Some people go on hunger strike for political reasons. Some people go on hunger strike for animal rights. Jevonda, a 23-year-old woman from New York, is on hunger strike for a much different reason- because Sanjaya Malakar is still on American Idol.
“J,” as she refers to herself on her website, is writing a blog about her hunger strike. Apparently, it has created quite the stir. The Myspace page has almost 2,000 friends! Strangely enough, many “friends” of this cause have left comments such as “I’ll be having a nice steak tonight while I vote for Sanjaya.”
Personally, I am not a fan of Sanjaya Malakar. I could not handle the numerous shots of a crying pre-teen girl at last week’s Idol show. I mean, at first it was amusing, but then it was just lame. Part of me wants to think that they kept showing her because nobody else in the audience looked like they were enjoying Sanjaya’s performance. How could they be?
But to decide not to eat because he is still on the show… that is just plain stupid. For starters, Sanjaya has an unfortunate appeal to a large demographic of the American Idol audience- teenage girls. I believe that Sanjaya might just be to 2007 what Taylor Hanson was to 1997. No one of any merit really believed that Taylor, Zach, or Isaac Hanson were talented singers, but the Hanson brothers sold millions of records because teenage girls thought they were cute. Sanjaya seems to have that appeal, and it will likely carry him far.
Sanjaya is also one of the few teenagers on the show this season. Previous seasons have had more teenagers as finalists, but this time through there is only Sanjaya for the boys and Jordin Sparks for the girls. Teenagers like to vote for teenagers. I think they feel some cosmic connection to them, solely because of their age.
To make matters worse, some Idol hecklers are even voting for Sanjaya, just to spite the show. In an effort to keep up the entertainment of those bad auditions, VoteForTheWorst.com is encouraging everyone to call in and vote for Sanjaya. In past seasons of American Idol, VoteForTheWorst has been fairly successful at keeping some of the worst singers on longer than the best singers. Up against such a formidable foe, J has no hope of seeing her hunger strike end soon.
Apparently, J is aware of what VoteForTheWorst.com is doing. VoteForTheWorst has actually published a letter from her on their website. In the letter she says:
“Y’all are a bunch of junkies! Who destroys people’s singing careers over a dang joke? If you were in Brandin, LaKisha, Melinda, Stephanie, Chris, and other’s shoes, would you want a joke to destroy your singing repetation, if not stop voting for the Sanjaya. If yes, go to the devil.”
Knowing that she has VoteForTheWorst against her, as well as all of the teenage girls who are in love with his boyish good looks, continuing in her hunger strike just demonstrates her lack of wisdom. According to the video on her blog, her purpose for the hunger strike is essentially to stand up for the talented singers on the show, because “some people” [i.e. VoteForTheWorst] are sabotaging the show by voting for Sanjaya. It is sad that she doesn’t realize they do not need her to stand up for them; they have pretty much launched their career just by getting this far on the show. Some of the most successful singers from previous seasons of American Idol were the ones who did not win. Jennifer Hudson is an award-winning actress, and Chris Daughtry has a best-selling album. Neither of these former idols made it to even the top two.
Radio show hosts “Kevin and Bean” found the “Starvation for Sanjaya” so ridiculously dumb that they encouraged listeners to vote for Sanjaya and let her die. At this point, J has been on hunger strike for 10 days. The body starts to harvest muscle and vital organs after approximately three weeks of starvation. Hopefully, she will not continue this charade much longer.