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Rosie O'Donnell Refers to American Idol as Racist

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Why does Rosie O'Donnell use her platform as host of The View for such misguided purposes?

She blasted American Idol before the season began because it supposedly took advantage of two special education contestants ... even though the Special Olympics actually lauded Simon Cowell for the way he handled these cases.

Rosie v. Nigel Now, Rosie has called the show racist and weight-ist because it has allowed Antonella Barba to remain, despite having kicked out Frenchie Davis for similar photos a few years ago. Apparently no one told O'Donnell that the top two women at the moment - Lakisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle - are African-American and not exactly thin.

Nigel Lythgoe, the series producer, responded:

"Without wishing to add to the obvious self-promotion of Ms. O'Donnell, I feel as though I must refute her absurd and ridiculous claims that 'American Idol' is racist and/or weightist.

"Ms. O'Donnell has, once again, spoken without thought or knowledge. Viewers need only look at the show tonight to realize that American Idol constantly confirms to America that talent has nothing to do with weight or color."

We agree completely.

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Rosie is so full of it. I'm sick of her trying to make "issues" out of nothing. It was 100% confirmed that Frenchie Davis posed for those pictures. From what I know, it is not a absolute fact that Antonella Barba is in all or any of those pictures - it's all alleged. Just because the 2 people at issue happen to be of different ethnic backgrounds doesn't make this a racial issue. Someone needs to teach Rosie O'Donnell that sometimes things happen just because they happen! It's not always a race thing, a gay thing, a weight thing, etc.


I wholeheartedly agree with Daisy & John. Antonella doesn't have enough talent to even stay on the show... who cares about her pictures or whatnot... it's all about TALENT, amd Antonella... Sorry, but that girl does NOT have it.


I think antonella should be kicked off...not because of the pictures...but because she's the worst girl in the competition. Anyways, thats a horrible picture of nigel lolol.


Antonella Barba should be kicked of if a girl before her got kicked off for the same photos its not far to her. Frenchie Davis could have made it farther if she didnt get kicked off Anotenlla cant really even sing the ollny reason why she is stayin on is because of her looks and pictures.