Skylar Laine Claims No Knowledge of Her Ex-Boyfriend’s Hate Crimes (VIDEO)

American Idol Season 11 alum, Skylar Laine, comments briefly on camera to WJTV 12 reporter on her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Joseph Dominick, who plead guilty to a hate crime in Jackson, Mississippi on Thursday in connection to the hate crime murder of James Craig Anderson.

When the reporter asks Skylar about her relationship with Dominick she says, “I dated Joseph for awhile. We did date and…but I’m sorry for what has happened with him and his family, but I had nothing to do in the subject…I just pray for everyone involved.” Skylar walked away from the reporter as he attempted to ask her if she knew anything about her ex-boyfriend’s hate crimes.

I can’t believe TMZ hasn’t jumped at this particularly nasty American Idol gossip. Because, this story is really the worst. The absolute worst.

Via WJTV 12

ETA: This is a statement from Skylar from the Clarion Ledger. Skylar dated Dominick for 3 years:

Late in the competition, Skylar broke up with Dominick, and by the time she came home for a few days after being eliminated May 3, she was dating someone else.

“I knew nothing about Joseph committing hate crimes,” Laine told The Clarion-Ledger. “I have never committed a hate crime, and I would encourage anyone with knowledge of a hate crime to come forward.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “We did date and…but I’m sorry for what has happened with him and his family, but I had nothing to do in the subject…I just pray for everyone involved.” Skylar walked away from the reporter as he attempted to ask her if she knew anything about her ex-boyfriend’s hate crimes.”

    She’s sorry that he had to plead guilty to hate crimes? Does the “pray for everyone involved” also include the victims of Dominick’s racist attacks? Pretty wimpy statement and hardly a condemnation of her ex. I’m not impressed by this statement.

    “Because, this story is really the worst. The absolute worst.”

    I agree. It’s as bad as it gets.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Idol spills to TMZ all the time, right? Maybe this time they’ve asked them not to crucify this girl. It would make me feel better if they were trying to protect Skylar. No matter what she knew or didn’t know, this has to be hard for her.

  • Anny_nanny

    I do not know. Skailer impression as good purposeful girl. I wish her all the best.

    My condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

  • BonnieDee

    This story is a good example to teens of the fact that who you hang out with DOES matter, even if you are not participating in the same type of conduct that they are.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m sorry, but if she did have knowledge of her ex’s hate crimes or even his racist attitudes, then I don’t think that she deserves protection.

  • Anny_nanny

    I wanted to write this, but I’m a realist – the youth learns only from their own mistakes.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Obviously, Skylar was told what to say but I think she forgot it.  This is not the type of publicity any Idol contestant would want.  She needs to polish up a better response.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    I agree with that actually. We just don’t know that although I think she had to have known something. All I meant, was that it was nice to see American Idol actually trying to protect one of their own rather than throwing them to the wolves.

    We have to remember too, that Skylar is an 18 year old and not exactly well versed in life outside of the community she grew up in. It has seemed to me, since she stepped on the Idol stage that she was definitely a product of the place she grew up in. Hopefully, Idol in exposing her to other people, was the start of introducing her to other people and thoughts. I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Who knows? Maybe it was Idol and her friendship with Joshua that led to her breaking up with this man.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R37UM43PITK7QU5SHTDWSU7SNA emme

    I agree that she knew he was  a loser. I’m not surprised that TMZ has not picked this story up….she is not famous or interesting.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “We have to remember too, that Skylar is an 18 year old and not exactly well versed in life outside of the community she grew up in. It has seemed to me, since she stepped on the Idol stage that she was definitely a product of the place she grew up in.”

    I think that this kind of insular existence may have been valid years ago, but now that the internet has made the world a very small place, I’m not sure that I buy this as an excuse. IOW, access to global information and news is ubiquitous, even in small towns, so an insular existence is one that is more chosen rather than a valid excuse. 

  • WestiesRule

    I certainly would not want to be held responsible for something some ex boyfriend said/did. At 18 (or younger) I would not have been aware of someone’s beliefs. We don’t always have those conversations. Even if she did have an inkling: she didn’t say or do this things so why is she culpable? Why would she think (even if she had knew of his feelings on some level) he was capable of this? You really want to crucify this girl for this? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    18 years old is old enough to know the difference between right and wrong – and that hate crimes, prejudice, beating up people for the hell of it because they’re black is sick and wrong.  There was murder at the end of the actions and inactions of these people – can’t rationalize it away, or give any of them a pass. It’s those kind of actions that fosters sick mindsets that breed hate and bigotry and beatings and murders rooted in irrational intolerance. This is not a pretty story, I refuse to rationalize or make excuses for any of the participants or those who knew what was going on with these people, and did nothing to stop it before someone died. Shame on TMZ, Idol and anyone else in the media not digging deeper to find out the whole truth, ask the uncomfortable questions to hold everyone responsible for this injustice accountable.

    off soapbox, rant over – this story has struck a very sore nerve…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Someone DIED as a result of a whole lot of beliefs not known about (of which I don’t believe), and some people’s twisted idea of what constitutes ‘fun’… nope, not inclined right now to benefit of the doubt anyone in the circle of the monsters that killed someone for sport… 

  • guinness 416

    By the point your notional boyfriends have so much hate and cockiness they choose to celebrate their birthdays out harming people with friends rather than secretly posting hateful comments on the net or something I submit you would be aware of it, whatever your age.  I dated some real pieces of work when I was a kid and am pretty sure I heard most of their grosser opinions – loudmouth teens amped up on testosterone and cheap beer wanted everyone to listen to them even before facebook and twitter – but none of them were anywhere close to this level of horrible.  I’m just a nobody up in Canada whose opinion doesn’t matter but I don’t believe her.

    Anyway, I don’t think anyone wants to crucify this girl, I don’t and certainly haven’t seen any of that here.  Hopefully she has someone supporting her and advising her and can move on from it (and is very aware how unacceptable those views are and has higher quality people in her life now).  I do think a lot of people find this depressing and really shocking and almost unbelievable stuff to be reading about in 2013.  This isn’t “a parent declared bankruptcy” or a silly Idol scandal like that, it would obviously be news even without the minor celeb connection.

  • fantoo1

    Once the show is over, idol has nothing to do with Skylar anymore so they really don’t control if she is “leaked” to TMZ anymore.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    This story is getting stupid as it can get.  We all get involved with stupid people and it’s not like we try instantly to report all the world about their stupidness. We try to change them first (I can imagine even the most hysterical extremist liberal girl trying first to change him before break up). And at the end of the day, for some reason, Skylar broke up. As long as no one has a prove she was directly involved in the hate crimes, this whole discussion, IMO, it’s like searching for gold on a silver mine.

  • chessguy99

    Seems some here are condemning Skylar for not being as knowledgable and all-knowing as they seem to think they are.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Wait, Ms. Laine expressed sympathy for the perp’s family but not for the victim’s family?

