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Clay Aiken on Mission to Afghanistan


Good for Clay Aiken. The former American Idol contestant is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He just spent five days in Afghanistan: "As a former teacher I recognize that spark of hope and excitement all children possess when given the opportunity to learn. Rebuilding schools, training teachers, providing essential supplies and teaching materials are just some of the advances UNICEF and its partners have made to keep that hope flourishing." It's nice to see that he's using his fame to do some good.

Of course, there may have been a few Jesus Christ Superstar musical workshops here and there.

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  1. Muahahahah! JC Superstar in Afghanistan. LMAO! You're too funny, Andy ;)

    Agreed, yay for Aiken finally really doing something with his "fame". Maybe he can get a makeover by that woman teaching beauty school while he's at it.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Apr 13, 2007 12:54:11 PM

  2. I really have nothing to say. However, his wrap is FABULOUS!

    Posted by: Otto | Apr 13, 2007 12:56:23 PM

  3. (said in jest). Mr. Aiken did a good thing. Granted, he was probably trying to sing at a Turkish wrestling match.

    Posted by: Otto | Apr 13, 2007 1:01:17 PM

  4. Is that wrap Chanel or Balenciaga?

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 13, 2007 1:25:20 PM

  5. Good for him. I would not want to go to Afghanistan.

    Posted by: Daniel | Apr 13, 2007 1:30:16 PM

  6. Jake... hehehehehehehehe... was about to say the same thing. That wrap drapes on him so nicely. Switch the drab brown to Hermes silk, and he's look like Nancy Pelosi. Except for that lame beard.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 13, 2007 1:37:43 PM

  7. Well, he'd slept with everyone on Manhunt in the US so now he's trying a different country...

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 13, 2007 1:40:08 PM

  8. Is it the picture or does he look like he's coloring his beard to make himself look butch? I hate to tell him, but Al Parker he is not.

    Glad to see him doing "good" work though. Better than adopting children from hither and yon like some other celebrities.

    Posted by: Kamasutra Jones | Apr 13, 2007 1:44:02 PM

  9. Man, for a second there I thought he was Obi-Wan Kenobi. That is some crazy Star Wars sh*t going on there.

    Posted by: C. | Apr 13, 2007 1:57:00 PM

  10. @ Brian: "Except for that lame beard." Heh! Beard. This picture just makes me laugh in a happy way. Ridiculous.

    Posted by: RSL | Apr 13, 2007 2:03:50 PM

  11. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi... You're my only hope!

    Posted by: mark m | Apr 13, 2007 2:17:48 PM

  12. How do you solve a problem like Clay Aiken?
    How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
    How do you find a word that means Clay Aiken?
    A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown!

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Apr 13, 2007 2:30:42 PM

  13. I didn't realize it's pashmina weather this time of year in Afghanistan.

    Posted by: Ridwah | Apr 13, 2007 2:36:14 PM

  14. WOW! New Jersey beat Tampa Bay.

    Posted by: Johnny | Apr 13, 2007 3:15:48 PM

  15. Does anyone notice a likeness to Jesus?

    Posted by: xoxo | Apr 13, 2007 3:29:37 PM

  16. He's trying a bit too hard to fit in. Is it necessary to point out that one could never hope to stage JC Superstar in Afganistan? Yes, that would be a Badwill tour.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 13, 2007 4:04:44 PM

  17. Oh lord! The gay rumors have taken a toll on his psyche. What will he do next? Go undercover in a Thai prostitute ring?

    XOXO, I've noticed that too.

    Posted by: Jack! | Apr 13, 2007 4:58:05 PM

  18. When I first saw the picture I laughed, I thought it was a video grab from saturday night live...with the wig and fake beard and all. When I read that it was real I laughed a little harder...Clay really does bring joy and laughter to the world.

    Posted by: Jason | Apr 13, 2007 5:06:06 PM

  19. Do your good work Clay, its a wonderful cause, and you put your life in danger for something you feel strong about, children and education.

    But, next time, lose that silly wrap, and just wear a burka, since that would make more of a fashion statement!

    Posted by: mark | Apr 13, 2007 6:52:16 PM

  20. Bizarrely, he looks much better...and more "normal"...with the beard. It balances out his features and he looks less like a Howdy Doody puppet.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Apr 13, 2007 7:34:59 PM

  21. Where is his Berka?

    Posted by: Blair | Apr 13, 2007 8:22:06 PM

  22. What do you mean finally doing something with his fame? You haven't been paying attention. This is his third mission since 2004. He's also a presidential committee member advising the president on people with disabilities plus he has the Bubel Aiken foundation that funds YMCA childrens camps among other things. This is a really good man whether you think he's gay or not, the bashing needs to stop. Its as bad as any other form of hate.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 13, 2007 9:51:31 PM

  23. Well said, Dave.

    Clay Aiken has put a great deal of time, money and effort into working with diabled and disadvantaged children. Most of this work is done without great fanfare or press coverage.

    Posted by: RJ | Apr 13, 2007 10:17:10 PM

  24. Why do gays spend so much time gay-bashing straight individuals like Clay? Is it heterosexism?

    By the way, in just two days, Clay's fans donated $70,000 to UNICEF for the children in Afghanistan. The goal is $100,000 in 10 days.

    Posted by: Michelle | Apr 13, 2007 11:05:50 PM

  25. Um ... someone should tell Gay Aiken that only women wear those things. Come out brother, we're all waiting breathlessly.

    Posted by: Darcey | Apr 14, 2007 1:42:27 AM

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