Recently, Adam Levine of “The Voice” gave a rather interesting interview in Out Magazine where he was was critical of “American Idol” when it came to one hot-button topic — the presentation of gay and lesbian contestants on their show. Over the years, “Idol” has been known for not talking about orientation — with contestants choosing after the fact to talk about this aspect of their lives. (Meanwhile, “The Voice” often addresses the issue openly.)
Ultimately, you knew it was not going to take long before we heard some sort of response — and we have now gotten courtesy of executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, he stresses that he has always wanted both this show and “So You Think You Can Dance” to focus more on the performance rather than whether you are gay or straight:
“I didn’t understand why we’re talking about contestants being gay or not gay. I don’t go into my dentist and say, ‘Are you gay?’ I don’t say to contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ “Are you gay?” What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? When does privacy stop in this country? If somebody wants to say they’re gay, it’s up to them. You don’t expect us to turn around and say, ‘Are you gay?’ Why would we do that? — ‘By the way, he’s a Catholic and he supports Obama and here’s his sexuality’ — what does that have anything to do with singing talent? Maybe it does for Adam Levine, but not for me.”
Nigel’s ultimate argument here seems to be that it is up to the contestant if they want to talk about their personal lives on TV — but, at the same time, we have seen the show play up a number of straight romances in the past. (Just see what they tried to pull with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina last season.)
Based on what you have seen on both shows, whose side are you on here?