Last night on American Idol, the nation's most watched show on television, a contestant was brought on stage and apologized to by Simon Cowell. During his audition, the contestant was likened to an animal called a 'bush baby' (a nickname for a Tarsier Monkey). It was later found out that he was extremely offended by the comparison. In what turned out to be somewhat of a PR nightmare for Cowell, and a media circus about his typical treatment of contestants, American Idol had to do some damage control so they brought the contestant back and donated $1500 toward the care of a bush baby at the Milwaukee County Zoo in his honor. Why the heck am I writing about this?
During the segment, American Idol showed a very cute photo of a bush baby on the large screen. The funny thing is, that photo was taken by me, on the island of Bohol, Philippines. Of course, they asked my permission to use it beforehand, but I was very curious about why they wanted to use that particular photo at the time. We had a laugh in the office when we watched the show and realized why they used it.