Larry Platt: Former Civil Rights General, Current American Idol Sensation

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Larry Platt - sorry, General Larry Platt - made quite an impression on American Idol viewers last night.

The 63-year old ended the Atlanta auditions' broadcast with a single titled "Pants on the Ground." It's quickly become an Internet and Twitter sensation.

But who the heck is this guy? And how did he end up on the show? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tracked Platt down and asked him a few questions over the phone. Apparently, he...

... "loved" his depiction on Idol. I thought it played "real good."

... thought of the song spontaneously three years ago when he saw a guy walking through downtown Atlanta with a baby in his arm and his pants slipping below his hips. “He had his underwear showing,” Platt said.

Larry Platt

... was shot in the eye when he was three.

... refers to himself as “General” because "I'm a general of the civil rights movement." Records show that he did march with Martin Luther King Jr. and Hosea Williams in the 1960s.

... condluded the interview by saing: “Be a man. Don’t be walking around showing yourself to the world! I don’t think that’s right!”

Amen, General. Amen.

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To me Mary J's laughter alone was the funniest thing to watch. She was just howling with laughter that cracked me up!

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got to love this guy......

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