Alleged Racism at American Idol?

Nicki Minaj, American Idol

Nicki Minaj, American Idol

Racism is a serious charge. When I was a Second-Class Petty Officer, I once complained to a Master Chief that a Navy training class we had to complete on-line portrayed all the “evil-doers” as leering white guys. And all the victims were “women of color.” The training was on sexual assault and it seemed over the top. Most Sailors probably could care less, but I noticed it and made my point with the Master Chief (who was with the IG.) It was changed the next year. Maybe due to me pointing it out, maybe not.

Charges of racism are being levied at none other than American Idol. Nevermind Fantasia in Season 3 or Ruben Studdard and Jordin Sparks. Or the judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

The lawyer for the nine aggrieved contestants is named James Freeman and he has: submitted a letter to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for permission to sue the show on behalf of nine humiliated African-American contestants – all of them male. 

Humiliated is a strong word. But if humiliation is the litmus for suing a reality show, our courts are soon to be clogged. This is getting a lot of press. The term: American Idol alleged racism, is all over the Yahoo search engine.

Dennis the Menace, Navy Sailor

You remember those Navy Chow posters I posted on earlier? The ones that advised Sailors not to get too much food? Guess whose signature popped on one? Look at the bottom corner of the poster:

Hank Ketcham, Navy Sailor, Dennis the Menace cartoon creator

Hank Ketcham, the Dennis the Menace creator was a Navy Sailor! In the Reserves:

Ketcham started in the business as an animator for Walter Lantz and eventually Walt Disney, where he worked on FantasiaBambi and Pinocchio. During World War II, Ketcham was a photographic specialist with the US Navy Reserve. Also while in the Navy he began a camp newspaper strip. Half Hitch, which ran in The Saturday Evening Post beginning in 1943.

I wonder if Dennis was modeled after a Sailor he knew. I could think of several.