For 12 years, American Idol has shown the spotlight on amateur singers promising the possibility of fame and a recording contact. Now, with the show facing falling ratings, a singer is claiming producers tried to exploit his transgender identity in an effort to bolster the show’s final season.
Ryan Cassata, a self described alternative rock artist, has taken to the internet to explain how he was denied entry to the show last season, but this year producers fought tooth and nail to bring the vocalist on because of his gender identity.
“LAST YEAR I was interested, and I tried out but you DIDN’T WANT ME,” Cassata wrote in a facebook post which has since gone viral. He argued, because of the recent success for celebrity trans people like Kaitlyn Jenner, the show simply wanted to show off a transgender contestant despite past feelings about talent or ability.
“This year, I see what American Idol is all about, another pre-casted show, that’s looking for “singers” to boost their ratings, and now they just need that TOKEN TRANS person for America to gossip about, to hype up the show,” he wrote.
Check out Cassata reading his letter to American Idol Producers below:
Cassata, who has amassed over 23,000 subscribers on youtube, has made a name for himself online and was unafraid to call out the show for what he believes is exploitive.
Does Cassata belong on American Idol? Check him out singing in front of the Equality House in Topeka, KS below: