Is ‘American Idol’ exploiting Claudia Conway? Are her parents?

On Friday, Claudia Conway praised the owner of a TikTok account who has shared videos she’s made that she said chronicles physical and emotional abuse by her famous mother, Kellyanne Conway.

The 16-year-old TikTok sensation said she’s never been “more grateful” to anyone than the woman who runs @justiceforclaudiaconway. The woman at @justiceforclaudiaconway also said last week that she’s preparing a lengthy document that’s “full of evidence and screenshots” that support Claudia’s allegations against her mother, a former senior advisor to President Trump, and other instances of Conway family strife.

Yet, even with such claims brewing in recent cultural conversations about Claudia, ABC went ahead with presenting a more united picture of her famous family Sunday night, during her audition for “American Idol.”

George Conway and Claudia Conway on American Idol, Feb. 14, 2021. (ABC/Christopher Willard) 

That picture included Claudia’s mom, Kellyanne Conway, appearing virtually on screen and coming across as a loving, doting mother. Trump’s controversial White House adviser told her daughter: “This is your time to shine.” Meanwhile, Claudia’s dad, anti-Trump attorney George Conway, stood in the wings and wiped away tears of pride as she sang her own versions of singles by Rihanna and Adele.

Claudia Conway’s audition was taped in the fall, before she went public with her abuse allegations, according to Variety. Still, as Variety columnist Daniel D’Addario wrote, it’s fair to feel conflicted about what ABC, or the Conway family, is doing by the way the teenager is being presented on “American Idol.”

“Claudia Conway faces challenges that evoke real and powerful sympathy, and not just because of her tender age,” D’Addario wrote. Even before Claudia started getting attention for her social media posts, Kellyanne and George Conway “had already shown the hazards of life in the so-called swamp, making gross public theater of the disputes within their marriage,” D’Addario continued.

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Now, the new season of “American Idol” appears eager to exploit some of the teen’s ability to spark conversation, D’Addario added. Claudia won the opportunity to advance to the next round with yes votes from Katy Perry and Lionel Ritchie. D’Addario furthermore raised questions over whether “a child at the center of a dispute that has bled into public view is being asked to launder the reputations of two adults who should know better.”

Kellyanne Conway, in particular, is said to face serious professional challenges in a post-Trump-presidency landscape. She was an ardent supporter of her ex-boss, with critics saying she was a master at spinning his “alternative facts,” as she liked to refer to some of his factually incorrect, baseless or discredited claims.

A regular joke on social media is that Kellyanne Conway’s next career move would be a reality TV show that focused on her marital squabbles. Now people are wondering if she found that gateway to reality TV through her daughter’s appearance on “American Idol.” While people praised Claudia Conway for her vocal talent and courage in performing on a national stage, they also found something disturbing about the whole setup and expressed concerns she’s being exploited, either …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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