A few days ago, we ran one of our Cover-Song Showcase Showdown polls, this time pitting Joe Budden against Gelfling singer Clay Aiken. Realizing that Clay Aiken’s fervent fanbase might be interested in
goosing our traffic helping to spread democracy, we spent an hour trying to get the word on every Clay Aiken fanboard we could find. After countless info forms, spam-block procedures, and “What was your first pet’s name?” password procedures, we’re confident that it is easier to get a work visa in Kabul than to get posting privileges on ClayToGo.com. So imagine our disappointment when we checked our e-mail this morning:
On 18 Oct 2006 17:41:53 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your application to http://p071.ezboard.com/btheclayboard has been DENIED
Not just denied, mind you–but all-caps denied, and by a site that, judging by its commenters, will allow even the craziest of Crazy Cat Ladies full posting rights. Could our snub be for political reasons? Do sites like the Clay Board discriminate against those who lob the occasional Leno-level jab at their hero? We implore the Clay Board administrators to look into their hearts and ask themselves, Is this not America?