John Rich Blasts Clay Aiken RNC Tweet as "Racist"

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John Rich and Clay Aiken missed each other on Celebrity Apprentice, with the country singer taking the title one season and the former American Idol finalist finishing second a year later.

And that's too bad because we can only imagine what fireworks may have exploded if these artists had actually done battle on national television.

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While watching last night's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Aiken Tweeted: "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention #soberasamormon."

The slam didn't sit well with Rich, who quickly responded by calling out the singer on Twitter: "You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT!WOW... Clay, you're better than that...I hope."

Rich then referred to Aiken's charity - the National Inclusion Project, which helps kids with disabilities enjoy the same recreational opportunities as everyone else - and added:

"@clayaiken hashtags soberasamormon? I thought your charity was for inclusion, not EXCLUSION. What happened?... I've just had enough of this racist nonsense. It's sick. PLS STOP."

Aiken's reply took Rich and the Republicans to task: "My charity is. Why isn't your party? ;-) @johnrich."

As far as Twitter feuds go, this one actually comes across as somewhat respectable at least. No curse words, mostly decent grammar, even a smiley face emoticon.

Still, both men do raise real issues. Watch Ann Romney's RNC speech from last night now and decide: Which side are you on?


Sounds like he meant not too many nationalities represented at the Republican Convention. But still it's totally wrong to say something like that. Sounds like still mad he lost the Apprentice game. : )


Clay is probably the least racist person we could ever find. He is also one of the most snarky people you will ever find. I thought his comment was amusing and certainly not at all racist. Get real, people, don't look for things where they cannot be found.


@Cotton-Agreed! Many black people were in attendance........However,MANY channels CHOSE to intentionally not air that footage.Another grand example of liberal propaganda at it's best!


It is shocking to me how quickly people jump to wrong conclusions. Clay's tweet tells me that he is criticizing the TV coverage for not including blacks in their reporting. He is anything BUT racist. Clay is the godfather to his African American friend's son and most of his best friends are black including Arsenio Hall.


Apparently you were watching a channel with very limited coverage of the convention. There were many blacks speaking on the podium, men and women. There are huge amounts of many nationalities in the RNC...what purpos does it serve to try to porray the conservative movement as racist if not to perpetuate the myth of obama's socialist party? Shame on Clay for his tweet and to the media for doing such a poor job of reporting rather than opinionating. It was definitely a racist statement.


Webster I totally agree! It wasn't racist as much as a thoughtless remark. Maybe people should use your namesake and look up the word!


Nothing racist about what he said, people tend to throw the word racist out a bit too easily.


Heather- How can you possibly say that he is "implying" anything in a 140 character or less tweet? He doesn't mention Obama, he doesn't say ALL black people support Obama, and he doesn't say black people should support Obama because they are all black. This is ignorance at it's best. He made a JOKE about the minimal presence of African American's at the Republican Convention. It's funny because it's true. And Clay sure as hell isn't the first person to make a comment about it. You can't assume what people are "implying" when they make no mention of the subjects you are accusing them of implying.


It's a true statement. They basically showed the SAME black guy over and over again. And it's obvious that the tweet was humorous and not malicious. Maybe Rich is just getting defensive because it's TRUE.


Nah, not racist just true. The Republican party, as it stands today, is the party of old white men, with some token women & other minorities thrown in. There was nothing in Aiken's tweet even alluding to Obama - he simply stated the obvious (and what many other news shows have commented on and late night television hosts).

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