    What we’ve seen so far is loyalty to the hometown friends, but no sense of horror at the crime. Great pal, but not a person I’d look to for a righteous stand on social justice. It also tells me something about her social circle, that no adult is leaning on her to make more sensitive statements.

    Perhaps she’ll have learned better (on many levels) by the time she inevitably auditions for The Voice circa 2014.

  • potatorocks

    I can imagine different scenarios—1)he was the best guy in the group of friends–the one who went along to be in the group but didn’t believe in what was going on. 2) He had a side that was lovable and she thought  that  outweighed his ugly side.3) He broke up with her (when he was charged and she made it on to Idol) to save her from the media but she wanted to stand by him and was devastated.
    All of these guesses are undoubtedly wrong.  I think she should tell her story–whether it is ugly or not–because the speculation is so very damaging at this point.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     imo it’s warranted -  we condemn alum and other idols round here with  more passion and vitriol for far less offenses, none to my knowledge whose offenses have resulted in someone losing their life. for comparison’s sake, if this was joshua – or another person of color who appeared on idol who was palling around with or dating gangbangers for a good while, and said gangbanger (s) robbed or committed a crime that killed someone that Idol would be pilloried from one end of this blog and in the media for days… there’s an ugly double standard still at play here that wants to make excuses and rationalizations for the crimes of some, but not others – some get a pass for misdeeds, some don’t… Skylar and all those in that ‘circle’ need a lot of scrutiny right about now, IMO.

  • elliegrll

    I think that the condemnation is that she didn’t have a problem dating a racist.  And not just any racist, but a racist whose idea of fun is hurting other people for no reason.

    And secondly, it’s judgement of this really weak response.  Skylar isn’t skilled at giving interviews, but her statement doesn’t make her look good at all.  Even someone who didn’t give a damn, when on a mic or camera  would make a point of showing some compassion for the victim.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    That is not the only statement she has made.

  • Xentusk

    Yeeessh…. “Reality TV” meets  Reality….. :P

    She looked like all the blood rushed out of her face and she reverted to as neutral a statement as they could provide for her to say…..

    I really don’t expect any kind of morality type statement from a reality show contestant….if she were a politician or a priest or a teacher, then there would be more onus on her to clarify their relationship, and possible need for a statement of condemnation.

    As she is basically a very minor celebrity with a small circle of influence, I can understand her needing to make a statement that states and acknowledges the known facts while avoiding any statement of  opinion that might cause more questions to be asked.

    If she were somehow involved, or proven to share his racism…well then that’s another matter….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Hmm. Like many of you, I don’t buy her statement.

    I read that she dated him for 3 years, so she HAD to have known something about his personality and beliefs. There’s no way that she didn’t, especially coming from a small town…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    She said more than that in another interview.

  • nncw

    I think she was protecting herself in this interview as she could be in trouble if she was aware of or participated in the crimes that were about to be committed. I hope that being on American Idol and “being friends with Holly and Joshua” has opened up her world from the company that she was keeping previous to AI.  It is at this stage in her life (young adulthood) that she needs to examine her belief system. Unless her boyfriend is innocent of the hate crime I think it is hard to be supportive of him because it implies you are also in support of his actions so at least she needed make a statement about the crimes that were committed. 

  • supersonic

    She’s sorry for him and his family and what they’re going through.  Not the victims of his racist attacks?  That just told me everything I needed to know right there.

  • Kirsten

    Pretty weak sauce.

    3 years = a while for an 18 year old?

    Sigh.

    A man was murdered here. He and his family deserve compassion. The people who travel to other towns to make sport of injuring/harassing people of another race need to learn how to be decent human beings.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    “I think she was protecting herself in this interview as she could be in
    trouble if she was aware of or participated in the crimes that were
    about to be committed.”

    THIS.  I’m not buying this “I had no idea” story.  The mere fact that she was dating the guy and hung out with his friends means she knows that they were racist bastards.  I don’t care if she didn’t join in.  The mere fact that she knew what they were like and did NOTHING about it is damning enough. It says a lot about her character.

    And chances are VERY high that she at one time or another heard of their plans to go beat up black people for sport and STILL said and did NOTHING about it.

    I don’t know what the law is, but if she was overheard plans to commit a crime and didn’t notify the police, couldn’t she be in some deep shit legally?

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Girl, I liked you on Idol but you are makin’ it real hard…
    I’m gonna need someone to shake some sense into this girl ASAP.
    Skylar, you may not be a racist or have had anything to do with the situation but this is serious business. (Somehow I don’t think she understands this)

    So many young lives ruined at such an early age because of hate and prejudice. *Sigh*

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Link please?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    If she knew, I believe they could charge her as an accessory after the fact.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    It was posted in the other thread.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Google Taste of Country. They have an article on the subject and a statement. 

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Obviously Skylar has no publicist or access to a good publicist who would have told her to keep quiet. All she did was bury herself with those comments, and what career she had is over. Hope she did make enough on Idol to keep the family business open because that is all she is going to be doing now. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Here’s Skylar’s statement from the TOC article:

    Dominick and Laine broke up before the reality competition ended, and the singer says she knew nothing of the charges. “I knew nothing about Joseph committing hate crimes,” she told the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. “I have never committed a hate crime, and I would encourage anyone with knowledge of a hate crime to come forward.”
    Laine’s mother stressed that her daughter was not implicated of anything before sharing that the country-tinged ‘Idol’ singer is dating someone else now, while Dominick is married to another girl. The two were together for three years.

     http://tasteofcountry.com/skylar-laine-ex-boyfriend-hate-crime/

    Still no sign of compassion for the victims or condemnation of the ex.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Yes, that is the article I was talking about, I ‘ll say it again but I feel like she just doesn’t get how serious this is for her. 

  • potatorocks

    The murder took place June 26, 2011 and Domininick broke up with Skylar on May 3, 2012—almost a year later.   

  • quickjessie

     Oh please.  This has nothing to do with “liberal” and everything to do with being a decent human being.

    There is NO friggen way I or anyone I know would tolerate an attitude of bigotry for THREE YEARS.  Hell, my kids when barely adults were calling people out for saying anything remotely racist, strangers and acquaintances.  Calling them out in public, out loud, and walking away from them.  And this was in high school, same age as this little princess.

    Sorry, but you want to lay down with dogs you get to keep the fleas.  There is no friggen way she didn’t know this guy’s opinions, she stayed with him anyway, so now she can suffer the flea bites.  Good. 

  • Xentusk

    The Clarion Ledger article it refers to says that he broke up with her, may 3rd, the same day she was eliminated on AI….so does that suppose, that if he was the one doing the breaking up, it’s possible if he hadn’t broken up with her, she might be still dating him??

    Also the article says these guys were still making the trips even after the victim’s murder….. they didn’t stop even after killing Mr Anderson….

    Dominick and Gaskamp, however, weren‘t part of the group that came to Jackson the morning Anderson was killed. They had been on previous trips to harass African-American citizens and continued to make the trips following Anderson’s death

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130103/NEWS/130103004/6th-Rankin-man-charged-federal-hate-crime-case

  • bridgette12

    Of course she’s covering her ass. She didn’t care what her boyfriend and his racist friends were doing when it was happening and to pretend to shocked and  disgusted after the crimes become public, is vile. I don’t care how old she was when any of this happen, I’m pretty sure she was taught just like the rest of us, thou shalt not kill, do unto others as you would want them to do upon you, love thou neighbor in church but also at home. So Skyler don’t get a pass from me, she was right in the middle of all of this and choose to keep her mouth shut. 

  • quickjessie

     Omg.  What kind of secluded closet did you grow up in?  Even in a larger high school, everyone in school knew who the jerks were.  Everyone, much less someone who dated one of them for THREE years. 

    Bullies aren’t quiet.  They brag and boast, constantly.  Very proud of their “manly” actions.  So there isn’t a chance in hell I’ll believe Skylar didn’t know exactly what kind of a piece of shit she was dating.  Furthermore, she sure didn’t come off as some kind of wallflower in AI.  She was very extroverted and brash, no quiet little clinging vine being led around by the big, bad racist.

    I won’t accuse her of criminal activity but I will definitely accuse her of palling around with racist bullies and tolerating it.  Not a child I would defend or be proud of, that’s for sure.

  • MellyPer1692

    There is stupid and there is evil. I don’t consider murdering someone, assaulting people stupid, I consider it evil.

    She broke up with him a year AFTER the murder? When was he charged?

  • bridgette12

    We all get involved with stupid people, but very few of us get involved with racist who use others for sports. She wasn’t involved with a guy who was getting together with his buddies to smoke a little weed, she was with a monster who preyed upon others.That’s not stupid, that criminal, that’s I don’t give a damn because it’s not happening to me.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I’m really surprised honestly that this hasn’t gotten more press so far.  Yes, I know people will say Skylar is a relatively minor reality show celeb whose time has come and gone–but we’re talking hate crimes here.  This is major stuff.  Not to mention I see all sorts of not so important idol news being splashed around social media on a regular basis. Considering TMZ found Elise possibly having an affair with an idol musician “newsworthy” only a month or so back, I can’t see why they wouldn’t be interested in this one.   Unless it just depends on how slow their celeb scandals are running on any given day.  Right now they probably have their hands full with Bieber pot smoking and all things Kim/Kanye.

    I even find it weird that I don’t see much reaction from Skylar’s fans, acting in typical fan fashion, going to great lengths to defend her.  The whole thing is just odd.

  • Xentusk

    I even find it weird that I don’t see much reaction from Skylar’s fans, acting in typical fan fashion, going to great lengths to defend her.  The whole thing is just odd.

    Given the facts as they are presented, anyone would be hard pressed to find anything about this situation that is ‘defendable’ and the statement she gave doesn’t exactly shed the shade that has been cast over her…

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    But like, I don’t even see her fans having a conversation about it.  Admittedly, just based on a cursory glance at twitter and the like. That’s I guess where I find it so weird.  Do people see “ex-boyfriend” in the headlines so don’t even bother to read the article assuming it has nothing to do with Skylar?

  • WestiesRule

    OMM Freaking god!! I did not grow up in a closet but I did grow up in the 50′s n 60′s and things were very different. I teach Health and run bullying seminars with inner city kids. A fool I am not. I am pretty appaled how many of you are reacting to her. I have some very good friends whose ideas/beliefs I don’t believe in or agree with. I pal around with a black pastor at work. I love this man yet I am a staunch atheist. No one has a problem with him being my friend or vice versa. Those things don’t enter into our friendship as we respect each other as people. Yes, I know it’s not the same. I have always been extroverted yet I get not always knowing how to assert myself being “younger” vs. being an older, more seasoned adult. I agree that she may have known but does mean she knew he was capapble of acting on those beliefs: at that time most likely not. I’m not even sticking up for her but am just appaled at the lynch mob mentality. Unfortuneately, different sections of the country behave in different ways. He was held accountable and that is what is important. Having grown up through Civil Rights and Women’s Rights I get changing the world one person at a time. That’s the rock I grew up under.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    ONCE AGAIN. Dial it back people. If you insist on insulting your fellow commenters? YOU WILL BE BANNED.

  • mtlfan2

    the ex may have well hid from her his dark side imo.
    She has always appear to me to be a good girl.

  • weareallinnocent

    I agree, you can’t defend the indefensible. Hence, no fan rally worthy of note. I also strongly suspect Skylar knew exactly how her ex felt about and treated people of color. It sickens, and yes, still shocks me, even though I’m jaded enough to know that this sort of ignorant evil still exists/occurs. I’m glad Skylar has moved on, if she has.

    Peace be with us all.

  • Liteasy

    There’s blind spots in some relations that the partner is not aware of.  My neighbor was married for 16 years and had two children and found out her hubby was gay – she never suspected it of him.  So, yes, I do believe Skylar.

  • BonnieDee

    Maybe, possibly, just a coincidence, but here she is posing with another teen involved in the murder/hate crime.  http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/2012/08/dwf-teen-involved-in-dedmon-case-has.html  

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Probably because her husband went out of his way to hide it.  It doesn’t sound like Skylar’s ex and her friends were keeping their racist antics on the down low.

  • Montavilla

    Is this story really TMZ’s style?  I’m not a huge watcher, but it seems like they want stories that they can add a snarky little joke to the end of.  

    There’s absolutely no joke to be made about this story.

    I’m sorry that Skylar is involved, but sorrier still that this behavior was going on and what it lead to. It’s hard not to contrast it with the other various Idol stories in the last week — particularly in terms of media coverage.

  • BonnieDee

    Skylar’s latest Twitter post says simply  “I have horrible luck ha.”  She doesn’t seem to get that someone died.  https://twitter.com/search?q=skylar%20laine&src=typd

  • Kirsten

    She broke up with him a year AFTER the murder? When was he charged?

    I’m not sure when he was charged, but here is the timeline for the guy who drove the truck that killed James Craig Anderson:

    June 26, 2011 – James Craig Anderson murdered, Daryl Dedmon brags about what he did to his friends
    July 6, 2011 – Daryl Dedmon charged with capital murder
    March 22, 2012 – Daryl Dedmon pleads guilty to murder and hate crime

    The fact that all of these guys are pleading guilty may indicate that there is a LOT of evidence against them. Gossip usually spreads like wildfire amongst teens. I have a tough time believing she knew nothing about her boyfriend’s views (and she would have had to be unfathomly naive not to start asking questions when one of his good friends started murdering people while on a beat-minorities-for-fun run).

    And after KILLING somebody, this didn’t cause this gang to have some sober second thoughts about what they were doing? The atmosphere they were creating? No, they went out and kept doing it?  Un-freaking-believable.

    Skylar auditioned in Houston and those first auditions were held Aug 24-26th. She was eliminated from Idol and her boyfriend broke up with her on May 3rd, 2012.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Given the timeline, yeah, she would have had to be deaf and blind to not have known something.  As for “trying to change him,” that may be the case were he and his friends all talk, but I have a difficult time believing anyone with a sense of ethics or empathy would have stayed, and remained silent when it went to action.

