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American Idol ‘Made’ Ian Bernardo Play Up His Gayness, For Which He Wants $300 Million

American Idol hopeful Ian Benardo didn’t make it past the auditions in 2006, but at May’s season finale, where he stormed the stage during Dane Cook’s live performance, he finally got a chance to be up there in the winner’s circle, flaming and all. Except Bernardo says it was all Idol producers’ idea — and now he’s suing them for exploiting his sexuality.

He wants $300 million. Ahem.

Calling it “a Kanye West moment”, Benardo began to hurl abuse at exiting American Idol judge Simon Cowell, insisting he was going to replace the music mogul on the program because, “I’m more entertaining than you.” But in new legal papers filed with the New York State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday, Benardo claims he was put up to the stunt by Idol executives who invited him back for this year’s final and asked him to be “outrageous” and “gay”.

The documents state that producers had previously “exploited… my sexual orientation” when he auditioned for the contest, by ordering him to “gay it up”.

Benardo insists he was given similar orders when he returned in May. He goes on to accuse Cook of threatening him after the incident, claiming Idol bosses warned him he was “not safe” and advised him to leave the Nokia Theatre immediately.

Bernado’s shining moment from the finale — where, I’m assuming, the real emotional damage was delivered — comes at the end.

By:          JD
On:           Jul 27, 2010
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      Please Miss Thing, AI gave you about 14 minutes and 59 seconds more “fame” than you ever deserved…………..

      And I don’t think asking you to “Gay it up” is quite asking a lot of you………… :-p

      Jul 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DR

      he pulled the same nonsense on SYTYCD the season before and got the same reaction. total attention whore.

      Jul 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TommyOC

      Who’s paying your bills while you’re not working, sweetie? I could do a lot more interesting things than gaying it up for AI if I didn’t have to work for a living.

      Jul 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      So he went up, and voluntarily did what they asked him to do…and now he’s suing because they asked him to do it?

      Person A: Here is a coupon for a free coffee

      Person B: Thank you, I’m going to go get some coffee now.

      Person B 6 months later: I’m suing you because I drank coffee.

      Jul 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.

      @Cam: B: And no-one told me there was caffeine in there.

      Jul 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree

      As a performer, you can be asked to “gay it up” or “gay it down”. Or “spice it up” or “tone it down”

      At a QueerComedy Fest I was asked to up-gay my set in terms of material. I did more stuff about the boyfriend and less about speech therapy. The set went very well.

      At another venue, I was asked to do more “family friendly” material and I was horrified & insulted until I realized it was an *”all ages” *show. So you betcha, I revived a piece on “what your stuffed animals do behind your back” and dropped the bit about “why people in fifthgrade shouldn’t smoke.”
      I got asked back — that’s a good sign.

      It’s business. To get paid, to get invited back, you have to respect reasonable requhests. I’m sure singers and dancers and actors get different kinds of requests, but it boils down to fulfilling your part in the show.

      Jul 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Endless Men

      Dodo bird? LOL

      Jul 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gridlock

      dead yet

      Jul 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ethan


      Jul 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pip

      If American Idol producers actually told this kid to ‘gay it up’ and essentially perform for the show, he deserves some kind of pay check. These crappy contest shows rely on crazy behavior to get ratings.

      Jul 28, 2010 at 6:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • arnau

      @Endless Men: the moment about the dodo bird was truly brilliant.
      and the “new jersey with celebrities” too! ^_^

      Jul 28, 2010 at 10:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • IAmAGeniusYoureAllMorons

      This man is God.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nikko

      He’s disgusting and an embarrassment to gays.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • IAmAGeniusYoureAllMorons

      Forget about Dan Choi. We need this Bernardo!

      Jul 30, 2010 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MarcJacobsisawhore

      Give him the money. He deserves it.

      Jul 31, 2010 at 9:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shlong

      These type of delusional narcissists like Ian Benardo come about because the communities that they grow up in refuse to criticize people like him because they are afraid to hurt feelings or offend someone by reality of facts.

      Someone should tell this attention whoring queen to go back to sucking old men for cash on craiglist because he has zero no skills or artistic talents to make a normal living.

      Aug 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • P

      I have seen this guy out in gay bars in midtown Manhattan and I personally will testify that he was just as flamboyantly homosexual and equally annoying every time I saw him. He especially made a point to go out after SYTYCD and then REALLY tried to make the rounds after American Idol (the first time). It was so awkward, b/c at every one of the bar(s) (yes plural, I saw him over the course of several weeks) he clearly was trying to get people to notice him and fawn over him and get free drinks. He is awful and represents everything that is wrong w/not only America’s newfound obsession w/instant fame but also everything that is wrong w/gay men.

      Sep 5, 2010 at 4:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RealityShowsSuckWorstThanACrackHo

      While it’s true, he’s the ultimate in self-entitlement, Ian is still funnier than Dane Cook.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rich

      You seem VERY obsessed with Mr. Benardo…..Did he ignore you? I actually have met Ian and can tell you he doesn’t drink. So you are a total liar.

      Feb 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yeah

      He is straight acting in real life and has rich parents. Pushed the gay community back 20 years. I hope he rots in hell.

      Jul 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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