Caleb Johnson apologizes for slur. He is an American Idol finalist on the thirteenth season and he is getting some feed back as one of his post show interviews has gone viral. He is also lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll band known as Elijah Hooker and as he spoke to After Buzz TV last week about his opinion of social media, he said that he resented that he had to perform the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, a song in which he said he dislikes. He gave feed back to his followers who supposedly regularly spam his Twitter feed with unwelcome song suggestions.
To dis his superfans (i.e., the people most likely to SuperVote for him) was foolish enough. But his politically incorrect wording made the situation much, much worse.
“[Twitter] gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me,” Caleb said, astonishingly. “I don’t really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I have to sing. I think at this point of the competition, I can pick and choose my own songs and represent me. I don’t need 10,000 people saying, ‘You should sing this, you should sing that. Listen to me!’ Fortunately, guys, I’m going to listen to myself, whether you like it or not.”
Obviously, the use of the dreaded “R-word” under any circumstances would have been offensive and unacceptable. But the fact that Caleb seemed to be directing this slur at engaged, well-meaning fans (as opposed to “haters”) was simply baffling… and it was possible career suicide, with the finale and a record contract only three weeks away.
Although Areosmith’s hit didn’t go well for him, he did very well with Whitesnake’s ‘Still of the Night’ a fan request, he even a good remarks by Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale — on Twitter!) However with the remark he made, fans took to Twitter to vent their anger and disappointment over what Caleb had said.
On Saturday afternoon, Caleb addressed this controversy on his Facebook page (but not on Twitter), posting:
“For the record that juvenile comment I made in the interview was not directed towards my fans but to the wackos that send hundreds of hate messages a day to me! You guys are amazing and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Sorry if it offended anybody it was the wrong choice of words. Also I greatly appreciate it when you guys give me song suggestions but it gets really overwhelming at the volume it comes in so please understand ! Rock on !:)”