Why an 'American Idol' Contestant Is Apologizing to Fans THR, AfterBuzz TV
An "American Idol" finalist is apologizing to fans over something he said in an interview. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship, Caleb Johnson, a finalist in the current 13th season of “American Idol,” issued an apology after calling his fans “retards” for suggesting songs for him to sing.
In his apology Johnson said his comments were “juvenile.” The report notes that his comments came after the singer was asked to perform Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” which he wasn’t happy with.
The interview with AfterBuzz TV included a question about Johnson's feelings toward social media, to which Johnson, 23, said: "It gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me, and I don't really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I need to sing. I think at this point in the competition I can pick and choose my own songs and represent me. I don't need 10,000 people telling me 'you should sing this, you should sing that, listen to me.' Fortunately, guys, I'm going to listen to myself, whether you like it or not."
He later wrote on Facebook, “For the record, that juvenile comment I made in the interview was not directed toward my fans but to the wackos that send hundreds of hate messages a day to me ! You guys are amazing and I cannot thank you enough for your support. Sorry if it offended anybody; it was the wrong choice of words. Also, I greatly appreciate it when you guys give me song suggestions but it gets really overwhelming at the volume it comes in, so please understand! Rock on !:)"
Here's a clip of the original interview: