Thursday, January 20, 2011

  Was the Bronx portrayed unfairly on American Idol?

    Travis Orlando a 16 year old Bronx high school student tried out for American Idol, and during the interview process Travis gave his view of growing up in the Bronx. Also mentioned was that his family lost their house due to the current recession, and had to live in a shelter for a few years. 
    First is the statement from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on what he calls highlighted the negatives of the Bronx, rather then the revitalization of the Bronx.

 RE: American Idol’s Slander of The Bronx
    “I am thoroughly disgusted with the treatment of the Bronx on last night’s American Idol. Rather than focus on the amazing revitalization the Bronx has seen over the past three decades, the producers of the show chose instead to highlight the negative stereotypes that have plagued our borough for years. The Bronx is the proud home of 1.4 million people, and over the past 30 years we have seen a dramatic drop in crime, incredible new business activity and the development of amazing new infrastructure. The portrayal of the Bronx by the producers of American Idol in such an extremely negative light is not only shameful, it does not accurately represent how far the Bronx has come.
    For those who want to learn the truth about the vibrant neighborhoods, world-class cuisine, burgeoning economy and amazing amenities the Bronx has to offer, I invite them to visit the official website of the Bronx Tourism Council,,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

    Here is the You Tube link to the interview of Travis Jackson!
    You be the judge of it.

1 comment:

  1. I watched the video. I don't understand why the BP was so upset by what the young man had to say.