While drama and scandal unfolded behind the scenes at America’s Got Talent this week — with ousted former judge Gabrielle Union formally filing a discrimination complaint against NBC, Fremantle, and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, and current host Terry Crews coming under fire for his “black supremacy” tweet — the show continued apace Tuesday, attempting to bring viewers some distracting feel-good content. Unfortunately, this evening it was judge Heidi Klum’s turn to generate controversy, when she rudely hit her red X button during plus-sized contestant Amanda LaCount’s audition.
Nineteen-year-old dancer, model, choreographer, singer, actress, and activist Amanda has a big online fanbase — 260,000 followers alone on Instagram, where she frequently posts clips of her dazzling, frenetically paced hip-hop routines. She has performed in Katy Perry and Walk the Moon music videos, on Dancing With the Stars and The Voice, in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show at New York Fashion Week, at Coachella with Lizzo, and even in her own national dance tour “Amanda LaCount Live,” and she has also spearheaded a campaign, #breakingthestereotype, to inspire people of all shapes and sizes to pursue dance. So when size 2 supermodel Heidi buzzed Amanda before she’d even finished her performance to Todrick Hall’s “Nails Hair Hips Heels,” fans on Twitter were not happy.McKenzie Haskell@MGHaskell
Former supermodel @heidiklum gives #amandalacount the first buzzer of her audition? Big surprise. My son and daughter are disgusted. You be you, #amandalacount! #heidiklum #agt #saynotoALLdiscrimination#beyoutiful22Twitter Ads info and privacy17 people are talking about thisTeddie@TeddieConfetti
the fatphobia is REAL with people talking about amanda lacount!!! she can DANCE!!! i’m a big girl and if i did that i would look like an absolute idiot lmao #agt15Twitter Ads info and privacySee Teddie’s other TweetsKathy@OnTopOfAHill18
@heidiklum @AGT I don’t tweet much but Heidi, you know how to paint the mold very well to girls that they have to be skinny to be worthy. It was all over your face. #pleaseleavetheshow30Twitter Ads info and privacySee Kathy’s other Tweets
I didn’t have a problem with her no vote. But she could have refrained from buzzing her. Low class and trash.
— Lori 🤦 #TeamJoe (@coalsmom) June 10, 2020
@heidiklum is a rotten bitch for The Dancing girl. She could’ve just said “No” after she finished. Heidi, You’re Trash! #AGT15 · Florida, USATwitter Ads info and privacySee Linda’sTweeties’s other TweetsLeah@Makeawish3
Shame on you @heidiklum You buzzed/voted no for a young girl who has been fat shamed and danced her heart out because u said “she can’t win” but laughed & hooted over 2 idiots who weren’t magicians and were marginally funny and put them through. @AGT #AGT #BadExample27Twitter Ads info and privacySee Leah’s other TweetsThis_Dan_@ThisDan1 · Replying to @sunstaruniverse @heidiklum
It’s true, nothing against the girl but a lot of times some acts have gone thru mainly for the sob story behind them n it’s not really fair to the other participants that really deserve it because of their talentBogart@bogart1173
You probably don’t know what it’s like to be overweight and be made fun of. Yes they may have given the sympathy vote but it’s made her feel good for a while. That’s probably as far she made it but I’m sure it made her feel good.6Twitter Ads info and privacySee Bogart’s other Tweetssugar magnolia @bandgassm · Replying to @bandgassm
You let the tshirt guy go through and you x the insecure dancer fusugar magnolia @bandgassm
Another judge, Howie Mandel, also caught some Twitter flak for initially voting no for Amanda (he praised the dancer’s vivacious spirit, but argued that he couldn’t see her winning AGT). However, in the end, the roaring audience convinced Howie (but not Heidi) to change his vote — and so, Amanda scraped through with three yeses. (Simon, who was blasted for his rude treatment of plus-sized contestants back in his American Idol heyday, raved that he “loved every minute” of Amanda’s audition.) Amanda explained to the judges that she’s been told all her life that she can’t be a professional dancer due her weight, so something tells me this setback will only fire her up, to prove Heidi and Howie wrong next time.
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