We really couldn’t say it any better than this article by Gayl Killough at Reality TV Calendar, so forgive us for quoting most of it. You can read the full article here.
I write on staff for Reality TV Calendar, but my regular job is working for local government with the homeless community.
I also happen to be a huge fan of Alex Lambert and have been following him regularly the past year, including reading all of his tweets.
You bet I have plenty to say about the overreaction of a few tweets from Alex Lambert and I am furious.
I cannot believe how a few tweets in reply to some questions from Alex’s fans got blown up so out of proportion to go viral on numerous blogs, be picked up by news sites that are usually considered legitimate, and that all this happened without any fact checking first. What happened to due diligence?
I can understand using tweets as a starting point for a news article. Why was Alex not contacted about what he meant, and then possibly there is a news story? Tweets by themselves out of context are not a news story. Even if Alex were to come out in future interviews that supported this story, it is inexcusable to build a news story just out of a few random tweets in the first place without a solid basis for context… This is a so-called news story that never should have been…
Alex made the comment that he is kinda homeless in a tweet, meaning that he has not had his own place to live since If I Can Dream ended. What seems to fuel the fire of actual homelessness are his mentions in other tweets of sleeping near buildings. Keep in mind that in those tweets Alex never said that he was actually homeless. There are alternative explanations. People have very shallow ideas of homelessness and the struggling poor. Reality is a lot more complex. I don’t know exactly what Alex meant by sleeping near buildings as I write this, but I can speculate based on what else I know about Alex and what I know about poor people struggling to live their dreams…
For all the inane comments that suggest Alex needs to get a job, people need to realize that Alex has had a job and has been working his butt off in the studio recently recording a ton of demos. Alex even has a video out for one of his songs entitled “I Didn’t Know”, which can be seen at Alex’s MySpace. Simon Fuller has invested a lot of money in a career for Alex. Alex has worked with a ton of songwriters, enough for several albums worth…
What especially bothers me is the backlash against Alex when it is not his fault that his tweets were misunderstood, and then overblown into a false frenzy. And no I do not believe that celebrities should have to be able to predict how their tweets and comments can be twisted. The responsibility is on the media and readers to use their brains and not jump to conclusions.
Speaking of the media, here’s a sampling of what they have to say today: Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, MTV News, CNN, Hollywood Reporter, PerezHilton.com, MJs Big Blog, The Hollywood Gossip, LA Times, Fox News, Examiner, Yahoo Music, CBS News, Inside Edition, People, Slate Magazine, Daily Mail (UK), AOL News, OK Magazine
We would also like to make clear that, although we understand full well how infuriating it can be to read some of the comments posted in response to these articles, we here at AlexLambert.com do not condone verbal abuse directed at journalists or bloggers. They’re just trying to do their job, folks, and though yes they jumped the gun on this story, they don’t write the comments.
We do not, however, cut DJ Kid Kraddick any slack. On his show today, after being read just a couple of Alex’s tweets, he somehow made the wild leap to saying that Alex must be schizophrenic – managing to insult the mentally ill, the homeless, Alex Lambert, and his own intelligence in a matter of seconds. Said Kraddick: “…OK, that is a warning sign of schizophrenia, that’s what this looks like to me. Schizophrenics in their more lucid moments apologize profusely for what they did before, because they’re like, I know I did that, but I don’t really know why that was going on in may head or why those voices were telling me this and that – I mean, that’s what it sounds like to me… about 75% of homeless people on the street are schizophrenic.”
Bless you cohosts Kelly and Jenna for trying to argue with this actual madness – and we’re sorry you have to work with such a douche. Their response to Kraddick’s outrageous flight of fancy? “I’m not gonna label him that yet… you can truly be homeless in LA but stay on everybody’s couch… if you’re in a recording studio all night and you got maybe two or three hours before you gotta be back, wouldn’t you just take a nap in your car and go back in? …That’s what he was saying. I think he’s just trying to say ‘I’m not spoiled and just getting famous, that I’m really hustling and doing it how it should be done’.”
That may be the first sensible broadcast/published thing we’ve heard on this now overblown issue.
And on that note, can we please lay this to rest, and get back to what it’s all really about?? Yes, I’m talking about the MUSIC people! Forget the haters, forget the comments, and yes, forget the tweets… just turn up the volume and LISTEN!