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Former Clay Aiken Fans Sue Record Label for False Advertising
Starpulse ^ | 02/24/2006

Posted on 02/28/2006 5:27:10 AM PST by Panerai

Nine former fans of American Idol star Clay Aiken are forging ahead with threats to sue his record label bosses for false advertising. The one-time devotees have been shocked by recent tabloid claims the wholesome pop singer is gay and they've filed a Federal Trade Commission complain against executives at RCA and Sony/BMG, alleging they were duped in marketing and promotional campaigns.

The nine-strong group, listing themselves as "aggrieved consumers," allege that employees of RCA, Sony/BMG, and Aiken himself "engaged in collusion to prevent public disclosures they believed might be harmful to their product." The angry ladies go on to state, "This is tantamount to a manufacturer concealing information about a defective product. Therefore these actions were both unfair and deceptive to consumers."

A spokeswoman for the group says, "As consumers, we feel ripped off. It is obvious now that the private Clay is very different from the manufactured packaged public Clay that was marketed to us." The group is asking the FTC to investigate the practices of the record companies, to invoke civil penalties where appropriate, and to enjoin the companies from violating the Federal Trade Commission Act.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: americanidol; claiaiken; claywithay; flaming; gay; ghey; pudding
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Did not see this coming, shocked, just shocked. Who's next Richard Simmons.
1 posted on 02/28/2006 5:27:11 AM PST by Panerai
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To: silent_jonny

FYI.


2 posted on 02/28/2006 5:28:02 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Panerai

More tabloid nonsense. This is like saying that Johnny Weir is gay.


3 posted on 02/28/2006 5:28:39 AM PST by Junior_G
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To: ken5050

So they're basing their suit on what a tabloid said?


4 posted on 02/28/2006 5:29:23 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Howlin; ken5050
The nine-strong group

Ha!

5 posted on 02/28/2006 5:31:48 AM PST by silent_jonny ("... anger rests in the bosom of fools" -- Ecclesiastes 7:9)
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To: Panerai

"Nine former fans of American Idol star Clay Aiken are forging ahead with threats to sue his record label bosses for false advertising."

Get a life or at least something that resembles one.


6 posted on 02/28/2006 5:32:18 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: Panerai

The Onion?


7 posted on 02/28/2006 5:32:27 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: Panerai
If we started suing every time someone in showbiz had a manufactured image that didn't accurately reflect his private life, the world would have more lawsuits than it does dust mites.

I'm curious: does the idea that Clay might be gay suddenly make the recordings that you loved last week sound "pitchy" now? It's like that stupid Milli Vanilli lawsuit. People screamed they were "duped" and demanded refunds because those two particular guys weren't actually singing on the records. What difference does it make who was singing? It's an audio medium! The music on the record is the exact same music you liked well enough to buy the week before! Would you have sued the Archies, too, for not really singing on their records? If you're going to sue anybody, sue your parents for instilling such lousy musical taste in you.

8 posted on 02/28/2006 5:35:34 AM PST by HHFi
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To: Panerai
The one-time devotees have been shocked by recent tabloid claims the wholesome pop singer is gay

Uh, like you couldn't tell by looking at him? I suspect these are the same folks who were shocked to learn George Michael, Pee Wee Herman and Andy Dick were gay.

9 posted on 02/28/2006 5:35:47 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Panerai

Who ever suspected he was hetero?

I didn't/don't care -- the boy can SING!

/popculturealert OFF


10 posted on 02/28/2006 5:36:17 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: Panerai

This is satire, right?

I mean seriously...it IS satire, isn't it?


11 posted on 02/28/2006 5:37:49 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Panerai

Jim Neighbors is next.


12 posted on 02/28/2006 5:37:57 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: HamiltonJay

" Pee Wee Herman"

Gay? I thought he was just a perv?


13 posted on 02/28/2006 5:38:09 AM PST by Rebelbase (President Bush is a Texas jackass when it comes to Border security .)
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To: Panerai
Nine former fans of American Idol star Clay Aiken are forging ahead with threats to sue his record label bosses for false advertising.

So...if I understand this correctly...they are suing because the record company presented Clay as being straight (and they bought into it) when, in fact, he is (or might be) gay? I'd call that good marketing, not false advertising.

"This is tantamount to a manufacturer concealing information about a defective product. Therefore these actions were both unfair and deceptive to consumers."

Ouch...now, I certainly am not pro-homosexual agenda or anything, but calling him a "defective product?" That's just not right.

14 posted on 02/28/2006 5:38:12 AM PST by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: Panerai

Besides listening to mediocre music for a few years just how exactly were these fans damaged????


15 posted on 02/28/2006 5:38:47 AM PST by Always Right
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To: HHFi

If you're going to sue anybody, sue your parents for instilling such lousy musical taste in you.
________

LOL.


16 posted on 02/28/2006 5:43:12 AM PST by dmz
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To: CT-Freeper

I am one of those middle aged women who went to a Clay Aiken concert. I am like yo, could care less if he is gay or not. I like his singing. By the way, as someone who does enjoy Clay's music - what they are basing their claim on is a National Enquirer article.


17 posted on 02/28/2006 5:43:29 AM PST by merry10
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To: Panerai
Who's next?


18 posted on 02/28/2006 5:44:31 AM PST by maggief (and the dessert cart rolls on ...)
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To: Blueflag

I remember watching that season. There was young blonde girl, very pretty (name escapes me) who kept making doe eyes at Clay. Ryan Seacrest asked if there was anything going on between them and Clay responded "No, we're just friends"

My wife and I, in unison, shouted "GAY!" at the tv.

Anyone who thought he was straight is simply blind.


19 posted on 02/28/2006 5:45:59 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: Panerai

Are they suing because their, uh, self-gratification fantasy involving Clay is no longer possible.

There's always Fabio.


20 posted on 02/28/2006 5:46:19 AM PST by dmz
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To: Junior_G

You mean to tell me that they thought he was "fo' real"? LOL! He's a bloody Am. Idol contestant! It doesn't get more manufactured and fake than that.

And they bought his CDs on the account of... his appearance? Serves them right. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever.

Even if he is gay, I think he reserves the right to keep his life(style) private if he chooses to. That's his choice and I don't think anyone has the right to be "outraged" or feel "cheated" -- least of all a bunch of stupid teenage consumers.

If they'd employed sound judgment, they wouldn't have bought his crap CDs in the first place. They'd have gone further down the aisle and stopped at Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, or the Beatles.


21 posted on 02/28/2006 5:47:31 AM PST by Banat (DEO • REGI • PATRIĆ)
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To: HamiltonJay
Uh, like you couldn't tell by looking at him? I suspect these are the same folks who were shocked to learn George Michael, Pee Wee Herman and Andy Dick were gay.

...and the only reason Liberace didn't marry is b/c he never found the right woman.

22 posted on 02/28/2006 5:49:27 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: CT-Freeper
the record company presented Clay as being straight

Exactly how do you do that? I mean, is there some logo or marking on the CDs I'm missing?

23 posted on 02/28/2006 5:49:32 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Rebelbase; HamiltonJay
Gay? I thought he was just a perv?

I thought he was just a perv, too. Andy Dick is bi. (Still would make him off-limits to this straight girl.) I was actually one that was surprised that George Michael was gay, but I was a kid when Wham! came out and it was the 80's, so everyone seemed weird. I also didn't realize that Freddie Mercury was gay, either. My kids are so much smarter. My 8 year old would have pegged Clay Aiken in seconds (we are not fans in this house.)

24 posted on 02/28/2006 5:50:45 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: Panerai
A spokeswoman for the group says, "As consumers, we feel ripped off. It is obvious now that the private Clay is very different from the manufactured packaged public Clay that was marketed to us".

A manufactured public packaged Clay? I don't believe the ladies purchased the private Clay Aiken.

25 posted on 02/28/2006 5:51:10 AM PST by afnamvet (CONGRESS.SYS corrupted; Reformat WASH_DC (Y/N)?)
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To: Panerai

This opens up a can of worms for politicians campaign managers.


26 posted on 02/28/2006 5:51:57 AM PST by RouxStir (Mohammed is THE BOMB!)
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To: Panerai

Next they will be suing the Film Company Rock Hudson worked for. Now there was a package of lies.


27 posted on 02/28/2006 5:53:38 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Personal Responsibility

28 posted on 02/28/2006 5:53:39 AM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: Howlin
I don't know how it is done. I was stating that the reason for the lawsuit was because the label was presenting Clay as straight when he is not.

I think it really is up to the artist, not the label, to keep lifestyle choices private.

29 posted on 02/28/2006 5:55:09 AM PST by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: Panerai

Who didn't know Clay Aiken was gay? Some people need their gaydar put in the shop for a tune up.


30 posted on 02/28/2006 6:00:59 AM PST by sandbar
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To: conservative cat
I also didn't realize that Freddie Mercury was gay, either

You're kidding right?