  • http://twitter.com/graciejane1956 Mary Landreth

     
    http://ethicsalarms.com/2011/04/28/dont-cheer-mississippis-westboro-baptist-tactics-too-loudly-you-never-know-who-might-hear-you/

    Not defending WBC by any means, but just two months before the Anderson death…this is one scary town

  • standtotheright

    I was waiting to see her own statements before I weighed in.

    The fact that she didn’t say she was “shocked and appalled” at his actions and that “it didn’t reflect the man [she] knew” suggests, yes, that she had some idea of what he and his buddies were doing.

    Either that or she’s so appallingly stupid that she can’t figure out that this is a situation that calls for a categorial denial and rejection of the defendant’s actions if she really knew nothing about it.

    I’ve seen enough interviews from her to determine that she knows how to articulate her views, so that kind of rules out option 2.

    It’s a true shame. I hope that this makes her reassess the company she keeps. And I hope that someone offers sympathy specifically to the family at some point.

  • jpfan2

    I always found her very unappealing and unattractive on Idol. I never could put my finger on why. Her tweet about “having horrible luck” makes her seem like a real moron.  Hopefully she’ll return to well deserved oblivion and we’ll never hear about her again.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    Well I can’t say for sure what exactly Skylar knew, but I have no doubt she wasn’t clueless.  Looking at the dates involved the one thing that can be said for sure is that her group of friends was involved in something terrible and she decided to stick by her man.  The prosecutors were going to make an example of these scumbags not only for the murder but also for their previous acts of hatred.  I’m not sure if Mississippi is a death penalty state but these low-lives were probably singing like birds to save themselves from the needle.  The link below gives a good description of the crime and when these punks started to plead out.  The one thing the date of their break up tells me is that’s about the time Mr Dominnick knew he was toast.  Whether she decided she had to distance herself from this or he broke up with her because he was going to jail, we’ll never know.  I guess the only kind thing he did for her was to wait till January to enter his plea deal.  The girl got involved with some bad seeds, what and how much she knew only she knows, but she’ll have to live with it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/william-montgomery-james-craig-anderson-murder-hate-crime-guitly_n_2243825.html

  • mjsbigblog

    If Skylar had a strong, obsessive fan base, this thread would be a mess. That’s just how it works.  She’s just no a popular alum.

  • durbesque

    Skylar could write a helluva jucy country song with this materal.  This may be the only chance she’ll ever have to break through.  She is not really marketable in normal cirumstances.  

  • Valarie

    Skyler is 18. She turned 18 during her Idol run. So was her judgement faulty for picking this guy at age 15? Yes. Should her life be ruined forever? I don’t think so.

  • Miz

    This is really terrible. I’m going to have to take Skylar at her word that she wasn’t aware of these actions and was not a part of it in any way.

  • Pippygirl

    So Skylar was about 15 when she started dating this creature? People would be surprised at how much a lovestruck 15 year old will overlook in a boyfriend or girlfriend. I mean for heaven’s sake there are grown women who marry murderers in prison!
    I believe she probably knew about her boyfriend’s beliefs (don’t know about his actions). However people change from 15 to 18, and from 18 to 25 etc so hopefully her judgement has improved and will continue to do so. Until I hear evidence that she had anything to do with these crimes, I’m unwilling to judge her too harshly.

  • abbysee

    I bet there are some who would say that about him too! You can tell very little about people’s lives when you don’t know them personally. The Skylark knew this guy for three years says an awful lot more about her than anything I saw on idol or read/saw on the Internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammyluebrecht Tammy Luebrecht

    How do you date someone for 3yrs and NOT know your boyfriend is a racist jackass?? Unless, she did know and was ok with it. In which case, makes her just as cruel.

  • abbysee

    The fact that she stayed with him @ 16 and 17, and that he broke it off speaks volumes to me. Its nit even a case of what she knew and when she knew. Not saying she took part, but she certainly didn’t seem to mind at the time. Appalled!

  • MellyPer1692

    Really? The idea of her breaking through based on this is abhorrent.

  • weareallinnocent

    Sadly, I noted in her statement only that she denied knowing of his “hate crimes,” not of his hate. That speaks volumes to me.

  • potatorocks

    Her statements, her mother’s statements, her tweet, her post about killing a deer yesterday and having the dogs find it—they all feel callous to me.  I want to give her the benefit of the doubt but I am really struggling.  Her fans must be struggling too.  

  • waitingforthe1

    I’m praying for everyone involved – Skylar’s words which I would assume also includes the victim and his family. 

    Let’s be clear here, Joseph, the ex, didn’t KILL ANYONE.  He wasn’t present during the murder so I’m not sure why this crime is being piggy backed onto the crimes that Joseph did commit?? 

    I’m disgusted by racism but I don’t get how people on the internet are passing judgment on this very young girl without much more than just gossip and assumptions of what they “think” she knew? 

    Think of the BTK killer.  He was a married man with children.  His family had NO IDEA he was a serial killer.  People can hide huge parts of who they really are in order to fit in.   Perhaps Joseph only discussed his racist attitude around like minded people? 

  • durbesque

    This little incident is sweetness and light.  Our military killed a million people in Iraq alone. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    So just because a couple of white guys killed somebody black it’s considered a “hate” crime”?  Her ex wasn’t even involved the day of the murder. Those conspiracy charges are unfair, and so are any attacks on Skylar’s morality. 

    Skylar isn’t responsible for another person’s actions. 
    The media is making it into a race issue, which is totally unfair to the family that lost a loved one. Whether her ex was involved in the hit and run of a white guy or black guy, WHY is the guy’s color taking top priority? This is why racism still exist.  When a gang of blacks rob a white guy it’s not a hate crime. Race shouldn’t matter. 

    Also as for why Skylar is behaving her way in interviews, uhm her “first love” (most likely) of three years just pleaded guilty (which I question the “voluntary part), and faces time in prison. She’s going to be shaken up. Do any of you have boyfriends or girlfriends? What if you got a call right now from the courts, telling you that they could have up to ten years in prison. She’s a little shaken up. NOT cause she feels bad for her ex, but she doesn’t know how to respond knowing that she was with him for three years, and it can be mentally frustrating, confusing, scary, ect. And who cares if her boyfriend had signs of being racist. Everybody is racist to a certain degree. Just because you have friends of opposite races doesn’t make you racist.  And don’t give me some liberal speech, because liberals are more racist than people in the south. Southerns have way’s of talkin. If her boyfriend used the word nigger in his vocabulary, or if he told a black joke, it doesn’t make her a bad person. Hell even if she did them herself it doesn’t make her a bad person. It makes her a person. Some people’s racism comes from hatred, others are racist in the terms of they use it as humor (which needs to happen more often). And I am NOT playing the reverse discrimination card either. I can care less if the victim is black or white, or if the murderer is black and white. WHY do people make it into an issue.  When drunk white small townies “harass” (a very powerful, media forced word) a town that happen to be black, you need to first examine WHY they are doing it before you call it a “hate crime”.  Immaturity, Ignorance, 
    or Naiveness can play a role. 

    The only issue here should be 

    She says she doesn’t know about the hate crimes and she’s right. Even if she knew her boyfriend was prejudice, that doesn’t mean she has a bad taste in character. There is a difference between racism and ignorance. Don’t believe everything you see or hear on the news. Especially with wording. It could have been anything. There is more we don’t know, and we never will know because one side of the case is dead. 

    But the fact that most of these articles don’t even touch up on the case, but end with what Skylar has been up too.. show’s you what their true intention was by bringing this forward. If you want to be pissed at somebody be pissed at the media. This type of thing can happen, and DOES happen to anyone. 

    Here comes the part where you call me racist, ect…. but I’ll speak the truth always. Or the part where this get’s deleted… but the truth is, we need people to think from the standpoint of “reasonable doubt”. And there is plenty of reasonable doubt to not pin point Skylar as being involved. Fun fact by the way. I never once stated an opinion, so nobody is in any position to accuse me of having certain feelings or a biased attitude. 

    Don’t assume. And everybody here is doing nothing but assuming. 
    She doesn’t have empathy for somebody who was killed? You know this how? Because she walked away from the question? But anyway, even though I took the time to get a discussion brewing, this will still be deleted, which is another problem with the world. People are afraid to talk. People are afraid to be offended. Instead of getting rid of the thing that may be offensive, why not do what’s best and address WHY it is offensive to you, so the other party can see from your perspective…. and oh i don’t know, maybe by you doing that you’ll show THEM your perspective, which will then allow them to know how you feel, since they clearly either don’t care, don’t know or aren’t aware. 

    If anything appreciate her for not trying to give a politically correct statement. She’s being her. A 19 year old girl, who just recently went through a gifted experience of fame that not many people will ever get to experience, and also a relationship that is now put on blast, even though it’s over, and even though you know they won’t state all the good characteristics of her boyfriends. Just like they won’t state the negatives in the young man who was unfortunately killed. The media is basically a movie. They like having “characters”. Typically a bad guy, and a good guy… and they’ll only show one dynamic that tells a better story. And the story always depends on the ending result, and since this guy was killed, he become the role of the good guy, while everyone who had the slightest indication of what happened to them, because guilty too?
    How far do they stretch it? Maybe Hollie should be guilty too. She probably heard all about Skylars boyfriend considering they were BFF for several months. (and yes at that young age being roommates gives you a very tight bond). … I’m pretty sure there are always cameras around too, so maybe the camera men  should go to jail too right? No! Of course not. 

    The person who belongs in jail and the person who is guilty is the person who did the crime. Even IF she knew about it, and didn’t do anything to stop it, doesn’t make her guilty.

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    However, since some people probably prefer a “lighter” side instead of the truth….. mjsbigblog you’re not helping her case by having the still photo be of a “mug face” expression lol 

  • dd999

    I like your response. She obviously grew up in a place where racism was quite rampant. I’d like to think, that when she said she grew up a lot on Idol, she meant it was a freeing think to be able to be friends with Joshua and others of different racial background without being judged as she likely would have been in her home town by many of her peers. On TV in this interview she looks pale, sad and a lot thinner! The old dude she dated is married and Skylar has a new boyfriend, hopely he has a better mind-set! She’s a lot wiser now and I don’t think she should be judged for someone else’s behaviour. I’m still looking forward to hearing some great recordings from Skylar. Now’s the time to look at that little feather on your wrist, Skylar, very few of us can say our choices in life have been perfect!

  • HermeticallySealed

    Ummm….. did you even read the actual report.  They went specifically to harass people BECAUSE they were black.  That IS the definition of racist. Also, the media isn’t the ones who labeled it a hate crime, the law did.

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    The report say’s that’s why they went there. That doesn’t mean that’s the reason why they went there. 

  • Chris

    Wow, just wow.  But its hard to believe she dated him for that long and didn’t know and perhaps even share or at least overlook his feelings.  Overlooking in my opinion, is just as bad.

    She was a teenager, so maybe just young and stupid but I do not believe she was 100% ignorant.  Kids like that all share racist jokes, language, etc.. she’s no angel.

  • HermeticallySealed

     LOL  okay. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    oh and please don’t take that as me defending them or what they did. I’m not. I’m just saying you have to think whose POV the report is from, not just when it comes to the victim or her boyfriend… but Skylar as well. Every article has a purpose, and especially by including the quote for all parties being involved being sought justice…. 

    it’s implying that Skylar need’s to be punished, or at least on some subconscious level. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    I’d take down the part of the article on this site where you mention Joshua Ledet. 
    Saying somebody has a black friend, so they probably aren’t racist is about as ignorant a claim you can make. 

    “Racist” does not mean exclusively a vile hatred for another person’s background. Even the slightest humorous stereotypes that everybody has, some even unintentionally, classifies as racist. 

    That’s why the term “racist” to be is so absolute and dated. There are good people who are “racist”. If we would all accept this, there would be less racism, because than we’d all agree that all humans naturally have general feelings, ideas, or perceptions of groups of people that are not from the same background as them. 

  • Chris

    “Perhaps Joseph only discussed his racist attitude around like minded people? ”

    I’m sorry, I have a teenage daughter and facebook, twitter, texts, music, etc.. is how they live and communicate.  I doubt seriously this boy who went out with slingshots looking to harrass blacks didn’t show any signs to Skylar that he hated black people. I just don’t buy it.

    Now, he is lucky the night of the bigger incident, when they called, it was his birthday so he didn’t go.  He is unlucky that apparently, they dragged his name into this as someone who was a normal participant.  Just was MIA that night.  The police/FBI didn’t get his name from a phone book, it came from the other kids involved.

    She is young, they have broken up, so good for her. But let’s just admit we make mistakes, date people we probably shouldn’t, then move on.

  • usedtobelucy

    ” Joseph Dominick, 21, was the sixth person to plead guilty to hate
    crimes charges for being part of a group of white males who routinely
    assaulted blacks in the Jackson area starting in the spring of 2011,
    attacking victims with motor vehicles, beer bottles and sling shots.”
    http://www.mjsbigblog.com/skylar-laine-claims-no-knowledge-of-her-ex-boyfriends-hate-crimes-video.htm

    Hard to see how, even as a teenager, you would have *no* idea that your boyfriend was involved with guys who did this sort of thing “routinely.” …. Especially because the stupidity of young guys generally means they’re doing it for bragging rights.

    How devastatingly horrible for Mr. Anderson, his friends and family, and everybody else that these arrogant young assholes slingshotted with ball bearings and struck with automobiles. And what a sad commentary on our culture.

    Would have liked to hear some significant sorry for the victims from Skylar, whether or not she knew that this kind of thing was going on, too.

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    to be fair, she was pulled away she didn’t choose to walk away. and of course she was uncomfortable. you’d be uncomfortable too. anybody would be. her being uncomfortable shows more generosity than putting on the water works just for the display of image. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    When he did these things he was out with his “boys” right?

    I don’t tell my girlfriends everything I do with my male friends. 

  • usedtobelucy

    “This little incident is sweetness and light.  Our military killed a million people in Iraq alone. ”

    Unfortunately, a good observation, I think. Violence, especially against anyone we can view as low-because-brown is very much the American way. Our ambitions to empire and our racist violence at home are all of a piece in many ways. We aren’t thoughtful about this, at all.

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    Hating black people does not mean you’re going to go out and harass them.

    Even IF he told black jokes around her, that doesn’t imply he would go out and do those things. And if he did show signs and Skylar “didn’t do anything about it”, then why is it that people can automatically jump her character for staying with somebody like that, instead of caring about the issue at hand here; which is that somebody is dead. Skylar doesn’t care that he’s dead? Sounds like neither do the people who are accusing her, because they care more about why she would choose to be with somebody like that. Aka people are more concerned about her relationship choices, instead of the important issue at hand here….. which ironically is EXACTLY what they are doing themselves by switching subjects. 

  • guinness 416

    Stating that the people posting here “don’t care that somebody is dead” is dirty pool, Sean.  This blog exists for discussion on Idol and its contestants.  There are many appalling things happening in your country and around the world that MJ doesn’t report on and the commenters don’t discuss, that doesn’t mean we’re not decent people who don’t think about them once we tab away from this blog. 

  • usedtobelucy

     “Hating black people does not mean you’re going to go out and harass them.”

    What business does anyone have “hating black people” — or people in any color category — in the 21st century?…. just askin’…Surely we know enough now to realize that this is meaningless crap?

    And what does it say about someone who can’t even muster the human compassion to say, with feeling, “I didn’t know about this, and I am terribly terribly sorry about what was done to Mr. Anderson, and while I know it’s probably no comfort, I offer his friends and family my strongest sympathy.”

    I’m not blaming Skylar. She was a kid when this happened, and when we’re kids we don’t get a lot of things, especially where our hormones are concerned. She’s growing up now, though, and in the public eye, so by this point  I think she would be well served to think about how it’s appropriate to respond to something like this — and that’s with a strong acknowledgment of who was hurt. Can’t say I think that the responses we’re seeing here are going to do much for her career in 2013. She’s just starting out, and it’s not clear to me that the music industry would back her as a mere beginner over some of the many other hopefuls who aren’t known to have something this toxic in their backgrounds.

  • usedtobelucy

    Oh, Lord, this poor guy was a *gay* black man in Mississippi. He had to have the courage of ten. … Also, very much to their credit, in my view, his family has spoken out against using the death penalty in the case.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/09/husband-child-of-hate-crime-victim-shut-out-by-mississippi-laws/

     http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20106948-504083.html

     

  • Kirsten

    WHY is the guy’s color taking top priority

    Because Skylar’s boyfriend and friends (male and female) made it a habit of going to another town to harass and harm people simply because the were of another race. THEY made it a racial issue. They weren’t targeting everybody, just people of a certain race. Then they would go back to their home town and brag about it.

    That night that night James Craig Anderson was killed, this gang of kids discussed about going to another town to harass African-Americans, Did just that while shouting racist slogans and then boasted about it. This seems to be a pretty open and shut case of a hate crime. When you make a habit of telling people you are going to commit a hate crime, you then commit the hate crime and then proceed to brag about committing a hate crime, you make the prosecutor’s job pretty easy. So easy, you might just have to plead guilty like all these kids.

    I think the prosecutors are being pretty careful here. same with the media. If they were just trumping up hate crime allegations, they would have added in claims of homophobia which they have not (James Craig Anderson had a partner of 17 years and a small child, neither of whom were given any legal standing – adding insult to injury). There was no indication he was targeted for that reason, so that hasn’t been raised as an issue.

  • Chris

    The news of Mr. Anderson’s death is not new, it happened in 2011. I was terribly saddened then, and I am still now.

    What is new, and that’s why MJ has the blog, is that an Idol contestant was dating a boy that was involved.  Hence, the conversation today surrounds that young man and Skylar.

    See how that works?  Caring about the death of a human being, and discussion of who knew what when are not mutually exclusive.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    “After a night of drinking, seven white teenagers … set out on a mission to ‘f— with some n—–s’ in Jackson,” the lawsuit alleges.
    “They found Mr. Anderson, a black man, in a parking lot in Jackson. Several teenagers took turns beating him for an extended period of time, and then one of the teenagers drove over Mr. Anderson with a Ford F-250 truck.”

    This is truly sickening.

  • Miz

    Sean, it WAS a hate crime. These young men planned and set out to attack (physically assault actually) black people on a regular basis. THis time they killed and got caught. They also continued to do this after this man was murdered.

    THis is not media sensationalizing. It’s reporting facts. There were girls involved also, so it’s natural to wonder if Skylar knew about or went along at any time.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    Group of white teen go to the City get into fight and Kill a Black man, that is murder.

    Group of white teens go to the city seeking out a black person beating him and than running him over and killing him, is a hate crime.

    The media and even the police may lie, but a surveillance video doesn’t

    What Skylar knew or didn’t know about the crimes themselves I have no way of knowing, but I have no doubt she knew about his racist attitudes.  The fact she stayed with him for almost a year after the incidents and the relationship only end after all others involved pleaded out and it became clear Joseph was going down for his past actions, is very telling to me, others can make of it what they want.  She may not be guilty of anything having to do with these terrible crimes, but because of her interaction with this group of people she can’t claim innocence.  Sadly for those going to jail this will only make their racism worse, they’re gonna have to join a white surpremisist group once in jail, it’s the only way they’ll survive.

  • Caro3278sweet

    I can wonder and ponder all I want about what Skylar knew and what she didn’t. I certainly am sickened by the whole crime and saddened that we still have remnants of racism lurking in our country. Other than that, I can’t really come to any conclusions at all. 

    However, what no one is discussing, interestingly, is how this impacts Skylar’s chances at signing with a label. If she were pop or hip-hop this whole scandal might actually up her chances – sad to say. But country? I think you can put a nail in the coffin of her budding/stuttering career. 

  • shell29

    Sigh…this story is so sad.    I was “fan” of Skylar during her season but I’m very disappointed.  ITA with what others have said-no way in hell I’m buying that she was clueless about what her ex and his punk friends were up to.  I just wonder if she really has any sympathy for the victim or his family.  I’m not getting the impression that she does. 

    It sounds like she’s trying to cover her ass. If she had any kind of conscience, she should go to the police and tell them everything she knows to help the case.

    This. 

  • bridgette12

    When her own mother can’t come out and clearly state  that her daughter didn’t have any knowledge of what Joseph was or what he did, that says a lot to me. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    This is news to me, I didn’t know about it all.  How could she have dated him three years though and not know what he was really like?  That doesn’t make sense.  Still, no one should be blamed for something someone else does.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Didn’t she say in an interview that she parted was with her mangament because things were not working out and she couldn’t find a record deal. I know I read that somewhere. Pretty sure Skylar is all on her own and that makes it worse for her. But not as bad as what the Anderson family has to go through. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    When the video begins the interview is already underway. For all we know she did. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    Show me the surveillance videos than. Is there anywhere to release them?

    Guy’s again, I’m not some super fan defending her just because she was on a TV Show. I’m saying until more information gets released lets not jump down the poor girls throat. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    Again, even if they went out to another state let’s say 10 different times over their 3 year relationship. 
    Doesn’t mean Skylar would know. When I “hang out with my male friends” I don’t give my girlfriend every single detail. And she doesn’t to me. 
    There’s a sense of trust. 

    I do act different around my buddies then her. It’s natural. He may be a slight bigot around her, but around his friends even more so. (shit, maybe even just to impress them). I’m just saying her story is very believable. Not cut and dry like some on here are making it. 

  • Chris

    “What Skylar knew or didn’t know about the crimes themselves I have no way of knowing, but I have no doubt she knew about his racist attitudes.  The fact she stayed with him for almost a year after the incidents and the relationship only end after all others involved pleaded out and it became clear Joseph was going down for his past actions, is very telling to me”

    This is the part that bothers me.  3 years with this guy – 2010, 2011 when the incidents occurred, through May 2012.  There is no way she didn’t know anything about how strong of a racist this boy was, its just not possible in a small town.  His own mother said she was sickened when the other boys were arrested.  These kids had probably all been at each other’s houses, birthday parties, or school events, etc..  In a small town for 3 years?  I don’t believe she didn’t know anything.  Even her statement was specific to that she knew nothing of committing hate crimes, which in my opinion is legal jargon. 

    And, the boy broke up with her!  It wasn’t that she felt bad, he dropped her and married someone else.

    It speaks to character. The show we all blog about is as diverse at it gets, there’s no place for hate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    This little incident is sweetness and light. Our military killed a million people in Iraq alone.

    By this logic, the same could be said about the recent murders in Newtown, Connecticut.

    These are not “little incidences of sweetness and light”, they are cold-blooded murders of innocent people. James Anderson was someone’s son, brother and father. There is a four year old boy who lost his father a year ago because a group of racist teens wanted to hunt down some black people, beat and murder them. Nothing about this horrible crime falls under the definition of “sweetness and light”.

  • Xentusk

    Did you not read that these guys still took trips to harrass African Americans (with weapons..not including their vehicle…) even after they murdered Anderson???

    I understand you are trying to defend Skylar, giving her the benefit of the doubt, but to parse out the exact ‘meaning’ of what it is to be racist…..? 

    These guys continued their abhorent ‘past time’ even after the murder….  This, alone, speaks to the extent of their racism, and that it was a ‘regular’ thing they did.   There is no doubt at all they were racist and lacked the slightest bit of humanity.

    You know they bragged and talked about each ‘expidition’ with their friends and probably why they were forced to plead guilty because of the probable amount of evidence against them

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    There’s no idea she didn’t know about this. One of the guys who was involved in the murder of the Mr Anderson is even a friend of hers. this is a picture of them together at the Idol concert.

     http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Kl_k2lKb7Fw/UBqcaL-GXWI/AAAAAAAAGFw/cdWabHZ1zmw/s400/skylar%2Band%2Bblalock%2B%2528watermark%2529.jpg .

    and this is the caption on the news story.

    ” John Blalack, who was in the vehicle with John Aaron Rice the night of
    the Deryl Dedmon murder of Mr. Anderson, was out at the American Idol
    concert Tuesday night with his girlfriend to see local star Skylar
    Laine.  (The reports of the incident have his name spelled incorrectly
    as John Blaylock). ”

    She definitely knew what was going on. As to her level of involvement, that’s debatable and open to speculation.

  • usedtobelucy

     “she is tainted by association at this point. Her “handlers” are going
    to have to work some magic to repair that (provided that she still has a
    viable shot at a record deal right now). I’m not saying it’s
    impossible but I think it’ll be necessary.”

    I think she’s toast. At least for 5-10 years, anyway.

    if there weren’t so so many talented country-women-singer-songwriters out there clawing for opportunities, maybe not. But when somebody’s essentially an untested quantity, has this taint-by-association hung on them — and, no doubt about it, this is a huge scandal not just some passing event, and may have been evasive enough to create doubts about what else may lurk in their background, I have a hard time seeing companies forking over the cash and making the public and open commitment it takes to launch a career for somebody when there are plenty of other options who may be equally talented but ostensibly much less risky.

  • usedtobelucy

      “Even her statement was specific to that she knew nothing of committing hate crimes, which in my opinion is legal jargon.”

    Exactly. Don’t know who — and especially don’t know any 18-year-old who — would actually put it this way without extensive counsel with somebody’s defense attorney.  

  • usedtobelucy

    “When the video begins the interview is already underway. For all we know she did.”

    True. 

  • supersonic

    I always found her very unappealing and unattractive on Idol. I never could put my finger on why.

    Me, too.  The first time I saw her on Idol, I was like, “I don’t like this girl”.  She has always rubbed me the wrong way and I never could figure out why.  My instincts just told me this girl was unlikable.  They were correct.

  • usedtobelucy

    “One of the guys who was involved in the murder of the Mr Anderson is
    even a friend of hers. this is a picture of them together at the Idol
    concert. ”

    Yeesh. To think that this kinda fresh-face silly young guy would do something so disgusting. Torture a father and take him from his child. Because of his skin color. Mind boggling.

  • Chris

    Good point about being signed.  We sit once again at the beginning of another season of Idol, fresh bumper crop of wannabees. Add to that contestants from the Voice, X Factor, prior winners and runner ups…. It would take a miracle or perhaps a record label owned by a white supremist to get her signed and properly funded for videos and other promotion.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    The video would only become public if shown in court, they all pleaded guilty what’s that say?

    As I said I have no idea what she did or didn’t know about the actual crimes.  But because  there were girls present for some of these crimes it wasn’t just the boys going wild when the girls weren’t around.  It was most likely a culture within the group of friends.  I think it’s naive to think that Skylar, at the very minimum, didn’t know about his racist attitudes.

  • waitingforthe1

    I’m not even a fan of Skylar’s but I’m just not willing to tar and feather this young girl based on the actions of someone else. 

    It would take a miracle or perhaps a record label owned by a white supremist to get her signed and properly funded for videos and other promotion.

    How does that even make logical sense? Skylar didn’t DO anything other than date a boy who committed a heinous crime (and lest we forget he didn’t participate in the murder).

    If that were the threshold for label deals half the artists signed wouldn’t be signed right now.

  • Xentusk

    If there was even one shred of doubt would these young men, with their whole life ahead of them, plead guilty if there was any chance they are innocent??  I know if I was accused of something, especially something so heinous, I would look for any avenue to prove my innocence…

    I have to believe that someone was keeping ‘score’ during these outings, bragging about it, maybe even video evidence….

