I hate to admit it, but I really like watching American Idol, especially the later rounds of competition. And so it has started yet again. But after watching the first two shows, I’m left with a bad feeling. Here it is: Should we as Christians watch something that is based on humiliating and making fun of people auditioning? I know we can rationalize it by saying that they are the ones trying out and they brought it on themselves. But after watching the show, I really think some of the people are not mentally capable of knowing they aren’t talented. For the sake of entertainment, the producers push the limits and keep showing people way past the point of making the viewer uncomfortable. For me, it’s really not funny. I find myself feeling sympathy for those who don’t know any better. Now there are always some on there who are just trying to get on tv, so it doesn’t really bother me to see them get exposed. But what about those who really think they are good?
And I haven’t even brought up the topic of children and teens watching it. I can’t help but think this really contributes to what we don’t want to teach as youth ministers, that it is fine to criticize and make fun of others who are different and not popular. I find myself constantly telling my kids that we shouldn’t make fun of people like that. For me, I think I will hold off really watching the show until Hollywood. So, it’s something to think about.