These people need to get a life. If Clay Aiken is gay, he’s deep in the closet (not very convincingly). And since Mr. Aiken hasn’t denied or verified the rumors, this whole complaint really has no basis whatsoever. Grow up people.
FORMER CLAY AIKEN FANS RESPOND TO SIMON COWELL COMMENTS FROM LARRY KING LIVE
March 21, 2006 — Raleigh, NC — In response to American Idol judge Simon Cowell’s 3/17/06 comments on Larry King Live broadcast on CNN in which he described the actions of nine former fans of singer Clay Aiken as “crazy”:
“We are grateful that the merits of our complaint will be heard by the FTC instead of a pretend judge from a televised talent show.”
“We have been dismayed to see our complaint characterized in the media as homophobic. That is not our intention and while central to our complaint it is regrettable that Mr. Aiken’s sexuality has come under scrutiny. Our complaint is not about defaming Mr. Aiken or his sexual preferences. It is directed toward the deceptive practices of the record companies.”
The history of the recording industry misleading the consumer through deceptive practices is documented from the recent settlement of New York Attorney General Spitzer’s investigative probe into “Payola”, the ongoing US Justice Department investigation into price fixing of music downloads, to the public spectacle of deceptions behind performers Milli Vanilli and Ashley Simpson’s “live” performance on Saturday Night Live. The former fans believe that the companies’ marketing and promotion behind Aiken was yet another deliberate attempt to mislead the consumer.
“This is part of a culture of institutional deception behind James Frye, Jason Blair, ENRON, Milli Vanilli, Ashley Simpson and now Clay Aiken. We believe that it is the difference between private behavior versus public responsibility.”
“We await the FTC answer to our complaint and will have no further comment until that time.”
The nine former fans of Clay Aiken, listing themselves as aggrieved consumers, filed a FTC complaint on February 17 2006 against recording companies RCA and SONY/BMG for false advertising and misrepresentation in the marketing and promotion of Aiken. They remain extremely protective of their identities having encountered promises of harassment and online threats toward them from Aiken’s notorious fan base.
Poor Ashlee Simpson, they spelled her name wrong.