American Idol Finalist Caleb Johnson Apologizes for Calling Fans “Retards”
By Shari Weiss | 9:44 pm, May 4th, 2014VIDEO
“American Idol” finalist Caleb Johnson found himself in hot water this weekend after using the word “retards” to describe fans of the show. Now he’s offering an apology for his remarks.
The Top 4 contestant, a front runner for most of the season, was asked about how the show has changed his view of social media when he responded, “It gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me.” As Gossip Cop reported, viewers selected each contestant’s songs last week, a move that Johnson didn’t appreciate — especially since followers supposedly give him unsolicited advice regularly.
“I don’t really enjoy having to see somebody telling me what song I need to sing. I think at this point of the competition, I can pick and choose my own songs and represent me,” said the aspiring star. Johnson went on, “I don’t need 10,000 people saying, ‘You should sing this, you should sing that. Listen to me! Listen to me!’ Fortunately, guys, I’m going to listen to myself, whether you like it or not.”
The 23-year-old’s use of the R-word and his apparent dissing of his own fan base did not sit well with Johnson’s online following. He took to Facebook on Saturday to offer an apology and clarification, insisting he was talking about “wackos” — not fans.
Johnson was also forced to apologize earlier this season after seemingly making light of people with life-threatening peanut allergies.
Check out the video and Johnson’s statement below, and tell us what you think.