I should clarify something. When I said that reading about Penn Jillette’s experience with Clay Aiken, a fellow contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, cemented my already waning opinion of Clay Aiken, I meant just that.
I did a brief review of Penn and Teller: Bullshit, which I was able to binge watch thanks to X-Finity and Showtime On Demand. In the very books written by Penn Jillette, that I also made comment on, he has mentioned that some of what he talked about on that show he simply didn’t know enough about. He has gone on record to say that he’s changed his mind about some of the views he share don that show.
But those shows are still available. They may cement some viewers opinion or they may change them. Penn is no more responsible for how someone reacts to the information presented on a show that he and Teller co-hosted than he is for my own lack of respect for an American-Idol runner up he happened to write about in his book. Likewise, he doesn’t have to apologize to anyone for what was said in the past, any more than I am required to apologize if my point of view offends anyone at any given time for any reason.
Penn and Clay maybe the best of friends. Heaven forbid something should happen to Teller, Clay might go on to become Penn’s new partner in crime (Hear me heaven? I said you better forbid that from happening) . But Penn’s new experiences with Clay does not, nor should it, have any effect on my own feelings.
But hey, if you want to be the unsung champion for the Cause of Clay, then by all means. If my fifteen minutes of fame is becoming a flavor of the month for not liking an Ex-American Idol then so help me, I’ll take that enema for my art.