PETA slogan says Clay is “neutered,” blames it on his killed-a-kitten comment.

PETA slogan says Clay is “neutered,” blames it on his killed-a-kitten comment.
PETA’s newest advertising campaign features Triumph the Insult Comic Dog promoting neutering–by way of saying that it “didn’t hurt Clay Aiken” to have his balls cut off. PETA attributes the slogan, “Get Neutered–It Didn’t Hurt Clay Aiken,” to Triumph, a puppet, but says the organization “didn’t object because Aiken recently told Rolling Stone, ‘I think cats are Satan. There’s nothing worse to me than a house cat. When I was about 16, I had a kitten and ran over it.’ PETA deals with dozens of cases of cruelty to cats every week and knows firsthand how damaging statements like this can be–impressionable kids often mimic what their ‘idols’ do.” PETA doesn’t offer evidence that Clay is actually ball-less. New gossip maven Lloyd Grove gets a quote from Clay’s PR rep (ooh, scoop! go Lloyd), who says, “I’m taken aback by this a little bit. Is this a joke? I thought their whole idea is to reach out to millions of people–half of which are Clay Aiken fans.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.