The article shows Taylor Hicks in a very positive light. Score on that one!
Now the question is: What will the “Soul Patrol” think about the text quoted below?
“The Soul Patrol, mostly fawning middle-aged women, were and are harder to ignore. When the season ended, they focused on helping him achieve commercial success, following the “Idol” tour and buying hundreds of copies of his “Idol” single to ensure its gold status. They followed his career obsessively and weighed in on every aspect of his life. Unfavorable reviews earned critics a barrage of angry e-mail messages. They debated everything from if, when and whom he should date to how he should style his hair to whether it was acceptable for the “Idol” to swear.
In the meantime Mr. Hicks set out to establish himself as a serious artist, making impromptu appearances with performers like Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson. But news that he would appear with the rapper Snoop Dogg caused an uproar. “I sincerely hope Taylor doesn’t lower himself to the level of that womanizing, drug-using thug,” one fan posted on GrayCharles.com, the official Taylor Hicks blog. “It almost, just almost, makes me want to retract the 2,000 text votes that came in my Cingular bill today.””
Are the folks at the NYT in for “a barrage of angry e-mail messages”?
I would hope not.
Short but sweet.