Saturday, April 14, 2007

I'm a Mat, Here's My Money

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See? Claymats are just that MATS. Clay wants this, Clay wants that and they all jump through hoops to accommodate him. What does HE do for them in return? Well, for starters there's certainly no consistency when it comes to the fan club membership promises made and when it comes to concerts they can't even put together a decent tour and give their fans accurate information concerning its details. Instead, the fans lose money booking flights, hotels, securing car rentals just to find out there's no such a concert confirmed and no explanations, apologies, not a peep from their master and leader about anything that requires at least a reassuring statement.

Now, if Clay needs something, he will surely blog on the spot and butter them up till they open their wallets at his will. The twisted part is that these women who are supposed to be highly intelligent and educated, can't (or refuse to) see how little respect he holds for them. All he sees in them are dollar signs and since these women seem not to have any self-respect, they are more than willing to relinquish their self pride and control in order to boost his overgrown ego. Unfortunately, their minds are so altered by the effects of the kool-aid, that all it takes is a word from their leader and they are willing to do WHATEVER it takes to makes his wishes come true.

His efforts in Afghanistan would have been better appreciated if they had not been attached to an agenda born out of his bitter resentment toward the American Idol machine. Clay Aiken hates to lose and so long as he remembers AI 2003 and its outcome, he will never let anyone forget it, but what he doesn't realize is that with the aid of his devoted goons he is making sure everyone sees how right America was in declaring him a LOSER. Thank you Clay Aiken and Claymats for allowing us to see the type of people you REALLY are and why we rejected YOU as an American Idol and your fans. NOTHING you can do now will EVER give you back a victory you didn't deserve. Too bad their money couldn't buy you the title.

You can manipulate your CULT followers, you can manipulate UNICEF, Diane Sawyer or anyone else into believing you're a decent human being, but those of us who know better will always recognize you as the fraud and fake persona you have created for yourself and your CULT followers. Be proud Mr. Aiken, be VERY proud.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Clay Aiken: Selling Himself To The Highest Bidders?

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Recent events have made it apparent that Clay Aiken seems to be courting and rewarding his Claymates that have the deepest pockets.

Indeed, a member of the ClayBoard recently posted the following:

windstar2 Admire and Respect OMCPosts: 12795(4/12/07 9:46 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: UNICEF Email from Clay
NO amount is to large or small!
True ... but with the larger amount you get more of a to Clay and what touches his heart. And of course I would like that. Very nice of him to have such nice incentives but I can only give what I can give. I'm glad for those who can give the $1,000 though.
Edited by:
windstar2 at: 4/12/07 9:50 pm

This person would seem to be correct. Clay has been going out of his way to reward the people who cough up the most money. Check out the privileges money bought at his recent BAF Champions for Change Gala.

People paying $2500.00 for a seat at this gala were rewarded with attending a "special VIP reception with Clay" and an individual picture taken with Clay.

People paying $1000.00 for a seat at this gala were rewarded with attending a "special VIP reception with Clay" and a group picture taken with Clay.

People who paid $175.00 got dinner and admission to the show.

People who paid $100.00 got admission to the show.

Clay could have easily walked around during the dinner, stopping at the tables of people who spent $175.00 for the dinner for less than a minute, to thank them for coming and supporting the cause. He didn't.

The people who paid $100.00 got to see a 4 song show.

Apparently, Clay valued his Claymates that have deep pockets the most and they were rewarded with access to Clay.

At the auction that took place at this event, the Claymates with the money were able to scoop up the items offered leaving those with less money empty handed and possibly feeling undeservedly, a little bit bad about themselves and that they never had a chance at some items they might have treasured. It was not an even playing field.

Now Clay has come back from his Unicef trip to Afghanistan and has issued a challenge to his Claymates. He wants to raise $100,000.00 in 10 days to benefit Afghani children.

To inspire donations and to sweeten the deal for the Claymates with the deep pockets again, those who are able to donate $1000.00 or more will be rewarded with autographed copies of his report.

What does this say to the Claymates of lesser means? What if giving $20.00 for them is the equivalent of a richer Claymate's $1000.00? Are the fans with less money less important and less deserving to Clay Aiken than the fans who are more fortunate and have more money to spare?
That would seem to be the message that Clay is sending.

Those that have, receive. They receive access to Clay. They receive autographs from Clay.
Those that don't have, don't receive. They are barely acknowledged if at all.

How very charitable. Only not.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Clay Aiken: What Has He Ever "Given Back"?

Clay Aiken took a recent UNICEF trip to Afghanistan and is back and asking for money for Afghani children. That's all well and good, but what does Clay Aiken plan to do besides ask for money from others and take credit for it once it is raised? Clay has received so much positive PR from his association and photo ops with UNICEF, it's about time that he started to even the score by REALLY giving back.

Will Clay will be contributing some of his own money?

Will he offer to give a free fundraising concert?

Will he offer to match some funds?

Clay Aiken's Afghanistan Appeal: $100,000 in 10 days! "I've just returned from Afghanistan and see that the need is urgent. Let's aim high and work together to raise $100,000 in 10 days. Join me in standing with UNICEF to help these kids."

Clay Aiken's UNICEF page has been updated to include the following statement:

Clay Aiken was appointed U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador in 2004. He is particularly committed to supporting UNICEF's education programs, and is truly "an Idol who gives back."

WHAT has Clay Aiken "given back" exactly? He has taken all of his UNICEF trips on UNICEF's dime, supposedly the only Goodwill Ambassador to do so.

What did he donate to the children of Lebanon?

What did he donate to the Tsunami victims?

What did he do for the children of Uganda, besides promising to compose a song to bring awareness to their plight, only to renege on that promise?

What is he going to donate to the children of Afghanistan?

What has he donated to BAF?

What has he ever given back?

Other celebrities, when moved by a people or an event. have opened up their hearts and wallets and donated astonishingly generous amounts of money.

All Clay Aiken seems capable of doing is garnering publicity for himself and asking OTHER people to donate money.

Clay claims to be moved by people and events, but not enough to ever open his own wallet or arrange for a benefit concert to bring awareness to his causes.

Clay visited an orphanage not long ago and commented in an interview about how he'd love to pay for a college education for one of the orphans.

What's stopping him?

Has his financial situation grown so dismal that he is incapable of contributing his own money to causes that "move" him?

Clay should try putting his money where his mouth is.

He loves and needs the print and the pictures portraying him as a humanitarian, but he falls very short of acting as a true humanitarian.

A true humanitarian doesn't want or need a special link to assure that they will get credit for money that OTHER PEOPLE donate.

A true humanitarian would never have done the following:

02:17 PM: CLAYMATES UNITE!!I've told my friends and colleagues at UNICEF just how motivated and supportive you all are. I tried to explain just how wonderful and driven you can be when it comes to supporting causes that are important, like the world's children.

To test my theory, they have set up a special link specifically for us to use to help out with the Lebanon crisis I talked about in my last blog.

They'll be monitoring this link to see just how great the Claymates can be.

If you aren't able to this time, it's absolutely cool.

Encourage those you know are able to use this link to donate.

If you are in a position to help UNICEF help the children affected by the crisis in Lebanon, do so by clicking HERE.

Let's show them what we're made of!!

Current mood: Excited Currently listening to: nothing


07/27/0603:47 PM: Having trouble?

For those of you having trouble....copy and paste this exact link into your browser's address bar.

This will take you to the same site as others use to donate to UNICEF, but it will also keep track of how much money is donated by fan club members and those who we tell to use this link.

So tell all of your friends to use this exact address instead of going to the address that this takes you to.

I, of course, get no credit for this. Nor would I want it.But I do look forward to continuing to have PROOF that you guys are the GREATEST fans in the world!!

Let the games begin!!

Current mood: Happy Currently listening to: nothing


07/28/0609:33 AM: Holy Moly!

You MUST be kidding me!!!

I am CONSTANTLY AMAZED by your fervor and your enthusiasm, to say nothing of your generosity.

I just got a call from about 15 people at the UNICEF office in NYC who were about to jump out of their skin with excitement!

They could not LOVE the Clay Nation any more!

Since mid afternoon yesterday, you guys alone have contributed $45,896.96 to UNICEF's work with the children in Lebanon!Unbelieveable!!

The Claymates' contributions make up 17% of the total monies raised for the Lebanon crisis!

They say it is absolutely unprecedented.I say "That's just how amazing my fans are!"

To give you an idea....$45,896.96 can buy:245 school-in-a-box kits with supplies to provide 19,628 children with schooling.or188 emergency health kits providing basic drugs, medical supplies, and equipment for 188,102 children for 3 months

Look at all the DIFFERENT WAYS that you guys are making a difference.

As the number rises, I'll keep you up-to-date!

Sometimes I wonder how I'd ever make it through this world without having you. I just wouldn't have a clue!(that was a specific hint for you... as a thank you! ;)

I love you guys!c


11:04 AM: End of day results

Here's the last update of the day as the UNICEF office closes at 2pm today.

$47,556.96that's 254 school-in-a-box kits serving 20,338 childrenor195 emergency health kits for 194,906 people for 3 months



07/31/0611:09 AM: WOW WOW WOW

New number - $66,723.12 (that's another $19,166.16since Friday'supdate)

that's 357 school-in-a-box kits serving 28,534children or 273 emergency health kits for 273,455 people for 3 months AMAZING! Really gives me chills at how astounding you guys are!Hopefully you'll have some left in you to buy your 7 copies... no... make that 8 copies of the album on September 19th!!

Official word comes in the next few hours!!


A true humanitarian is not self serving. A true humanitarian would not ask for credit. A true humanitarian would not ask of others without doing what they, themselves, could do.

Clay Aiken is a proven effective and manipulative fund raiser only because he has a fanbase of cultish sycophants to do his bidding, but he does not deserve to be referred to as "truly an Idol who gives back."

Again...WHAT has CLAY, himself, ever given back?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Clay Aiken: If You See It On OFC You Can Believe It

Clay Aiken has often said "If you see it at OFC, you can believe it".

Here is some of what you are supposed to get when you pay your dues and join up at OFC.

Ultimate Membership - $29.99 + S/H

1-Year Fan Club Membership
Members Only Clay Aiken Official Fan Club T-Shirt
Exclusive Clay Aiken Official Fan Club Bracelet
8x10 photo
Official Membership Card
Welcome Letter From Clay
Fan Pack - $14.99 + TAX
Available NOW exclusively at Best buy stores nationwide!

1-Year Fan Club Membership
Exclusive Clay Aiken Official Fan Club Bracelet (Design of bracelet varies from Ultimate Membership)
Official Membership Card
Welcome Letter from Clay (Welcome Letter varies from Ultimate Membership)
Upgrade Option to Ultimate Membership
Fan Pack Upgrade - $16.00 + S/H
(You must successfully redeem your Best Buy code before you can upgrade.)
Members Only Clay Aiken Official Fan Club T-Shirt
8x10 photo
Exclusive Clay Aiken Official Fan Club Bracelet

Join the Clay Aiken Fan Club
What's New for Year 2?
Members Only Chat Room
More personal blogs from Clay
New voice messages from Clay
Cool contests with exclusive prizes
New Wallpapers and Buddy Icons
Opportunity to buy concert tickets first and attend meet & greets*

Even most Claymates, if they were to be honest would admit that this is all, for the most part, a joke and that this fan club is miserably mismanaged.

First, when renewing last year, credit cards were charged multiple times, debit cards also were charged multiple times, emptying bank accounts and leaving the card holders with bouncing checks.

When it came to receiving the merchandise that was purchased along with the membership, many members waited months upon months before receiving the packages, some still never have and getting answers and support from OFC is virtually impossible.

Clay Aiken has often said, "If you see it at OFC, you can believe it". One would think that this also applies to what Clay himself blogs.

Remember this blog?

It seems over the past few weeks, the tabloids and gossip mongers have had their hands full coming up with new and exciting "scandals" for me to be a part of. Yet, for all of their efforts to be on the "cutting edge" and the forefront of bull$#@& journalism, it seems that some of them may be running out of ideas and resorting to recycling and re-hashing some of their older tall tales. How sad!?
With this in mind, we thought maybe we would try to give them a finger.... er.. a hand.
For all of the contests that we hold here on the OFC, this one promises to be one of my favorites.Build-Your-Own-Scandal!That's right! Let's show off the creative abilities of the greatest group of fans on Earth.
The contest is simple, but will require some thinking and planning...
Come up with the most outlandish story you can that places me (either alone or with others close to me) in a really juicy/tawdry/scandalous/shameful story.
Then, use any photos, videos, audio clips of me that you can find along with your favorite multimedia enhancing/"doctoring" program (like a PhotoShop or a sound/video editor) to create your "evidence"!
Maybe you have "pictures" of me being "abducted by oversized turnips"... or ... "video" of me "dancing with a three legged gorilla". Be creative!
You'll submit your "story" and "evidence" to an address that you'll find online here at the OFC very soon.
I'll personally pick the "story" that not only is most creative, but has the most CONVINCING and REALISTIC looking "evidence"!(It obviously can't be that hard to come up with!)
The winner(s) will be featured here... PLUS... there will be a great prize to go along with the honor of being the creator of "Scandal 2007"
This one is gonna be fun!!
Feel free to get started thinking...but, keep your eye out for details on rules/requirements for entry and deadlines and prizes. they be announced here soon.
Happy Fabricating!!
Current Mood: Excited

Given that Clay himself said that "if you see it at OFC you can believe it", many in the fanbase took Clay at his word. Others thought it was a joke, but nobody knew for sure. Many prepared their entries to this contest, others thought it was a bad idea, there was angst and arguing among fans. They looked to the OFC for guidance, but there was none. Nobody there had a clue. It wasn't til months later that OFC had a statement that Clays blog was just "snark".

Maybe that was the first clue that Claymates should have had that "if you see it at OFC, you can believe it" wasn't necessarily true.

Now we come to Clay's summer "tour". Once again, the Claymates took Clay's words, "if you see it at OFC, you can believe it" to heart. When dates were announced and posted on OFC, people trusted that Clay's OFFICIAL FAN CLUB would have correct, confirmed information before disseminating it.

Based upon what the OFC posted, Claymates booked airline flights and hotels and made travel plans. They had no reason to doubt what OFC was posting because CLAY HIMSELF said "if you see it at OFC, you can believe it". Again, some did.

ClaysBabyDoll Registered MemberPosts: 16(3/14/07 6:08 pm)Reply
Re: JULY 7 - NOKIA THEATRE - DALLAS, TX (Grand Prairie)
I am so excited!!! Grand Prairie is only about 45 miles from my home!! I have a question - what is the procedure for buying pre-sale tickets for members of the OFC? I've never done this before and would like some information PUHLEEZE---THANKS!!! LOOK OUT - WEST PALM BEACH - my nephew is a Captain for American Airlines and he and his wife live in WPB. They have already told me they will fly me down there and buy my concert ticket!!!! I can hardly contain myself!!!I LOVE CLAY AIKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

topcat50 Registered MemberPosts: 1831(3/16/07 4:24 pm)Reply
Re: JULY 7 - NOKIA THEATRE - DALLAS, TX (Grand Prairie)
I just spoke with the box office and tix via TM go on sale on March 30.Hope there's an OFC presale for this!

fayclay Clay, Always and Forever.. Posts: 959(3/21/07 4:08 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: JULY 7 - NOKIA THEATRE - DALLAS, TX (Grand Prairie)
Does anyone know if the OFC will have pre-sale tickets?

Martigyrl This one's got me conflicted. I feel like I'm addicted.Posts: 2630(4/2/07 8:34 pm)Reply ezSupporter
I'm flying down to Grand Prairie for the concert, and can someone tell me if the Quality Inn Dallas Market Center hotel, is anywhere near the Nokia??? I haven't got a clue, never been to Texas before. I'd sure appreciate it if someone can let me know. I've already booked it all, but after looking it up again, it looks like I might have chosen the wrong Quality Inn. Thanks for anyone who can answer .

mskat63 Thudding in Texas for Clay!Posts: 685(3/30/07 11:26 pm)Reply
Thank you viteradiva1 for getting the group rate at the Embassy Suites. A great deal and option for those who haven't already booked a room. I booked a room at the $95 rate by going here... then putting "CAF" in the group code box.Nice two room suites and has all the bells and whistles.. (free breakfast, free evening reception, free airport shuttle)Now I just need a ticket!!!

viteradiva1 Registered MemberPosts: 1(3/13/07 8:23 pm)Reply
Re: JULY 7 - NOKIA THEATRE - DALLAS, TX (Grand Prairie)
A bunch of us flying in are staying at the Wyndham. They have free airport shuttle and they are working on a group rate for us. I also heard that the AmeriSuites may be under construction. They are converting to a Hyatt Place. Just so excited to see everyone! Any word on a preparty?

