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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/ 9/2008

Comment Box: The Overblown Clay-gate Debate

By Liz Kelly

The more interesting question: Clay Aiken (top) and Toni Collette -- separated at birth? (Photos: Top/Getty Images, Bottom/AP)
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What are your thoughts on Clay Aiken and the brouhaha that broke out on in the comments section of Celebritology? Seriously, I dont get how people think he's not, uh, geigh? -- Submitted during last week's Celebritology Live discussion

I remained on the sidelines during last week's "is he or isn't he" rehash (if you missed it, the debate erupted in last Tuesday's Morning Mix). Because unless and until Aiken himself addresses his sexuality, well, it isn't really my job -- or anyone else's (I'm talking to you Rosie) to force Clay -- or anyone else -- into a reveal about his sexuality or anything else.

And what's wrong with keeping something to oneself? I'm more annoyed by the other end of the continuum -- celebrities (Tom Cruise) who insist on pushing their personal beliefs (Scientology) down our collective gullets.

The question of Aiken's sexuality, though, does seem to be a subject of unending interest to a persistent group of armchair investigators -- including one Celebritology "reader" who last year mailed me a DVD (along with a creepy 10-page handwritten letter) of taped performances which she claimed held undeniable proof that Aiken is indeed gay. And commenter EP, who wrote during last week's flap:

"Clay is so gay. Which if he would just admit it, no one would mind. It's the hiding his true nature that brings out the snark."

Really? Does the unanswered question of Clay Aiken's sexuality bother you more or less than knowing whether, say, Halle Berry has diabetes (she does) or that Tom Hanks prefers cats over dogs (as far as we know he may like both). Because, diabetes or not, Halle Berry is still universally salivated over and Tom Hanks -- pet lover or no -- remains a box office sure thing. These people are entertainers and, right or wrong, we judge them by their ability to entertain us -- not by who they roll over and look at each morning.

So, my thoughts on the brouhaha? All smoke (toxic smoke at that), no fire and 100 percent b-o-r-i-n-g. As for your second question -- does it matter? If you're an Aiken aficionado, will it make you like him less? Or, if like me, you're more of a Clay-hater, will it make you like him more? Probably not. So, let's return the one-time "Idol" competitor to his dusty corner of quasi-celebrity and move on to something more interesting. Like this week's best comments...

Comments of the Week
"Too much bickering on the Celebritology comments board makes Baby Jesus cry. Can't we all get along?" -- comments on last Tuesday's Clay-riffic Morning Mix

"I can't quit you, Celebritology." -- Byoolin, who may be interested in the New York City Opera's production of "Brokeback Mountain," due in 2013.


Bedeviled by questions of a Celebritological nature? Submit them to Thursday's upcoming edition of Celebritology Live.

By Liz Kelly  | June 9, 2008; 10:43 AM ET
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