31 posted on 02/28/2006 6:01:54 AM PST by EricT. ("I reject your reality and substitute my own."-Adam Savage)
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To: Howlin

Yeah, it's sort of like the MPAA. They rate the sexual status of all musical acts. Clay Aiken CDs were stamped Certified Virgin. False advertising. (/sarcasm)


32 posted on 02/28/2006 6:02:24 AM PST by Chanticleer (Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready. T. Roosevelt)
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To: Howlin

When I bought his record, there was a HUGE statement all over the front of it, "CLAY AIKEN IS NOT!!!! GAY. HE IS SEXUALLY ATTRACTED TO WOMEN IN A HEALTHY, WHOLESOME, AND NATURAL WAY."


33 posted on 02/28/2006 6:03:00 AM PST by RayStacy
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To: Panerai

Good lord is nothing sacred. I bet you are going to tell me that Rock Hudson was gay next!!!


34 posted on 02/28/2006 6:06:16 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: RayStacy
Yep - and all my DVDs and VHS tapes that star Tom Cruise say the same thing!!
35 posted on 02/28/2006 6:06:25 AM PST by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: Howlin

So they're basing their suit on what a tabloid said?








not only that, they tie up a much need court system


36 posted on 02/28/2006 6:07:41 AM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: Panerai

P.S. I was heartbroken (but not exactly shocked, except the part of me that was in denial) that George Michael was gay. How is a woman supposed to cope knowing she had MAJOR teenage fantasies about a man that was doing the schlogana schlogana with another man!?!?!!


37 posted on 02/28/2006 6:08:39 AM PST by sandbar
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To: Junior_G
Johnny Weir is gay

No way.

38 posted on 02/28/2006 6:08:42 AM PST by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings............Modesty hides my thighs in her wings......)
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To: Panerai

And who'da thought Liberace was gay? I mean the women loved 'em!. I tell you, I didn't see that one comin'!

39 posted on 02/28/2006 6:08:45 AM PST by OB1kNOb ("All you get from our media is controversy, crap and confusion.")
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To: Banat
You mean to tell me that they thought he was "fo' real"? LOL! He's a bloody Am. Idol contestant! It doesn't get more manufactured and fake than that.

What's wrong of reaching stardom through singing contest? AI has attracted and produced many good artists, and so far their musics are better than hip-hop, rap, etc. with strange lyrics that we can easily find out there. BTW, have you ever listened to one of the winners? (Or virtual winner, Clay).

40 posted on 02/28/2006 6:10:09 AM PST by paudio
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To: Panerai

Have you ever seen a Clay Aiken fan?


41 posted on 02/28/2006 6:10:48 AM PST by LA Woman3 ("Throw me something, mister!")
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To: EricT.
You're kidding right?

Dead serious. I was maybe 7 or so when I saw Queen for the first time (pre-MTV) and really had no concept of gay. (I lived on a military base.) This was the early 80's, and most of the male pop-stars wore make-up and did girly things to their hair. I have talked to a few other friends the same age, and they also didn't know it, either (I had to check to see if I was exceptionally naive!) Then Queen wasn't really on the radar much for the remainder of the 80's, so I didn't put much thought into it, until he died of AIDS. I do have very good gaydar, now, though. ; )

42 posted on 02/28/2006 6:11:28 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: Panerai

Oh Oh, Rock Hudson sure has some 'spainin' to do.

Huh? Whaaa? He's dead?

Never mind!


43 posted on 02/28/2006 6:12:10 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Bigh4u2

spainin = 'Splainin'


44 posted on 02/28/2006 6:12:45 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: sgtbono2002

"Next they will be suing the Film Company Rock Hudson worked for. Now there was a package of lies."

My Dad told my Mom that Rock Hudson was gay in the early 1960s. She called him a liar. LOL! My dad used to deliver alcohol to the studios and to the stars personally in the early '60s. He knew a lot about the debauchery of Hollywood. He moved us back to Indiana because he wanted us to be moral. LOL!


45 posted on 02/28/2006 6:15:43 AM PST by imskylark
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To: Howlin
I mean, is there some logo or marking on the CDs I'm missing?

... not that there's anything wrong with that.

46 posted on 02/28/2006 6:17:04 AM PST by anonymous_user (62% of repondents say they lie to pollsters.)
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To: Panerai

I think old Judas Priest fans could also have a case. (But then again, who really didn't think Rob Halford was gay)


47 posted on 02/28/2006 6:20:20 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: conservative cat

Sorry, there's no such thing as bi... you either are a poofer are you aren't.


48 posted on 02/28/2006 6:22:07 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: conservative cat
I was actually one that was surprised that George Michael was gay, but I was a kid when Wham! came out and it was the 80's

How could anyone watch the "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" video and not be convinced he's gay?

49 posted on 02/28/2006 6:22:39 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Howlin

I still say he is not gay and that it is very rude to call him that unless he freely admits it himself.


50 posted on 02/28/2006 6:26:18 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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