FANS slammed Ryan Seacrest for skating over the issue of Caleb Kennedy, the contestant who was removed last week after a “racist” video emerged from his past.
The top five singer quit after a video surfaced from his childhood where his friend donned a “KKK hood.”Ryan Seacrest touched lightly on Caleb Kennedy’s removal during American Idol[/caption]
Fans were displeased with how Ryan handled the scandal on this evening’s episode after Caleb, 16, resigned on Wednesday.
At the opening of the show the host explained: “Caleb Kennedy won’t be competing so it’s down to the final four.”
Many took to Twitter to shame Ryan for the quick statement, instead of explaining the controversial nature of the video.
“What a huge surprise,” one fan shared, while a second wrote: “Seriously I don’t understand why all these people are just dismissing it and forgiving it when it isn’t their thing to forgive.”A video of Caleb surfaced with his friend wearing a white pointed hood[/caption] Fans thought Ryan should’ve addressed the content[/caption]
“F**K YOU IDOL FOR RYAN JUST SAYING ‘CALEB ISNT HERE.’ YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID WHY AND YOU DO NOT TOLERATE HATE. BUT. HEY. YOU’RE REDNECK IDOL. SO WHY CHASTISE HATE TOO MUCH. JUST SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG. FOOLS,” another ranted.
“So American idol completely dodged the issue tonight #calebkennedy#AmericanIdol,” a fourth complained.
The clip, which was once featured on Caleb’s social media, was reposted by an unknown account on TikTok.Fans were not happy with Ryan’s short announcement[/caption] ‘Why are all these people just dismissing it..’ one person wrote?[/caption] Another person wanted more from the host in terms of an explanation[/caption] ‘American Idol completely dodged the issue tonight,’ another wrote[/caption]
In a statement to the Herald-Journal, the singer’s mother, Anita, said that the video was recorded when Kennedy was just 12, after watching a horror movie.
She shared: “I hate this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online.
“This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie The Strangers: Prey at Night and they were imitating those characters.
“It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.”Caleb was 12 in the clip[/caption] His friend wore a hood resembling the ‘KKK’[/caption]
After the video first resurfaced, Caleb issued his own apology to his fans as he revealed he would be leaving American Idol.
He said: “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol.
“There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.”The singer offered a formal apology[/caption]
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The reality star continued: “I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down.
“I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me.
“I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”