Nigel Lythgoe’s bullshit response to Adam Levine’s criticism of Idol’s gay track record

Asked about The Voice judge Adam Levine’s comments about the lack of out gay contestants on American Idol, the Fox show’s producer gave an idiotic response. This comes as no surprise, because when it comes to issues of sexuality, Nigel Lythgoe has his head completely up his arse.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nigel said,

“To be frank, I didn’t understand why we’re talking about contestants being gay or not gay. I don’t go into my dentist and say, ‘Are you gay?’ I don’t say to contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, ‘Are you gay?’ What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? When does privacy stop in this country? If somebody wants to say they’re gay, it’s up to them. You don’t expect us to turn around and say, ‘Are you gay?’ Why would we do that? — ‘By the way, he’s a Catholic and he supports Obama and here’s his sexuality’ — what does that have anything to do with singing talent? Maybe it does for Adam Levine, but not for me. So the reason nobody has been openly gay on Idol is that it’s up to the contestant.”

Okay, Nigel, you assclown, the reason it matters is because both of your shows make constant references to the actual or presumed heterosexuality of both your contestants and the audience, which is what happens every time you insist that all girls will love some boy’s performance, or whatever.

Also in the interview, Nigel actually pretends to not know whether Adam came out during or after the show (“Did Adam Lambert come out?”), and when asked more specifically, Nigel said, “There’s no reason that I would see why anybody that goes on television should start coming out with who they are, what they are, what they’re [sic] sexuality is, who they’re going to vote for or what their religion is.”

If only people on television would stop coming out with how stupid and ignorant they are.

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