As my wife and I tuned into the end of “American Idol Gives Back” we witnessed one of the most bizarre and confusing endings to a television broadcast. Through the course of the show it has been obvious that Brooke White, a delightfully innocent contestant, is devoutly religious and I have heard a lot on the Texas TV stations about Rockwall native Jason Castro’s church involvement. However, after American Idol’s stage hosted a cavalcade of celebrities with their manifold agendas, sexual preferences, and dirty jokes the remaining Idol contestants got together and ended the night with a Christian worship song.
I heartily commend American Idol’s charity work and I am given hope by the compassion and generosity of many of the celebrities. Most of the songs I saw performed (Miley Cirus is an exception) highlighted the purpose of the tonight’s show. Though I am thrilled with people and corporations that have the fortitude and courage to maintain their Christianity when under the spotlight I am also allergic to lip-service “Christianity-dropping”. I am so befuddled by this song – and generally the ending to the show – that I can’t say that either reaction applies to this.
Anyone know what to make of this, or the story behind why they sang this song?
P.S. Immediately following the song they played a clip of a faux-punk’d Ben Stiller showing up at the wrong time and theater for the show, which causes him to say several things that had to be bleeped out. While this doesn’t offend me it certainly made my reaction to the whole last three minutes of the broadcast even more confused.