Both TV Tattle and Vote for the Worst made note of an apology that showed up on the "American Idol" site. You may recall Mark Mudd Jr., the Louisville auditioner who seemed to spook the judges when he told them to "be careful." "Idol" has posted this note:
We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of the contestant's comment to "be careful" upon completion of his audition in Louisville, KY. Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. We had not heard that phrase from any other contestants during the day, so it took everyone by surprise. We now know better and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday.
This is, of course, utterly hypocritical. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the "Idol" auditions were in September. So the show had months to check out whether Mudd was threatening and whether his remark was being misinterprested. Months.
The show didn't bother to check things more closely because the clip looked like something they could promote, tease and otherwise exploit -- never mind that it carried echoes of the Paula Abdul stalker, a story that came up after the auditions. But the show probably thought such a connection would make the clip even more tantalizing to viewers. Tasteless, and with an apology that comes only after the show has wrung every hyping drop out of the clip.