Radar took the plunge into the dark, wailing world of Clay Aiken messageboarders today to procure a soil sample of the newly openly gay singer's bedrock fan base. They found reactions running the full gamut of the Kubler-Ross cycle, from bitter denial ("Believe if you want, I just know that nothing is true unless it is printed in the fan club") to glorious acceptance ("Clay is still the same talented singer I saw on AI2 five years ago. Nothing for me has changed. The baby is adorable.") Heartened by Radar's bravery, we dove in ourselves and found a few other choice voices of ClayNation to share with you, and we managed to rustle up the first page of the People interview: from Holmes24 (most likely Anna from Jezebel):
please tell me I'm not the only one who is shocked beyond belief! I feel numb I'm so upset. This can't be real!! How can you guys say this won't change anything? This changes EVERYTHING. I don't even know what to think right now.
from Diane:
Brian the Bible says "effed up" things? that's your opinion. I happen to follow it, so... I know it isn't cool to have morals or any sort of religion, but I don't care what anyone else thinks. Clay's autobiography and Rolling Stone interview lied to us, guess everyone will just look past that though. Whatever, this is an "anything goes" society so I guess you all will support anything and everything.
from maggiethemagpie:
if people really are upset about it because of faith issues, then just pray for him. And remember to show some mercy and grace. Even when Jesus was being crucified, he said "Father FORGIVE THEM for they know not what they do" so if he can forgive the ones who were crucifying him, then I think you can forgive and show some mercy towards Clay for not being totally honest.
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