'American Idol's' David Archuleta goes to a gay club, takes great pains to explain why
But had Archie -- he of the wholesome, squeaky-clean image and cross-generational pop audience -- just said "I was there to hear my friend perform" and left it at that, there's a fair chance we wouldn't be writing about it now.
Instead, though, Archuleta took his explanation for why he was at New York's Club 57 on Saturday (April 17) to Seinfeldian, not-that-there's-anything-wrong-with-that heights, then had to clarify via his Twitter feed (as noted by Celebuzz) that no, really, he loves all people regardless of sexual orientation.
The facts are these: Archuleta was at Club 57 to watch his friend, singer Charice Pempengco, perform (her song "Pyramid" is in the top 10 on the dance charts). That's it. For whatever reason, though, Archuleta felt the need to say all this via Twitter:
Tweet 1: "Hey guys just wanted to clear something up real quick lol. Last night in New York I got invited to go and see my friend Charice perform."
Tweet 2: "Mental note to self: always ask where before you go! Wasn't my kind of place lol, and I had no clue! I guess you live and learn. The..."
Tweet 3: "upside was that Charice was awesome, and she has an incredible voice. Hope that clears things up! Been seeing some of the tweets.. sheesh!"
Tweet 4: "Can get crazy quick. NO worries all, I wouldn't get into things like that intentionally haha. Hope you guys have a good Sunday!"
His comments, unsurprisingly, led to a bit of a backlash, which then prompted him to tweet the following response: "I have friends who are gay, and they're great people. Whether they're gay or not doesn't change how I think of them. I have nothing against anyone, I'm sorry if that's how it came across. I'm just not into the partying scene lol."
Then there's Charice, who reiterated via her own tweets that Archuleta was just there to support her: "I am really thankful to have a great friend like David..thank you @DavidArchie for the support," she said first. That was followed by "One more thing, i just got invited there because Pyramid is no.7 on Billboard dance remix and i really had to go there to promote it."
OK then. That's all cleared up. But somehow we wonder if "I was there to see my friend Charice perform. She was awesome, buy her record!" wouldn't have saved us all some time.
Watch Charice's performance of her single "Pyramid" at Club 57:
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