Guest Author - Lorna London Sloukji
Opinions are only opinions, but what happens when they cause so much harm that groups of people start protesting online. Online blogging is not just a portal to express your opinions. It's not just a one-way street. People are able to leave comments, eliciting in a more active exchange of opinions.
That's what happened with former American Idol finalist, Clay Aiken. In his member-only blog, Aiken criticized this year's American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.
He later apologized for expressing such statements.
"I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard," says Aiken. "Any performer hopes that their music will appeal to all people, but no singer realistically expects it to."
Aiken, however, justifies his harsh words by stating that readers misinterpreted them.
"My opinion is just that, only my opinion, but for as much as some of the blogger's seem to dislike me and care so little about my thoughts, they sure can waste a lot of their space on what I say," he said.
Aiken continued to claim that he did not intend to insult Lambert.
"The only person I would really dream of apologizing to is Adam. And the irony is, if he's smart he couldn't give a crap what I think." Aiken continued, "I do apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words. I hope he can forgive me. I imagine he doesn't give a damn!"
Lambert does have a lot to cope with since his recent fame on American Idol. He too battles questions regarding his sexuality—much like Aiken had to do throughout his singing career.
Lambert experienced a huge amount of success on American Idol, as he was being treated like the star of the show before the final judges were in. And when Kris Allen walked off the big winner, it shocked many as it was speculated that perhaps Lambert's sexual orientation had some influence with the final voting.
Does Lambert suspect the same?
"Um, you know…probably!" he said during a Friday press conference call.
Lambert still plans on focusing on his music career.
"I never really listen to what people say," he said. "When you are doing a recording, things aren't going to translate as over-the-top. If you bought an iTunes version of what I've done on the show, you'll see, 'OK, I get how he sounds ... versus live. It's different.' The live performance just takes it to a different level."