Why on earth would a fervent fan of Clay Aiken be standing up for Penn Jillette after this last episode of Celebrity Apprentice?
OK, Clay Aiken fans. I know Penn's in the doghouse. I even understand why. Some folks are smarting because Penn created a song called "Clay Aiken by Penn Jillette." Some may still be mad about the whole Blue Man Group fiasco, which I personally agree was at least as much about promoting Penn at the expense of the team as it was about art.
Well, maybe it's because I am an amateur satirist. I make fun of TV shows. I get the mindset, and when I look at Penn's work, I don't think it's... that mean. Not really. Yes, he mentions Clay in his song, but what he really does is make fun of the fact that we've got a bunch of semi-famous people running around dancing to Trump's tune while there are real problems in the world. In that context, I am actually kind of proud. Clay... is the person who made a difference, the one he remembers. I think that it might actually be a very good career move for Clay if (AFTER THE FINALE!!!!!!!) Clay were to take Penn up on his offer and redo that song with Clay singing along on the verses Penn wrote for him. They might just have a novelty hit with that.
And in real life, Penn is a brilliant and hilarious human being. It takes a very smart and talented person to best him, and Clay managed to do that. Own it, Clay fans, and be proud of our boy. In the mean time, if you have the inclination, come read my personal encounter of the day my husband met Penn Jillette.