Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, television personality and co-host of the award-winning daytime talk show The View
, described American Idol
as “racist” after the buzzing protests over Frenchie Davis' disqualification vs. Antonella Barba
’s continued inclusion on the show.
Frenchie Davis, a 27-year old native of Washington, D.C., is a former American Idol
season 2 contestant. She was disqualified from the talent show after the surfacing of her topless photos on the Internet in 2003. Davis’ ineligibility to pursue the competition rouses a lot of controversy with today’s season 6 Idol contestant Barba, 20, who has been the talk of the town these past few days ever since her controversial pictures appeared on several websites. The photos showed Barba and her friends topless at the beach, as well as Barba consuming alcohol while being underage. In addition, photos from an anonymous source on various gossip blogs contained much illicit exposure of an alleged Barba engaging in a number of sexual acts and titillating poses, exposing much of her private parts.
Given the situation, O’Donnell released some bold comments about American Idol
. She said, "I'm a little upset…why is it that Frenchie was kicked off and this girl was not…I think its racist. I really do. I think it's because [Frenchie] is black that they kicked her off."
Moreover, O’Donnell also stressed out that American Idol
’s decision also shows partiality towards slim girls. She added "It's weightist too, [Davis is] nude on the Internet and she gets kicked off the show... she's humiliated, disgraced, and limps away with her tale between her legs, while [Barba] is still on. [Barba] can't sing a note by the way."
After her stint on American Idol
, Davis got involved in theater productions, appearing in Rent on Broadway, as well as the West Coast tour of the musical Dreamgirls. However, she is said to leave Rent by the end of May this year. And as for Barba, she remains to be one of the 16 finalists on the show…but for how long? Stay tuned to American Idol
, which airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM on Fox.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: RealityTV World