Caleb Kennedy was about as close as you can get to taking it all on the latest season of American Idol, but says he’s decided step away from the show after video of him wearing a white hood surfaced online.
The 16-year-old contestant said the video was made when he was younger and that it wasn’t intended to be an endorsement of white supremacy.
“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” Kennedy wrote in a statement Wednesday (May 12).
As video made its rounds on Twitter, one post alleged Kennedy blocked users who referenced him with the clip.
Kennedy’s mother, Anita Guy, told MSN that the hood her son wore was inspired by a film.
“I hate that this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online,” Guy said. “This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.”
ABC confirmed that Kennedy would no longer be part of the competition. The network said that this Sunday’s episode will only feature the top four finalists.
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The Royal Family Scrambles To Be Seen In Public With Black People After Meghan Markle’s Interview
1. The Royal Family Scrambles To Be Seen In Public With Black People After Meghan Markle’s Interview
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This is a serious question. Between Charles going to a Black church like a Democrat during the primaries and this strategic photo of William with a Black woman (appears to be a staffer), does the cringeworthy obviousness of this “we’re not racist” play work in the UK? https://t.co/XRI4MMVpyu— Kirsten West Savali (@KWestSavali) March 11, 2021
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"We are very much not a racist family." - Prince William. pic.twitter.com/KXwo2rOJVK— Steph (@StephanieYeboah) March 11, 2021
3. “We are very much not a racist family,” Prince William said unconvincingly.
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“We are very much not a racist family,” Prince William told reporters during a visit to a school in Stratford, London.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 11, 2021
When asked if he had spoken to Prince Harry after the Oprah interview, he added, “No, I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I will do.”pic.twitter.com/MjTOeH7u6Z
4. The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit School 21 In Stratford With Black Staffer In TowSource:Getty 4 of 9
5. The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit School 21 In Stratford With Black Staffer In TowSource:Getty 5 of 9
6. Days after William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, made a very public visit to a Black churchSource:Getty 6 of 9
7. Are we to believe that all of the above is a coincidence?
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Prince William - royal family 'not racist'— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) March 11, 2021
Anyway, here's the brooch Princess Michael of Kent wore to a family banquet attended by Meghan Markle pic.twitter.com/KEtGVWlRKg
8. Prince William: "our family is very much not racist"
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Prince William: "our family is very much not racist" pic.twitter.com/hXmQz9sJLU— Faith (@faith_first1) March 11, 2021
9. While Royal racism is nothing new, to be sure, the recipe for using Black people as props is hardly unique to the U.K.9 of 9
‘American Idol’ Finalist Leaves Show After KKK-Themed Video Lands Online was originally published on newstalkcleveland.com