December 18, 2008

What happened was awful. My regret is that we didn't know how troubled this person was. If I had gone back in time and known what she was going through, I wish we could have spent time trying to help her, but we genuinely didn't know.
- Simon Cowell

And what difference should that have made? One human being to another: is that not worth a little respect by itself?

Simon Cowell has long made an American Idol living by mocking any contestant who falls short of a professional level of performance. Nor does he do it in any constructive way, to help them improve their abilities. Rather, he descends habitually to ad hominem attacks such as those he heaped upon Paula Goodspeed, when along with the other judges he not only laughed at her audition, but also mocked her braces. (And for him, that is mild.)

This kind of behaviour is precisely what has made him the most popular of the American Idol judges.

One of those contestents is known to have committed suicide afterward. Based entirely on this action, she is judged as being "troubled". Yet Cowell's own actions bring him a huge salary, so society judges him not only a success, but a bar to which to aspire.

Merry Christmas.

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