In the wake of the GOP wave election results in the 2014 midterms, Republicans gloated about the many liberal legacies and legend candidacies which went down to defeat. One of these sideshow races involved Clay Aiken, the 35 year old sing who first came to fame coming in second on American Idol II and Celebrity Apprentice. Aiken sought to parlay his fame and social activist instincts into politics, running against freshman Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC 2nd).
This was set to be a tough race *** [S]o it was no surprise that in a Republican wave election that Clay Aiken once again was the bridesmaid. But what did raise eyebrows from fans, politicos and financial supporters that despite his crushing 17% loss in the election, Aiken still won a mini-series documenting the campaign with Esquire TV.
While the mini-series move might seem smart to professionally cover one’s behind, the Esquire announcement did not go over well with some well placed supporters.
Steven Tyler, a Hollywood based actor/producer, who organized the Los Angeles fundraiser for Aiken bridled at Clay’s self-serving chicanery.
|[L] Actor/Producer Steven Tyler [R] Clay Aiken at Sept. 30 political fundraiser
Those attending the September 30th California fundraiser were told that the camera crew following Aiken were doing a BBC documentary. The releases which attendees signed were for British broadcast, not in the US. Tyler thought that Aiken’s idea of documenting the campaign was a good one but objects to the legerdemain in the releases.
[Aiken’s concession speech] was boffo bravado for the cameras, but Aiken does not realize that by landing the mini-series, he spent his credibility.
On the hustings in North Carolina, candidate Clay Aiken refused to sing because: “The minute I sing, I’m a punchline… People like me. But I need them to take me seriously.” Aiken need not worry about being a punchline in politics.
But if Aiken expects to be taken seriously again on the public stage or advocating issues after this docu-series, he might well find that Reality Bites. Clay should consider taking the stage again, and it is leaving in five minutes.
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