Clay Aiken, American Idol star, is at the center of a Twitter controversy over racism and the Republican National Convention in a race-related argument we have seen erupt time and again in this election cycle.
On his Twitter page, Clay Aiken pointed out that the GOP convention audience looks … a bit pale. Aiken cracked a joke about the whiteness of the crowd on Twitter, and soon found himself on the receiving end of racism accusations by country star John Rich, who responded angrily on his own Twitter account.
Aiken, like many of us, is watching the RNC at home, and made a comment about a drinking game based on what he sees. The singer tweeted:
“Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon.”
Rich saw Aiken’s tweet, and decided that the observation that there are no black people on the convention floor was racist, not the fact that there were no black people on the convention floor, itself. Which again harkens back to the idea that racism only exists when you talk about it, and the worst kind of racism is the kind where black people or liberal white people point out that this country is still not fully evolved when it comes to race relations.
Witness, as Rich says:
“CLAY! You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT! WOW … I wonder how long it will be till @clayaiken takes that idiotic post down. Clay, you’re better than that…I hope.”
Rich also took offense to the Mormon hashtag, adding:
“And to finish it off, hashtags soberasamormon? I thought your charity was for inclusion, not EXCLUSION. What happened?… Between the hashtag ‘negrospotting’ and what I’ve read ever since, I’ve just had enough of this racist nonsense. It’s sick. PLS STOP.”
To the inclusion comment, Aiken winked:
“My charity is. Why isn’t your party?”
Do you think a racial divide exists in the Republican Party, whether or not Clay Aiken makes a joke about it?