“American Idol” Finalist Booted For KKK Video

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ABC’s “American Idol” singing competition needs to do better background checks on their contestants, after a video surfaced of a current competitor sitting next to someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood. 

A show spokesperson confirmed that top-five finalist Caleb Kennedy has been dismissed from the show after performing Coldplay’s “Violet Hill” on last Sunday’s episode.

In the three-second video, Kennedy can be seen briefly along with the caption “bow,” before turning the camera to the man next to him, who is wearing all white and a KKK-style hood.  

Following his release from the show, Kennedy posted a statement on Instagram. “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on ‘American Idol,’” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.

“I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” the sixteen-year-old singer explained. “I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

Kennedy’s mother backed her son’s account in a statement. “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ and they were imitating those characters,” she defended. “It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.”


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paul
1 year ago

What a shame . Real Racist run amuck and attack the actions of a 12 year old and label him a Racist . Shame on American idle and the entities responsible for this

Dianna
Dianna
1 year ago

I will not watch anymore because he could have won America idol and I think that is the only reason that the put this garbage out there about him he would still have my vote .He is not racist the news media is creating this garbage

kathi
kathi
1 year ago

They didn’t take a Prince Henry’s title because he wore a Nazi uniform to a Halloween party? Why are they doing this to a talented kid who was goofing around with his friends after watching a stupid movie? American Idol this is just wrong. Are you placating to the American Woke Agenda? You’re better than The Bachelor…this is just crazy stupid.

lionel s ducote
lionel s ducote
1 year ago

So What, How about the govenor of Georgia?

Snaps
Snaps
1 year ago

There’s nothing wrong with the Gov. of Georgia, it’s the Gov. Northam of Virginia that has gotten away with posing in blackface or a KKK costume and no one cares.

Sandra
Sandra
1 year ago

I feel so sorry for Caleb What a wrap. Hope this alleged event does not discourage him. He is fresh & a very good singer. There is a real future for Caleb’s singing career. His REAL fans will stay with him. God Bless & good luck Caleb.

USA
USA
1 year ago

Let me guess………….. he’s white?

blondie
blondie
1 year ago
Reply to  USA

No! They had to make sure their enormous black boy, singing about all his oppression, gets the #1 part. They got busy, attempting to find an excuse, without them being the culprit, to get him off the show. Watch what comes next!!!! That huge black oppressed boy will get the top spot. Speaking of racism, what fool comes on American Idol & has to sing about his so called oppression??? His made up song is what is full of pure racism, but, we all know he is black. Just be black & walk into anything & you are right in the door, even if you have zero qualifications. Look at what the idiots at United Airlines are now doing. They are hiring by color & 50% of all their pilots must be black or female. Don’t worry about your qualification to fly an airplane full of passengers. Just come on in & we will find a way to give you justice for how you have NOT been treated all of your life. It’s all a lie. I don’t usually watch the show, because, I know “first hand” how they operate. I tried out for their show…. When the tear filled eyes of the black boy started singing, I looked at my daughter & said, put this on your calendar & watch him win. None of the other contestants have even a chance to win. It’s already taken care of. I think we all should paint ourselves black & get some of this black privilege.

Joanne
Joanne
1 year ago

Poor kid. An apology isn’t good enough. Crazy liberals.

Joan Maxwell
Joan Maxwell
1 year ago

I will no longer watch Idol because they bowed down to the racist radicals who would call out a baby if it’s parent wrapped them in a towel with a hood on it! I can’t believe how awful these people have become. I hope that Caleb knows that I, and a lot of others, think he is a good person and very talented. He has nothing to apologize for. God Bless him and his family!

Last edited 1 year ago by Joan Maxwell
Marianne
Marianne
1 year ago
Reply to  Joan Maxwell

I’m with you. I have watched every year of American Idol since it began. I am deeply disappointed in this. They are caving to this ‘Woke’ thing. I cannot believe it. I will NOT watch American Idol anymore either. I am still a fan of you, Caleb. You could have won it — maybe someone was afraid of that and set you up! 🙁

blondie
blondie
1 year ago
Reply to  Marianne

Some rich conservative will see this & start something for him. How funny will this be. This kid owes no apology to anyone. Start digging up the s..t on the judges & one will be more than shocked. It’s all about hypocrisy. I wonder if they dug up all the bad things on all the contestants.. I bet not. Only the person that won, had the investigations on him. Part of the rotten, indecent plan. Nothing can be honorable & good anymore. There always has to be the bad to destroy something great. He will rise above this. I hope Trump sees this. He will start another idol show for this kid. I don’t understand how these evil people sleep at night, when their records are full of disgusting incrimination.

Major Havoc
Major Havoc
1 year ago

So if they were imitating a movie that had nothing to do with the KKK, then there should be no penalty. I looked up this movie online and one of the characters has a hood with holes cut in it but he does not have a point on the hood, that’s probably something that the young boy should have known about when he put on that type of head covering…hard to say though

William Matthews
William Matthews
1 year ago

No racism here. What has our world become

Rico
Rico
1 year ago

What a crock of absolute BS!!! The kid was 12 years old!!! Political correctness run a muck!!! Socialist Idol you should be ashamed!

Last edited 1 year ago by Rico
Ann
Ann
1 year ago

Why should this SIXTEEN year be held to a standard that GOV NORTHAM wasn’t? Northam was in med school when he took his pictures and is in a position of power. This kid was even younger and wants to sing. Hypocrisy and double standards at its finest!

Mikey
Mikey
1 year ago

Now, if he were photographed next to a BLM thug, they would have declared him the winner on the spot and bypassed all the other contestants.

Kay
Kay
1 year ago
Reply to  Mikey

Totally agree. It’s such a shame that America has succumbed to these black thugs