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Idol Stripper David Hernandez to be Rent Boy?


TMZ ran into American Idol contestant David Hernandez upon his arrival in New York and asked him if rumors were true that he was auditioning for Rent.

Said Hernandez: "Actually, I'm auditioning for a musical called Lease."

Rent ends its Broadway run on June 1, but a traveling production with original stars Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal is scheduled to tour the nation soon thereafter.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

"Idol's" David Hernandez Wants to Be "Rent" Boy [tmz]

Simon Cowell Liked the Way David Hernandez 'Stripped it Down' [tr]
David Hernandez: Idol with A Stripper Past [tr]

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  1. Andy,

    It's really disappointing when you categorize Hernandez as a stripper, ignoring the fact that stripping was a job that he did to pay rent. The man is a vocal artist.

    I get that sex sells, but it seems dismissive of Hernandez's real vocation. Lot's of people have jobs but those jobs are done to pay the bills and aren't what should define them forever.

    If a 30-year-old film director once flipped burgers, should he always be referred to as such?

    By referencing Hernandez as a stripper, aren't you stigmatizing him? It just seems like a continuation of the puritanical streak that runs through our society where anyone who has a sex-related job in his/her past is expected to wear a scarlet letter for the rest of his/her life.

    Hernandez is a singer first. Show some respect for the man and stop engaging in the tawdry acts. Seriously, this is the same kind of shit that happens when the mainstream media slaps "gay" or "homosexual" or "black" in front of some artist, ghettoizing the artist, and taking away from the artist's abilities and work. When is the last time someone referred to Clint Eastwood or Spielberg as white heterosexual directors?

    Posted by: noah | Mar 24, 2008 11:14:46 AM

  2. "Are you a pilgrim?" Classic.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 24, 2008 11:25:27 AM

  3. "Are you a pilgrim?" I think we just found a new embarrassing moment for David.

    Noah, relax. David was comfortable with his past occupation when he talked to Ellen and he's most famous for being the "Idol Stripper" at this point.

    Posted by: queendru | Mar 24, 2008 12:34:04 PM

  4. Love the new banner Andy. I was so waiting to hear what Hernandez would do next. Glad it's a actual show and not porn or anything, the dude is pretty hot when he doesn't have the Idol stylists dressing him

    Posted by: daveynyc | Mar 24, 2008 1:06:44 PM

  5. What a complete idiot. "Are you a pilgrim???????"
    I am now glad he lost.

    Posted by: Jake | Mar 24, 2008 1:36:55 PM

  6. Whe I saw him on Idol I thought Broadway singer...That's a compliment for all you stereoyping haters.

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 24, 2008 1:49:14 PM

  7. Dudes getting all in a tizzy over "Are you a pilgrim???????"

    Hasidim are not that common. It is a wide ass world out there. You can not expect everyone to know what one small minority within a minority is.

    The guy didn't have side curls from what I could see thus one could even have assumed Amish or Meninite.


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 24, 2008 3:10:37 PM

  8. Noah, your commentary just screams East Coast liberal arts college grad. Swarthmore? Simmer down....

    Posted by: jmg | Mar 24, 2008 7:05:13 PM

  9. this boy has a hot body and a great voice. he's got a clever mind, too. book larnin? maybe not, but i would teach him....

    Posted by: nic | Mar 25, 2008 10:26:15 PM

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