So guess what happened? OFC had this date posted even though it was never actually confirmed. There is no show at the Nokia Theatre in Dallas. Why was this ever even posted at OFC? Clay SAID "if you see it at OFC, you can believe it". Claymates who bought non-refundable airline tickets are upset and some are FINALLY looking to OFC and Clay Aiken for accountability.

ImAllEars Registered MemberPosts: 2910(4/9/07 7:25 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: Nokia information just in
Well, I'm one of many who have already booked their airline tickets and have my Houston ticket in hand for that concert. It saddens me to think we have NOBODY and NO PLACE that we can trust. We were advised if things were on OFC, we could put faith in that being the truth....well now we are finding out that just isn't so. You may not blame Clay Aiken, but I've always been told the buck stops at the top....he is the top. He is the final say. These people work for HIM. It is HIS fan club that still has Nokia up under tours and anyone who signs in will still think it is a valid concert.If clarification and corrections need to be made, why hasn't it been done? You can say I'm more than just a little upset about this. Somebody has no respect for his fans or their bank accounts from the looks of this.I was very much looking forward to this tour and now....not so much. Anyway you look at this it is going to cost me a lot of money, that could have been spent on additional concerts, to get myself home. It really doesn't help me to know I'm not alone in this. In fact, it saddens me more, because other people shelling out additional money to change their airline tickets for absolutely no good reason other than team Clay changed their minds, seems to be a huge waste of that could have gone to BAF or some other very worthy cause.The Summer of Clay '07 is not getting off to a good start at all.

jaysue Registered MemberPosts: 424(4/9/07 8:08 pm)Reply
Re: Nokia information just in
You may not blame Clay Aiken, but I've always been told the buck stops at the top....he is the top. He is the final say. These people work for HIM. It is HIS fan club that still has Nokia up under tours and anyone who signs in will still think it is a valid concert.
Barb - you are right. I'm upset too. Airline tickets have been purchased with money that has been saved up waiting for this tour. Now flights will have to be cancelled or changed. Why are we paying dues to a fan club that can't get their act together? And sorry folks, but this time I too blame the man at the top. He's got some 'splaining to do.

jtgranny ISY....OOPS no I didn'tPosts: 10283(4/9/07 8:18 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: Nokia information just in
There is a lesson to be learned from this, albeit a painful one. Do not purchase plane tickets until you have the concert tickets firmly in hand.
I'm trying really hard not to loose it but this statement keeps coming up in more and more posts. When you have been told time and time again that NOTHING is for sure unless IT IS POSTED ON THE OFC. It's hard to take when they then change it on you. Most people that I know of waited and waited to get all the information.Location: Dallas/NokiaDate: July 7th, 2007The above was posted on the OFC!!!Location: Dallas/NokiaDate: July 7th, 2007The above was posted in a "Upcoming Events Newletter" emailed out from NOKIAWho: Clay AikenLocation: Dallas/NokiaDate: July 7th, 2007On sale date: July 14th, 2007The above was posted on TicketmasterConcerts Tickets > Adult Contemporary Tickets > Clay Aiken Tickets > Clay Aiken Tickets at NOKIA live at Grand Prairie . . . > Clay AikenSat, Jul 07 TBDNOKIA live at Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie, TX Read Reviews Save $100 On Clay Aiken Tickets Print This Page Email This Page Newsletter Signup Add to Favorites Add to Outlook Ticket FinderSelect # of Tickets: Select Price Range: $15$385$15$38544 tickets available from $15 to $385 each. Click here to compare 'd ticketsClick here to view all tickets () Show recommended first SectionRowPrice (ea)Tickets NeededCLUBNotesPASS$152019181716151413121110987654321CLUB/SUITE PASSES--NOT A CONCERT TICKET206NotesNN$19542COMPARABLE, OR BETTER206NotesKK$22042COMPARABLE, OR BETTER105NotesN$29042COMPARABLE, OR BETTER103NotesM$3852FLOOR--12 TH ROW CENTER103NotesL$38542FLOOR--11 TH ROW CENTER103NotesO$385642FLOOR--14 TH ROW CENTERParkingSectionRowPrice (ea)Tickets NeededVIPNotesPARKING$2510987654321UP CLOSE VIP PARKING--NOT A CONCERT TICKET This is posted on a Broker site. Note that the bolded TBD has just appeared since last week when Tulsa came on the scene.Sooooo I don't think anyone jumped the gun in buying plane tickets.
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jtgranny at: 4/9/07 8:21 pm

