LOVED THAT HE WAS BACK LAST NIGTH SINGING. The video was funny. That was so cool how his hair was blowing in the air. HE ROCKS!!!!!! AND I DO NOT CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY.

  30. jack Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Lighten up! Get a sense of humor! The people who are offended by that intro need to pull that stick out of their asses. It was satire, camp, cheese, fun!! Everyone in my house loved it.

    Gawd, it never even occured to me that some idiots would take things so damn literally. Seriously, if that bit of light-hearted comedy is “controversial”, then you, my friend, must be one miserable sad sack.

  31. Ahjahta, And I love SANJAYA!!! Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Sanjaya Rules!! Anyone who hates him is a LOSER!!!:P

  32. tamelyn521 Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    It was all “tongue in cheek” comedy. Anyone who takes something like that so seriously, has no sense of humour. IMO, it was very amusing. I thought Sanjaya was very entertaining. He’s been the most interesting character on AI this season. He was never the “worst” singer in AI history or even this season. He was just the most controversial.

  33. F Story Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Joe Reality – You are a HUGE douche.

  34. Truman Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Yesterdays skit was just a joke and dont overstress unnessary stuffs. You will all see, he is getting more into the book of history and will make good name afterwards. The funniest thing is his haters would be have nothing but the troubling side of his success story. What a mess.

  35. Darren Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Sanjaya is this years William Hung. A mediocre to awful singer that the American public embraces and turns into a super star even though they lack real talent. We will be inundated with crap from him for a while then he will fade back into obscurity.

  36. justafan Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    They gave Sanjaya too much air time. He shouldn’t have had a solo spot at all. They gave him a huge introduction, yet couldn’t announce Taylor Hicks. Lakisha should have had a duet spot.

  37. john Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    I like Sanjaya. His moment on the AI show it was a proof that he was this year breakout star.
    Yes, he is not the better singer, but he is charismatic, entertaining and definitely not boring. He is original.
    It’hard to stay indifferent when you see him. I am a fan, but I understand other opinions.
    Anyway, the haters make us stronger!

  38. Anonymous Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    If that intro offends anyone, either they don’t have a sense of humour or they are just plain stupid.
    AI is an entertainment show, and they themselves recognize that Sanjaya was the best thing that happened this season. They gave him that intro and gave him a solo number. Sanjaya is going along for the ride. If people want to laugh at him, he’s laughing back (and more.. all the way to the bank!)

  39. Anonymous Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    If that intro offends anyone, either they don’t have a sense of humour or they are just plain stupid.
    AI is an entertainment show, and they themselves recognize that Sanjaya was the best thing that happened this season. They gave him that intro and gave him a solo number. Sanjaya is going along for the ride. If people want to laugh at him, he’s laughing back (and more.. all the way to the bank!)

  40. Edmund Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    AI final was so boring..beside thr African choir group. the only saving grace was Sanjay and it was fun to watch him having a good time on stage…i actually smiled….got to give it to him. Sanjay really has gutts!!!…He does rule no matter what sanjaya hatters say.

  41. Jordin won deal with it Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Yea, Sanjaya was good for a laugh.

  42. evelyn Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 2:04 am

    sanjaya is really a good singer. people who are picking on him are just jealous gees how many guys would love to sing solo with joe perry that was the best part of the show he made the show come to life. sanjaya may be in is own universe but one thing is for sure he will be very very very rich

  43. Karina Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 5:42 am

    I honestly dont think its a big deal.Everyone had fun with it so now why are people getting all crazy with it. American Idol is a show and they are going to make entertainment how they want.It’s nto a big deal and who ever thinks it is needs to loosen up.

  44. laarni Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 8:44 am

    I never watched American Idol. Not even one episode. The funny thing is that I “discovered” Sanjaya through an officemate who hates him. I was intrigued. Why is it that everyone seems to be all worked up with this guy? After a few days, I tried searching for him on the net and *boom!* I never knew what hit me. I became a fan and searched news about him day and night. I have accepted that I live in the Universe of Sanjaya and I am powerless as I am getting sucked into the blackhole but boy, it is bliss, I tell ya.

  45. gwen Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 11:20 am

    You should hear me screaming to get my son in the room to watch Sanjaya (by that time it was so boring he had returned to his room). We all loved watching Sanjaya perform and we will buy tickets for AI summer tours just for him. So please give hime more time on the show.

  46. Glenn Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Sanjaya was not as good as people say he is!!!!! HE LIED TO THE COUNTRY, HE SAID THAT HE WAS 17, NO HE WASN’T. HE WAS 25. SANJAYA WAS ALSO A COLADGE ART STUDENT. HIS NAME WASN’T EVEN SANJAYA MALAKAR, IT WAS BILL VENDELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO THAT WHOLE THING BEING ON AMERICAN IDOL WAS JUST SOME STUPID THING SO HE COULD TEST HIS HYPOTHESIS. IT WAS ALL JUST A GAME TO HIM. IT DIDN’T AFFECT HIM!!!!!!!

  47. WildArkieBoy Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 1:34 am

    American Idol was actually trying to make fun of there greatest asset: Sanjaya Malakar.

    The hyperbolic intro was designed as a putdown. Sanjaya does not claim to be JFK, MLK, Ghandi or Jesus. He is just an entertainer, the best one from AI 2007.

    AI also undercut Sanjaya by having him redo his worst performance, the Kinks song. They wouldn’t dare let him “Besame Mucho” again. That was too compelling.

    Despite all the putdowns, Sanjaya still shines. AI won’t be able to stop him!

    WildArkieBoy

  48. Anonymous Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 4:07 am

    this sanjaya is to all of the intelligent folks,a good singer who with some coaching could be great. Sanjaya is taking us on a magical mystery tour .stop complaing all you arm chair critics and get on the tour bus, cause it makes your heart feel good.

  49. Ritva Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Sanjaya Malakar is Mega Star over universal world.
    I loving Sanjaya.

  50. Dave Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Sanjaya was the best on AI Finale night, and he stole the show and the hearts of lots of people around the country. To say the least for sure a 17 yr old has won the AI this year and his name is Sanjaya Malakar (sorry thats two words)
    and for the jealous sorry people,
    as Sanjaya said
    ” You are just jealous ,cause you couldnt pull it off”

  51. Hester Says:
    May 27th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Sanjaya Malakar ROCKS. I am no teeny bopper either, and this boy has captured my imagination. He has a lovely voice and is a dynamite performer. He is going to have huge success in the entertainment business.

    The intro on the Finale was the perfect set-up for Sanjaya, who loves a good joke (see Bill Vendall) – but then he came out and showed, once again, that he is a star. Get over it. Accept that we are now living in the Universe of Sanjaya.

  52. jayafan Says:
    May 29th, 2007 at 4:18 am

    he’s so hot cute and sexy

  53. jeniffer Says:
    June 2nd, 2007 at 12:35 am

    Sanjaya is the star of this season. He is a funny person and an awesome character.

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