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?