Rainlover Aiken AficionadoPosts: 21004(4/9/07 8:49 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: Nokia information just in
Nokia is still listed at OFC.And a new Michigan date.

cindilu2 ilovehimandimeanit Posts: 5740(4/9/07 8:53 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: Nokia information just in
At the bottom it lists all of the tour dates listed so far, and Nokia was not one of them.
Actually, the email lists all the shows with ONSALE dates confirmed. The fan club main (public) page lists all the shows, and Dallas is still listed, along with a new Michigan date.Maybe, just maybe, it's the venue people who are wrong (wouldn't be the first time, especially after being inundated with fan phone calls and emails) and the OFC dates are still correct. Okay - that's weird. I SWEAR Nokia was on the OFC list five minutes ago, and now it's not. Wow. So bizarre.

ldb51 ClayjuvenatedPosts: 2303(4/9/07 9:17 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: Nokia information just in
Soooooo, what did everyone think about the long and apologetic explanation from Team Clay???????????What? No comments---------OH, excuse me-----they didn't give a long apologetic explanation!!!!!!!!!! my bad!!!

jtgranny ISY....OOPS no I didn'tPosts: 10286(4/9/07 9:17 pm)Reply ezSupporter
Re: Nokia information just in
My intention is not to pour salt on the very painful wounds that are obviously here tonight. It is to try to prevent future wounds. And once again I feel the need to defend Clay. We don't know what happened. Please wait to place blame until you know who was at fault. He doesn't deserve this.
I'm sure you did not intend to hurt anyone's feelings. It's just the comments about people waiting to get plane tickets is a bit much. If the information for Nokia had been listed only on Ticketmaster or Broker sites or Nokia....most probably would not have bought. The fact of the matter still is and will was posted on the OFC. I don't blame Clay for any of this, however he has said it time and time again...."if it's not posted then it's not true." "It's not Official until it's posted on the OFC" So I guess now we are not to believe what Clay says??? I'm sorry but it has to be one way or the other....right now as it stands it's a crap shoot as to whether or not you can believe anything posted on the OFC.And again, I've not put blame on anyone in particular and won't until we know who the blame belongs to. That however does not mean I have to be ok with this whole mess and can't state my mind.

Once again, incompetence at OFC has led to discord and arguing among the Claymates. I for one, love it just for the comedic value alone!
OFC members have already seen that they don't always get the merchandise they pay for, Clay's blogs may or may not be "real", I guess the last thing they thought they could count on OFC for was at least accurate Clay Aiken tour information.
They can't even count on that. What did they pay $29.95 plus shipping and handling for again?

OFC has not provided any kind of statement or guidance about what has occurred.

As is always true of both Clay Aiken AND his OFC, whenever there is a conflict or a situation that needs addressing, they have gone silent.

Maybe the Claymates should open their eyes and minds and entertain the truth that not everything Clay Aiken OR the OFC says can or should be believed.

Do Claymates REALLY Care About Autism?

Fans of Clay Aiken love to pride themselves on being a charitable lot.

They love to tout the "power" of "Claynation" to do good and then exclaim "look what love has done".

It would seem that for Claymates, love and charity only exist for them if it somehow benefits Clay Aiken, which would make them total hypocrites. Love and charity in the true sense, springs from the heart without needing motivation.

During the "Six Degrees"fundraiser, Claymates were beside themselves using multiple pay-pal accounts and desperately trying to get anyone they knew to donate in hopes of raising money for a program (BAF) that promotes inclusion of all children. Were they really trying to raise money for the children and the cause or was it only about making Clay Aiken a "winner"?

There were pages and pages on the ClayBoard about this fundraiser with members urging each other to give and some even offered to donate for those who could not afford to. That would "appear" to be "charitable", wouldn't it?

