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The fifteen-minute span during which each of us is supposed to be famous has been shrinking ever since Andy Warhol first offered his most memorable bon mot. In contrast, the period for which the once-famous or barely famous must suffer ignominy and embarrassment continues to lengthen, as Ace Young, Colorado's almost-American Idol, is finding out firsthand.
Exhibit A is "'Idol' Critic Suffers His Own Bad Reviews," a piece by Karen Hunter that appeared in the July 16 edition of Connecticut's Hartford Courant newspaper. Hunter is the Courant's reader representative (a position with no equivalent at either the Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News), and her charge is to serve as a bridge between the folks who peruse the paper and those who put it together. In this case, the issue was freelancer Thomas Kintner's critique of American Idols Live, a tour that stopped at the Hartford Civic Center on July 9. Kintner slammed the spectacle, unwittingly unleashing a torrent of abuse from American Idol fans, who consider the music on the program to be top-flight, despite abundant evidence to the contrary.
Hunter's take on the controversy was dull. "That's why I could appreciate the deluge of e-mails I received praising the show and panning Kintner's review," she wrote. "There are enough opinions to go around and there is enough room on the reader representative's blog to share them." But her column did provide one amusing anecdote. Kintner conceded that he had "carelessly and mistakenly" referred to Ace Young as "Ace Taylor" in his original item.
How soon they forget. And how long such slights will continue. -- Michael Roberts