Tuesday, September 23, 2008

This Just In: Water Is Wet

People magazine will reveal on its web site tomorrow that American Idol's most famous runner-up, Clay Aiken, is gay.

The shock and surprise with which this news is being met is... well, it isn't.

Reuters reports:

After years of dodging questions, former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken will acknowledge he is a gay man in an interview with People magazine set to run on its Web site Wednesday, according to media reports.

Celebrity site Perezhilton.com on Tuesday published a photo of the cover of People magazine's upcoming issue on which Aiken cradles his new son, Parker Foster Aiken, in his arms.

The caption reads "Yes, I'm Gay," and underneath is a quote from Aiken on his decision to come out of the closet that says: "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things."
An unscientific poll on Popeater.com (which seems to be affiliated with AOL) finds that 96 percent of nearly 186,000 people surveyed are not surprised by the news Clay Aiken is gay; 4 percent (probably people who live in an abandoned coal mine in Alberta) expressed surprise.

A parallel poll indicates that 91 percent of over 151,000 persons surveyed are more surprised that Lindsay Lohan has admitted to being a lesbian, with 9 percent being more surprised about Aiken. (Most of those 9 percent have been searching the web for salacious home video of Lohan and her girlfriend, Samantha Ronson.)

Isn't news supposed to be, well, new?

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