Why then, when the midnight hour came and the drive for matching funds was over, did all talk of donations stop? At midnight, did the people on CB all turn into pumpkins or did they just stop caring about the children at that point? More likely it was never about the children in the first place. It was all about Clay Aiken for them. It always is.

If Clay Aiken rips a fart in Memphis, there will be a 38 page thread about it on CB discussing whether it smelled like lilacs or gardenias, yet yesterday, a thread was started about an autism site, a cause supposedly close to the hearts of Claymates where there was a link to a video and for each time the video is viewed, money will be donated to "Autism Speaks", a reputable and respected charity for autism.

The link to the thread will be posted below and you will see what kind of outpouring came from the Claymates to it.

The link to the video site will also be posted below and I hope that everyone who reads and posts here will click on it and help raise money for research that can help autism be better understood.

Monday, April 9, 2007

A Claymate on Charity and Humanitarianism. Dissected.

A post from a disgruntled Claymate complaining about the "Idols Give Back" event sponsored by American Idol, left me literally speechless and at the same time very angry. Many of you may have read her diatribe therefore I won’t post it again, but will touch on a few of her comments.

Everything that was written is appalling in my view, but this particular statement left me totally befuddled. "…but I have no intention of buying the video or calling in a pledge. Clay fans can make donations to UNICEF directly or to the BAF or other charities without needing to go through the Idol organization." WTF? She posted that on Easter Sunday? WOW! So basically she’s TELLING the mats how and what to do about their donations. And the reason behind it has NOTHING to do with the charitable action itself, but based on her disgruntled attitude toward the AI organization because her favorite singer was not invited????? As I asked on my post, why the hell (not exactly the term I used) do they make everything about the Faiken? Who died and made him ruler of the entertainment world?

She continues, "…the extravaganza strikes me as focused too much on building up AI and other aspects of Simon Cowell's business interests". Okay, maybe she should have written, "I’m asking you to do this because I want to focus a lot on building up Clay Aiken and other aspects of our selfish interests". That would have been more accurate for the reason behind it Claymat!

"Maybe if Kelly weren't appearing, I could just write it off as their wanting to incorporate some non-Idol big name stars", Hummmm DUH!
Listen idiot, as much as you hate to hear it, Kelly IS a big name star thus the reason she WAS invited (Stings doesn’t it?).

Now this one takes the cake (at least for me) "…But with a former Idol star featured -- not the one most associated with humanitarian work or UNICEF". HUH????? This statement brought me to the "humanitarian" label which they love to stamp on his chest. Can anyone tell me how TF is he a humanitarian? Last time I check its definition reads:

humanitarian-1. A person who seeks to promote human welfare; a person who advocates or practices humane action; a philanthropist; 2. Of or relating to human welfare. (Oxford dictionary, 1997). We also need to look at the word philanthropist and its definition is stated as someone who devotes his/her time, money, or effort towards helping others. The label is most often applied to someone who gives large amounts to charity (Wikipedia).

Just by the definitions, the Faiken is disqualified as he is neither a humanitarian nor a philanthropist. I don’t think traveling to Banda Aceh or Uganda as a requirement of his "Ambassador" duties qualifies him as neither. Sure, he traveled to the locations and it was a great photo op moment, but what has he done to effect change in those countries? How much of his money has he given away in large amounts? What time has he devoted to humanitarian causes on HIS OWN?

You may ask, "But what can they do as ambassadors?" The UNICEF site states
"They can make direct representations to those with the power to effect change. They can use their talents and fame to fundraise and advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality and protection.

I ask Clay, What have you done for them lately? Talk is cheap Clay, but yours is waaaaay cheaper than anyone else’s.

To the mats, you really need to let go off AI 2003. If you had done that after the AI finale who knows, maybe Faiken would have had a better chance at a longer and REALLY successful career. You have been and will always be his worse enemy and you can blame NO ONE but yourselves for his downfall. Posts like the one broken down here only gives credence to the CULTIST Group label you have rightfully earned and which is clearly noticed by everyone outside your box.
Get a hobby other than being Faiken’s Vigilantes.
Go back to needlepoint, scrap booking, gardening or knitting. It’ll be less exhausting mentally than fighting invisible demons that you see attacking your leader at every corner.
Would you, please?
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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Have a FABULOUS Easter, Everyone!