American Idol contest Caleb Kennedy drops out after video with “KKK hood” surfaces

He's being portrayed as 16-year-old racist and KKK supporter, but there's more to the story says his mother.


It was the end of the road for American Idol contestant Caleb Kennedy after this video of him with a person wearing a KKK hood surfaced this week. Kennedy had made it to the show’s final 7 contestants before the video surfaced. Kennedy who is 16 broke the news to his fans.

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” he wrote in a statement. “I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry!”

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Caleb’s mom said the picture was not a KKK hood, but the two children were roleplaying after watching the film “The Strangers: They Prey at Night”.

“This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races,” mom Anita Guy told MSN.

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