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American Idol Fan Too Fat to be in Audience?



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We all know how importance image is in the music business. But if one “American Idol” fan is to be believed, things have gone a little too far, banishing an audience member to the back row for being “too heavy”.

It wasn’t only eliminated contestant Pia Toscana leaving in tears on Thursday. 19-year-old Ashley Kauffman of Riverside, California, was shocked and reduced to tears after production staffers allegedly told her she could not sit with her friends in the front row because she was “just too big, too heavy to be in front.”

The news is bound to shock fans of the show. Ashley and her friends were very excited to be at the filming, especially as they had got free tickets for the front row, right behind the judges. However, Ashley says that when she and her friends arrived to take their seats, some were ushered into the front row, while Ashley and another friend were told they couldn’t sit with them.

“One of us was not in a great outfit and the lady said ‘Oh, I don’t want shorts in front.’  Then she looks at me and goes, ‘Oh no, you’re just too big, too heavy to be in front!’ ” They were directed to seats right at the back of the studio.

A low blow, indeed, and it’s not made any better by Ashley trying to defend herself with “I’m not that big, but I understand I was bigger than the girls I was with.” Should that matter at all?

5 Responses to “American Idol Fan Too Fat to be in Audience?”

  1. mark says:

    I believe that I’m also too fat to be watching IDOL. Thats the straw that broke the camels back………NO more Idol for me……it really sucks now anyway without Simon and Paula.

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  2. redhot says:

    On E! they said she was 150lbs so it’s not like she was obese! Shame on American Idol and the producers. Now I know why I don’t watch the show!

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  3. skinnymini says:

    LOL wow that’s kinda funny though.

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  4. Jane says:

    Update Ashley’s father has claimed that she wants a public apology on the show? I can’t see that happening but should she push that? Or would that be opening herself up to a lot of online “fattist” jokes?

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  5. bluesky9 says:

    When I read she was too fat for the front seat, I thought it meant she was so fat she couldn’t fit in the seat. And here I find out it’s idol staff discriminating. If it were me, I’d say, “I wanted a front seat and I”m here first. No, I’m not moving because want some anorexic to fill the spot”. Then they’d have to drag me out. I mean, I know they have rules, but what kind of rule is that? And to the tards that will show up to say she needs a treadmill etc, that’s not the point! Besides, she looks pretty good. So apparently 20lbs over is too much? wow. I guess Ruben, or even Kelly Clarkson shouldn’t come back to perform either right? Kelly gained a little weight, but still looks fine. What’s next? Such idiots working for idol. They probably have no brain cells. Either that, or Lythgoe the producer is hiding behind it. Hey, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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