No, American Idol‘s second most-famous gay hasn’t been banished to the back alleys of the industry! When NBC’s 30 Rock is looking for obvious pop culture punchlines, who else would they turn to?
Aiken represented the gays among Sheryl Crow (who gets paid in federal bank bailout money), Mary J. Blige, Moby, Elvis Costello, Mike D,
Adam Levine, Adam Horovitz, Sara Bareilles, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli, Rachael Yamagata, and Cyndi Lauper, who all took part in a faux Live Aid-ish charity concert. (More on that here.)
They even let him sing a few lines!
First clip is at 11:28; the “concert” is at 17:40. (Yes, we know embedding the whole episode is annoying, but NBC yanks down all the clips from YouTube.)