April 09, 2008 09:47 PM by Joe Reality
Leave it to American Idol to step into a huge controversy with a charity fundraiser. To close out Idol Gives Back, the American Idol top 8 finalists sang “Shout To The Lord.” By ending the show with a Christian song, it ran the risk of possible offending people of other religions.
However, the finalists sang a modified version of the song. Instead of singing the verse that goes “My Jesus, My Savior,” the finalists sang “My Shepherd, My Savior.” Jesus was replaced with the word “shepherd.”
The change was likely an attempt by American Idol producers to lessen any controversy among people of different religions. However, the modification of the song seems to have created controversy as well.
After Idol Gives Back, the American Idol message board lit up with posts of people questioning the appropriateness of having the finalists sing a Christian song. Not only were some people of other religions offended, but some Christians were also offended that “Jesus” was edited out of the song.
Even though “Jesus” was removed from the final song, “Jesus” was included in an earlier song by Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey sang the verse “Higher Jesus” in the song “Fly Like A Bird.”
Also, creating some controversy was Ben Stiller’s final appearance on the show. After American Idol closed Idol Gives Back with two songs with religious messages, Ben Stiller appeared in front of an empty theater. After realizing no one was there, Ben cursed “What the ****, Seacrest. **** Seacrest.” While Ben’s words were bleeped out, some viewers felt it was an inappropriate way to end a charity show.
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