There seems to be some very nasty people on the Internet who are trying to drum up a fan war between the fans of Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert. pfffffffftttt - been there, done that, got the t-shirt. One of the odd (and sometimes scary) byproducts of American Idol is fan devotion. I've never really seen anything like it. The fans tend to be, shall we say, a little emotional when it comes to their favorite.
The latest brouhaha surrounds a gossip item on MSNBC. This item was posted by someone who has a less than stellar reputation (rightfully earned) and has now grown beyond a more than likely untrue story to a conspiracy brewing - pitting one fan base against another.
I understand that sometimes it's very difficult to look at things logically when emotions are running high, but let's try anyway.
There is information on the Internet stating that the "Claymates" planted a story about Adam Lambert to make him look bad. This was supposedly confirmed by Television Without Pity (TWOP). Let's take it one step at a time.
Could this story have been planted by a fan Clay Aiken? Absolutely - it could have also been planted by a fan of Kelly Clarkson or a fan of Kris Allen or a fan of Chris Daughtry or even a fan of Gene Simmons. Is there a Claymate conspiracy to take Adam Lambert down? I can tell you unequivocally the answer is no. There is no conspiracy, there is no organized effort on the part of Clay Aiken's fans to harm Adam Lambert's reputation in any way shape or form.
Look at it this way, when Clay made his "colorful" comment about Ring of Fire, there were several Lambert fans who were posting in the comment section of numerous articles threatening to put a bullet through Clay's brain. Does this mean that there's a conspiracy by the Adam Lambert fans to do bodily harm to Clay Aiken? Absolutely not. It means that there's some wackos in this world.
According to the people spreading this load of sh...., um story, the individual has been traced by TWOP and they have confirmed that it came from their board and the person is a "Claymate". Really? Exactly how can TWOP track exactly what an individual is doing once they have left their site? Well they can't. Once an individual poster has left their site they can't "see" what they're doing - they can't see if they are commenting on something, they can't see if they're sending an e-mail, they can't see if they're talking on the phone, they can't see if they're sending someone a PM, they can't see where they are on the Internet. What they COULD see is where the person went once they left their site and ONLY if they left via a link that had been posted on the board (like a link to MSNBC) and then ONLY if they have tracking software.
Actually, if I were the owner of TWOP I would be none to happy to be brought into this. Not only are they being accused of spying on the people who post on their board, but they're also being accused of providing their poster's private Internet browsing history to third parties. And if any of this is true, I would be gone from TWOP in a heartbeat.