Saturday, June 19, 2021

Mother of Ex ‘Idol’ Finalist Says Hood in Photo Wasn’t KKK. It Was a Movie Character. (Video)

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American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy

*The mother of an “American Idol” finalist who left the show Wednesday after a Snapchat video surfaced showing him next to someone in an apparent KKK hood claims we have it all wrong, and that her son “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”

Anita Guy, the mother of country hopeful Caleb Kennedy, told the Herald-Journal that the video was taken when Kennedy was 12, after watching the 2018 film “The Strangers: Prey at Night,” in which a character wears a hood over his head.

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“I hate this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online,” Guy said. “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.”

Kennedy performed covers of Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean on “Idol,” as well as a few of his own original songs.

The Snapchat in question, Kennedy’s tweet announcing his exit and more are seen in the video below:

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