American Idol 4 cuts called “cruel.”

American Idol 4 cuts called “cruel.”
New York’s tabloids have twin stories today detailing the cruelty of American Idol 4‘s first four eliminations. As the New York Daily News reports, “Judd Harris, a 27-year-old NYU student, was led to believe he was safe, only to be axed.” And Ryan Seacrest “appears to be channeling ‘Project Runway’s’ Heidi Klum when he tells contestants, ‘You’re out!'” Some fans are revving up their keyboards to express their disappointment online; The New York Post reports that one fan wrote, “I felt it was extremely mean, and while I’m sure they were going for the dramatic effect, these are young people with hopes and dreams. To crush them like that was abominable.” And the Post calls this “the show’s suddenly cruel turn,” titling its piece “How can Idol be so mean?” All of this begs the question: What were these fans and journalists thinking as they watched with furious onanistic delight as a parade of delusional singers are humiliated during the audition rounds?

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