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Simon Cowell and Me!

Don - February 3, 2006

I’m sure none in the bloggernacle watch American Idol, so you probably won’t even know what I’m talking about.

I served my mission in England.  Simon Cowell, the outspoken judge in American Idol is obviously from England.  Their humor tends to be a bit different than ours.  I find Simon very funny and usually right on the mark when it comes to his judgements of talent.  He has been in the news lately for comments made about different contestant’s weight and gender.

I get so tired of people getting so upset over comments like he makes.  Fat people are fat.  Cross dressers with high voices do look like girls.  Why are people so offended at the "truth"?  It’s like they have never heard a comment about their weight, or gender (or those offended do-gooders who try to stick-up for these poor wounded people).

I’ve been bald since my early 20s.  Have I heard any bald "jokes" or comments? Yeah plenty and then some.  Am I offended, why should I be?  It’s a fact of life, I’m bald.  Would it really be a better world if everyone was politically correct and didn’t make comments about Terry Bradshaw and me?  Maybe, but I really doubt it.

I think it would be great if those offended people would take the time and spend their efforts coming up with a great come-back instead of being so offended.  Some men use their hormones for growing hair, some of us use ours for other things!


  1. Some men use their hormones for growing hair, some of us use ours for other things!


    Nice comeback Don.

    Comment by Geoff J — February 3, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

  2. On principle I agree with you, but the saying “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.” is not true.

    If your spouse cooks dinner for you and it is not very good, do you tell them that it sucks? Do you tell your significant other that they do look fat in that dress? Then say, I’m just being honest?

    American Idol is a dumb reality show in the fashion of other dumb reality shows. One of it’s appeals is that Simon Cowell is a jerk. He is what drew the viewers. Those who go on to the show should be aware that the guy is a jerk.

    Comment by Ian Cook — February 3, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  3. I guess you use your hormones to watch bad television.

    Comment by D. Fletcher — February 3, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  4. Ian,
    I agree and I think Don does too. “Tact” is obviously of great import in the whole argument.
    I just like the fact that in reality, although he could maybe somehow be nicer about it, Simon is giving people an opportunity to be brought back to earth from their delusions of grandeur when it is obvious they will NEVER make it in the music industry.

    Comment by Bret — February 3, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

  5. It too amazes me that some of those people go on there believing that they are talented or something. I am embarrassed for them. Truthfully, I have only seen commercials and a brief second or two. That Hung guy still makes me wonder…

    Comment by Ian Cook — February 3, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

  6. I not only watch it, I tape it.

    It’s pretty hard for me to understand the denial in a 300 lb. young woman with braces and no talent. I just don’t see how those people think they’re talented.

    I believe in honesty. I wouldn’t be cruel to that girl, but I would take her aside and be honest and kind and make suggestions. I don’t know what’s wrong with people who set themselves up like that. I don’t think Simon’s crazy. I think they are.

    Comment by annegb — February 3, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

  7. “I wouldn’t be cruel to that girl, but I would take her aside and be honest and kind and make suggestions.”

    I agree, if someone came before me trying out for a job that they were obviously not qualified for, I probably would act the same way. When was the last time you went for a job interview and the interviewer told you that you were a hack etc. even if you weren’t that qualified. Granted, these people are delusional, but tact would be nice. Hence the reason I don’t watch the show.

    Comment by Ian Cook — February 3, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

  8. Yeah, I’m with annegb on this one. Simon is immensely entertaining to me, mostly because he’s brash, obtuse, and direct. I find it refreshing in a world where most people wouldn’t talk like that. Paula and Randy actually balance Simon out quite well. Most of those people should know what they’re going to get when they walk in there. I mean, they’re looking for pop artists. It’s a specific genre that a lot of the people who are kicked off don’t realize. Pop is half looks half talent. If the contestant doesn’t have both, success will be tough to come by. Oh, and I predict that young black girl, Paris, will win the whole thing. She’s GREAT.

    Just my two Lincolns.

    Comment by David J — February 4, 2006 @ 10:17 am

  9. I think Simon’s rationale for his brashness (which I think is sound but could be up for debate as well) is to help people get rid of their delusions when they really do sound horrible. Some people just won’t quit unless you give them a harsh, honest approach.
    If you watch closely, he’s actually quite nice to those who are good and/or ok, but not good enough or right for their competition.

    Comment by Bret — February 4, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

  10. I’m convinced that a lot of the really terrible people trying out for the show are only trying to get on tv so they make themselves sound worse than they really are. I don’t feel bad when Simon rips on them.

    I have seen Simon be very nice to people who are clearly mentally ill. It just doesn’t bother me because the people trying out know what they are getting themselves into.

    Comment by kristen j — February 5, 2006 @ 12:47 am

  11. Don,

    I think you miss the beef that many Americans have with Simon. You lived in the UK and understand how blunt the Limeys are. What you’ve neglected, English language aside, is that most American culture, customs, temperament, etc, is Dutch based, not British. Most Americans see this guy as an aberration or that this is just some shtick for the show. They are utterly clueless that Simon is a typical Limey.

    Comment by Steve EM — February 5, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

  12. Steve EM,
    You’re exactly right, and that’s the point!!

    Comment by don — February 6, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  13. I wish the show would screen out the people who are clearly mentally ill, delayed and/or high on something, instead of making them the butt of jokes. Painful to watch.

    While I don’t morally object to Simon (you’re asking for it if you go on the show), I would object to behavior like that IRL. It’s not kind. And isn’t that what we are supposed to be?

    Comment by Sue — February 6, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  14. Hit Post too soon. We all have things we’d rather other people not comment on. Perhaps you don’t mind people commenting on your baldness, but I wonder if there are other things that you ARE sensitive about, that you’d rather people not point out in a mocking way…

    Comment by Sue — February 6, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

  15. Don – you’re right – Simon is usually spot on in his judgements, and we British do like to call a spade a spade. He can be a little mean at times, but isn’t that part of the reason people watch AI? And Annegb – I’m there with you – we tivo it!

    Comment by Rebecca — February 6, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

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