Clay Aiken takes credit for reviving Jericho
Aiken said he "...started blogging about [Jericho] on my fan site. It got canceled and I started blogging about how upset I was. I said, 'The Claymates can do anything. How do we get this show back on the air?'"
His fans sprung into action and, "Honestly, within a week, they had organized a campaign amongst Jericho fans to send nuts to CBS. It kind of started in that place. And it's back on the air. It just blows my mind."
I have a few questions about these comments...
1) Does he honestly believe that it was his blog that was the genesis of the online campaign? Isn't it more probable that his blogging about it simply reflected what other people were also feeling? Isn't saying that you started the campaign kind of like someone saying to one of their buddies in 1955, "Hey wouldn't it be awesome if we sent men to the moon?" and then trying to take credit for the Apollo program? If that's all you have to do to get credit for something, let me say now and for the entire internet to see: I would like the war in Iraq to end and for someone to create a cookie that never gets any smaller no matter how many bites are taken out of it. If either of those things happen in my lifetime, remember -- you read it here first!
2) Is there any fan nickname creepier than "Claymates"? I mean, I'm not making up the psuedosexual implication there am I? PLAYmate? CLAYmate? Beside that, is he really calling his fans by that name without irony? On some level, he's got to disrespect them, doesn't he? Someone should get a hidden camera on him while he's blogging because you know as soon as he's finished banging out another 300 words on why purple is his favorite gumdrop color, he'll have an Uncle Don Carney moment: "There that ought to hold the little bastards for another week."
3) How could his fans possibly allow themselves to be called that without feeling stripped of their dignity? I've been a fan of musicians before, but I'm pretty sure I'd set myself on fire before I'd let Roger Waters call me his "Waterboy" or whatever. If someone in your family told you, "Hey, you know what, I'm just a total Claymate!" wouldn't you convene a family meeting about how to fix the situation?
One question you won't be seeing me ask is whether or not the Claymates "can do anything". This is because in researching this article, I've discovered that yes, the Claymates can do anything. Some of their more impressive accomplishments:
- controlling the British Crown
- keeping the metric system down
- keeping Atlantis off the maps
- keeping the Martians under wraps
- holding back the electric car
- making Steve Guttenberg a star
- robbing cavefish of their sight
- rigging every Oscar night.
One wonders, however, seeing as it's true that the Claymates have such amazing powers, why their master hasn't order them to do something more constructive with their time other than bring back a serialized television drama. I'd personally like to see a workable plan for universal health care or at the very least a definitive answer on global warming.
By the way, if any of those two things happen, I'm taking credit for them too.