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We have no idea why Kathie Lee even went there, but she did. Dr. Boyce Watkins explains why Gifford’s remarks about Aretha’s age are not just a problem for Aretha, but symbolic of the challenges of many senior citizens who are automatically counted out because of their age. There is no reason that Aretha would not be an adequate judge for American Idol, and for Gifford to simply write her off is not only wrong, but likely to draw the ire of millions of people.
Says Dr. Boyce Watkins:
Earlier this week, Aretha Franklin made it known that she would very much like to be a judge on American Idol. The world did what they normally do when Aretha speaks, they listened. Aretha is the standard against which most of the artists are compared, so why shouldn’t she be a judge for the show?
Today Show Host Kathie Lee Gifford weighed in on the issue, stating that the younger audience for American Idol would be unable to appreciate what Aretha’s legendary status brings to the table.
“If they are looking for a younger demographic, there are a lot of kids out there (who) actually don’t know who Aretha Franklin is. It’s sad, but they don’t,” Gifford said.