*** WARNING - THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT MAY BE OFFENSIVE ***
When the judges called in each contestant at the end to let them know whether it was the end of the road or whether they would be one of the 24 for whom viewers will now have the chance to vote in upcoming episodes, one contestant decided to have her say.
Enter Mandisa Hundley, a Black woman who is both large and gorgeous. In her initial audition, the caustic judge, Simon Cowell, quipped when she entered, "It looks like we're going to need a bigger stage," and later made another remark comparing her girth to the country of France.
In last night's episode, Mandisa called him on that, letting him know the comments hurt her. But then she went on to tell him (and I am quoting as best I can remember):
"But I forgive you, Simon. I figured if my Lord, Jesus Christ, can die on a cross to forgive our sins, then I can at least forgive you for your comments."
Can you imagine? Fox-TV allowed her to utter the name of the Christ, without any consideration given to members of non-Christian faiths, the ACLU, the Democratic Party, children without self-esteem, Michael Nedow, GLAAD, or gay cowboys - no redaction, no censoring, and no apologies.
What is this world coming to?