Last week American Idol runner up La’Porsha Renae was quoted in a bizarrely twisted headline saying that she doesn’t agree with LGBTA lifestyle choices. It was disconcerting to read because the only person less qualifying to speak with authority on politicalized human rights issues other than “Great Aunt Sylvia Who Get Racist When She’s Drunk” is “American Idol Runner Up”. Because no one has ever said, “Let’s ask Nick Fardianai what he thinks about mass incarceration”. It’s just not something that you’d expect to be of worth.
First off, who asked La’Prosha this question? The only things you should be asking American Idol runners up is “what do you think about coke and Ford?” And then give them thousand dollar checks while they spew some BS about Apple Car Play and stevia.
Second off, this is the full quote from La’Porsha that followed headlines that painted her as a bigot:
“Although not all of us may agree with that particular lifestyle choice for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat people with respect. Everybody is a human being..,We should be able to coexist with one another… I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised.”
What seems to be the cause for distress is that final sentence where she declares she doesn’t really agree with the LGBTA lifestyle. But that should be the part that gives people comfort. She is one of the rare few who while holding their own beliefs still thinks that in order to form a more perfect society we need to treat people with respect and the human rights they deserve. Which is a good first step toward something really remarkable; Tolerance.
The whole reason why states like Alabama and Georgia are missing out on great things like Guardians of The Galaxy 2, Bruce Springsteen concerts, and online pornography is due to the fact that people with the same religious based beliefs as La’Porsha are trying to rear those ugly discriminatory heads of the church into the state, which are constitutionally meant to be separated.
It is not her fault that she is a 22 year old religious black woman who has been thrusted into the spotlight to receive global criticism at an age where most people are simultaneously on their parents health care plan and discovering what recreational drugs they like. At least she is trying to behave with tolerance and lead some kind of example for young religious people who are currently at odds with the values they were raised with and the values the people in their Anthropology course are always tweeting Bernie Sanders about.
It’s easy to label everyone who doesn’t have the same liberal views as you as someone to be ashamed that America voted for in a TV contest that has become less entertaining and more obnoxious than the slimetastic Kid’s Choice Awards, hosted by Blake Shelton, who happens to also be on a singing competition that’s made Idol somewhat redundant. It’s very easy to take the words of someone who is an idol of America and turn them into a heated debate. But it’s far harder to actually listen to the progress that is being made in a strict religious community as the generations have more world experiences and construct their own views.
So the next time you see an American Idol contestant with something bad to say just remind yourself that they’re an American Idol Contestant. They took advice from J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr., and a grown man who straightens his hair. Their political opinion is probably not worth the energy it takes to get this worked up. But the next time a person with different views than you says they would still love to try and coexist as human beings, don’t vote them off.