Since I have no TV channels (just a box that works with the VCR) and have never seen "American Idol," I may have little right to comment on this story, but I thought it a kind of interesting one.
It seems that a young man named Bruce Dickson, age 19, a home-schooled Christian who has promised not to kiss a girl until his wedding night, wants to be a singer. So he competed (or whatever it is you do) on "American Idol," and got himself mocked by the folks in charge there for "not being a man." There's no comment in the story on how good his singing was.
There's no question that the guys at "American Idol" behaved badly. My reaction to their treatment of Bruce Dickson (not to mention their worldview) is, "Boy, are you immature!" But I was much struck by the rationale for making fun of him, given by an expert, an editress with Playboy:
"I'm not belittling Bruce's Christian beliefs, but I do think being in tune with one's own sexuality goes a long way in being confident with yourself," Preston said. "Confidence is key, especially for 'American Idol.'
"These kids become sex objects, thrust into the spotlight," she continued. "And while I know they're all trying to stand out, especially during the audition period, using your Christian beliefs and the fact that you've never kissed a girl is not going to bode well for you while trying out to be America's next big sex object.
"It's a national popularity contest based on talent and sex appeal," Preston said. "There's nothing sexy about a 19-year-old guy who's never kissed a girl and wears a heart necklace whose father is holding the key to."
Set aside the implication that "being in tune with your sexuality" is necessary for "being confident," which is balderdash. And let's even waive the fact that Ms. Preston is undoubtedly wrong to imply that women would not find it attractive in a man that he is planning not to kiss a girl until his wedding night. If nothing else, some girls might find this a challenge. I would imagine Bruce will get swarmed at college if he lets the word get out on this one.
But is Preston right about what going on "American Idol" is all about? Are these people trying to become sex objects? If so, it's no place for Bruce Dickson. He should take recent events as a sign and move in a different direction.