Shalom Life | April 17, 2014

X Factor’s Paula Abdul Receives Death Threats

Drew's elimination led to angry tweeters threatening the lives of Paula and Nicole

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: December 5th, 2011 in Culture » TV » News

X Factor’s Paula Abdul Receives Death Threats

I’m not sure what is more upsetting about this story- that some immature teenagers with foul language posting some unnecessary comments on Twitter are considered “death threats” and are being taken seriously, or that we live in an age that individuals of any age can become so infatuated with a reality show that a contestants elimination will lead to this behaviour.

On last week’s elimination episode of “X-Factor”, 14-year-old Drew was asked to pack her bags. The singer broke down in tears and mentor, Simon Cowell, was enraged.

Cowell kept his calm, not allowing himself to speak with fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, but the audience was not as respectful… booing and screaming could be heard louder than an explosion. Drew’s fans at home took it one step farther… posting hateful and derogatory comments on Twitter.

One fan tweeted “@PaulaAbdul and @nicolescherzy you two deserve all the hate. You both made a selfish decision and should be ashamed of yourselves!!”

Another person wrote “@PaulaAbdul & @NicoleScherzy dumb wh**** voted off the wrong person because they’re hating @drewryniewicz has more talent than they ever will.”

Abdul and Scherzinger were shocked by the response… well, obviously. It’s a reality show!

Drew is extremely talented. In fact, her version of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” gave me a newfound respect for both the song and overproduced pop music, but it is a television competition. This story ends here.

Andrew Garfield Insists That Spiderman is Jewish Andrew Garfield Insists That Spiderman is Jewish TrendingWill Chelsea Handler Take Craig Ferguson's Late Late Night Hosting Gig? Will Chelsea Handler Take Craig Ferguson's Late Late Night Hosting Gig? TrendingREVIEW: 'The Sound of Music' on Stage in Toronto REVIEW: 'The Sound of Music' on Stage in Toronto Trending
 

Hitler Wine For Sale at Glasgow Auction

April 17, 2014 | By Shaleni McBain
Hitler Wine For Sale at Glasgow Auction

The rare bottle of 'Fuhrerwein' is expected to fetch nearly US $3,500, though experts say it's not safe for drinking

Read More

Tel Aviv Named 'Best Beach Party Spot on Planet'

April 17, 2014 | By Viva Sarah Press
Tel Aviv Named 'Best Beach Party Spot on Planet'

Israel's White City triumphs over Cape Town, Ibiza, Goa and even Phuket as the world's No. 1 sun-water-sand destination

Read More

Meet the Israelis Looking to Arrive on Mars

April 17, 2014 | By Margarita Erbach
Meet the Israelis Looking to Arrive on Mars

The Mars One Project hopes to colonize Mars, and has offered four crews the chance to win a one-way ticket to the red planet

Read More

Man Creates Spiderman's Webshooter [VIDEO]

April 17, 2014 | By Shaleni McBain
Man Creates Spiderman's Webshooter [VIDEO]

In anticipation of the release of the Amazing Spiderman 2, hardware hacker Patrick Priebe has developed a real-life webshooter using an electromagnetic launcher

Read More

Scientists Discover That Romanian Troops Massacred Jews in 1941

April 17, 2014 | By Shaleni McBain
Scientists Discover That Romanian Troops Massacred Jews in 1941

After investigating a grave discovered in 2010, the finding 'proves' that the Holocaust took place in Romania

Read More

Startup Club: Bitstrips

April 17, 2014 | By Zak Edwards
Startup Club: Bitstrips

We look at the popular comicstrips starring YOU and your friends that have taken over your Facebook feed

Read More

Missouri Mayor 'Agrees' with Kansas Shooter

April 16, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Missouri Mayor 'Agrees' with Kansas Shooter

Dan Clavenger, the mayor of Marionville, Mo., said Frazier Glenn Miller, who killed three people at Jewish centers Sunday, was "nice and friendly"

Read More

‘The View’ Co-Hosts Past and Present to Reunite For Barbara Walters Farewell

April 16, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
‘The View’ Co-Hosts Past and Present to Reunite For Barbara Walters Farewell

All 11 co-hosts of 'The View' will appear on stage together for the first time

Read More

More Headlines