That's the way Simon is and that's the way he's always been on AI. I also think it's ironic that you would judge his comments as improper when he went on the Howard Stern Show for godsakes!Originally posted by pepper
The issue isn't whether Simon perfers Ruben over Clay. My goodness, the man picked Carmen out of 200 other potential wildcards to be in the Final 12.
The concern is that Clay's career is just beginning and negative comments such as Simon's could have an effect on Clay's future.
If Simon were to say, "I never really cared for Clay's singing," then fine. If he were to say, "I always thought Ruben was the most talented of the twelve," then fine.
But that's not what he said. And what he did say was at best improper, at worst bully/cruel, and either way unnecessary.
His comments will not affect the opinion of Clay fans worldwide. As far as critics are concerned, they've already built negativity around both Clay and Ruben from emerging from AI in the first place.
So I still don't get the big deal!