  • Niall

    I’m assuming the FBI was involved in the investigation as soon as it was deemed a hate crime and I’d also assume Skylar would have been questioned or her name would have come up if she had information, or if someone wanted to throw her under the bus to save themselves. So given that she doesn’t appear to be under investigation, I’m not going to assume she knew this was happening.

    That said, there’s no way she didn’t know he and his friends were racists and I doubt she was completely unaware of all the prior incidents of harassment. How she felt about it is something only she knows. I just hope if this story blows up beyond AI blogs that she has a better answer ready than the one she gave above.

  • BonnieDee

    I believe that ship sailed even before this all came to light.  She was passed up by all the labels, apparently.  I read an article today that said her management dropped her because they could not get her a record deal.  My opinion on her singing is she’s just not a recording artist.  Her recorded versions are terrible.

  • usedtobelucy

    “The video would only become public if shown in court, they all pleaded guilty what’s that say?”

    Good point. Can’t get a lot more unambiguous than that, I’d say.

  • Chris

    Skylar didn’t kill the man, but she was basically surrounded in a circle of friends who participated in this racist nonsense.  If you haven’t read all the articles, please do so first.  The boyfriend had been at prior racist road trips, and after!  He just missed the big one because it was his birthday. 

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130103/NEWS/130103004/6th-Rankin-man-charged-federal-hate-crime-case?nclick_check=1

    So, in terms of country star potential, this stink will always follow her.  If she had been the Idol Winner, e.g. Phillip Phillip with 3 million records sold, yeah maybe there would be something to save.  But her career isn’t even off the ground.  If I’m 19 or another management company, this stinks.  The list of other wannabee country singers is too long to put money here only to find out there is more to this story.  Her ex-boyfriend pleaded guilty for a reason, that’s usually damaging evidence and they want to avoid a trial where they get even more time.

    Maybe she can pull a Taylor Swift and write a song about it, but this is a tough hole to dig out from.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    I bet she wishes she played up the “Skylar/Colton” romance angle during the season, now :)

  • MellyPer1692

    “Pretty sure Skylar is all on her own and that makes it worse for her. But not as bad as what the Anderson family has to go through. ”

    The fact that these two outcomes are even mentioned together is mind-boggling to me.

    As far as the fresh-faced boy, racists come in many different packages as do criminals. Just some people are given the benefit of the doubt while others aren’t.

  • DB987

    I am struck that life can turn on a dime. Last year she was riding high with a chance of winning american idol and a shot at an career. Now she has been dropped by mangement according to her TOC aritcle and has been unable to get a contract. Now this which might put the final nail in the coffin for her dream of a music career. We all made bad choices in our youth but some always can come back and get you. Only she knows what she knew or her true feelings about people of other races and she has to live with the consequences of choosing this young man as a boyfriend.

  • usedtobelucy

    “As
    far as the fresh-faced boy, racists come in many different packages as
    do criminals. Just some people are given the benefit of the doubt while
    others aren’t.”

    True. There’s something about youth that always makes me imagine that they’ll do stuff that’s deeply stupid and impulsive and spur-of-the-moment rotten — like shoot somebody in a dumb robbery attempt — but are less likely to do stuff that’s such planned, purposeful, kinda ideologically-driven hateful callow rottenness….

    But obviously that’s me being fooled by the faces of youth — which always look to me as if they don’t have much of that kind of stuff lurking behind them. … Obviously, they can. 

    If you’re implying that I’m judging this guy differently because he’s white, though — Nah. I have the same bias about young people of color. (especially, in the case of all races, guys — I do sort of buy the existence of the “mean girl” thing … ) I tend not to suspect kids of color of evil political campaigns of guile and deliberate hideous cruelty either, while I’m not surprised when they sort of impulsively do something horrible out of stupidity and panic or rage or something.

    Don’t much like to think that this kind of deliberate, programmatic, truly evil conspiratorial behavior can already be baked into a 19-year-old in our world where 19 year olds are really pretty young, compared to how they’ve been in previous generations and centuries. … And I guess i think that it probably wouldn’t be if the culture surrounding said 19-year-old wasn’t steeped in a simmering stew of these same ideas, whether or not the older people are as likely to actually act on them. (and of course there’s the larger culture-of-war thing, too. … )

    Hard for me to see this kind of crime coming out of the young without seeing it as an indictment of the society in which they live. Very sad commentary on our culture.

  • DB987

    I am struck that life can turn on a dime. Last year she was riding high with a chance of winning american idol and a shot at an career. Now she has been dropped by mangement according to her TOC aritcle and has been unable to get a contract. Now this which might put the final nail in the coffin for her dream of a music career. We all made bad choices in our youth but some always can come back and get you. Only she knows what she knew or her true feelings about people of other races and she has to live with the consequences of choosing this young man as a boyfriend.

  • Xentusk

    Hard for me to see this kind of crime coming out of the young without seeing it as an indictment of the society in which they live. Very sad commentary on our culture.

    That is one thing that hasn’t been brought up…  Sure these guys are ‘young’ adults, but they are a mere couple of years away from being the responsibility of their parents…  Heck Skylar was just 15 when she began dating this dude….

    The depth of their racism, that it was a ‘normal’ part of their lives, ‘hangin’ around with friends harrassing AA’s’, what does that say about the people that raised them??
    How did this get by their parents…if we are to conclude that Skylar MUST have known from just dating him for 3 years…what did their parents know/allow?

    It just gets more depraved and depressing at the same the more you think about it :(

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    She was what late 16/early 17 when she was with the wrong crowd. 

    You guys are acting like she was hanging out with the guy after Idol was over. 

  • http://twitter.com/seanthdegree Sean DeFrancesco

    Also her apologizing for his family isn’t a bad thing either. You think the parents are proud that their kids did what they did. 

    (insert they were probably just mad they got caught joke).

    But no really. 

    And we don’t know what the defination of “harassment” in eyes of the courts is. 
    For all we know it was minor (still wrong), and it was just a drunken hit and run. 

    But no that court will always. Always, cater to the plaintiff, because usually its deservingly so.. but many biases get overlooked.  

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I realize this is about bigger issues than Skylar’s career right now, but in the previous article that was posted from before all this she talked about being dropped from her management because they couldn’t find her a record deal.  I’m assuming, though again I haven’t been following all things Skylar, is that she was talking about 19?  19 was clearly helping her during tour write, get in the studio with people, record demos and etc.  They seemed to be flying her places on off days and were trying to get something going.  It also seems like they washed their hands of her pretty quickly.

    Now if all of this hadn’t have broken the way it did, I wouldn’t exactly be saying Skylar was all washed up a whole three months after tour ended.  Some people never make it, but others take a little longer to get something going.  That said, this does put a pretty big stake in her career right now, no matter what the situation may actually be.  I do think it’s possible for her to re-invent herself possibly down the line when she’s a bit older, but for now I hope she’s got a back-up plan for herself.  She might need it.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Well, I know I’m never going to change the mind of someone who thinks that “hating black people” and telling “black jokes” is not cause enough to dump a douchebag. But, I’ll be damned if I won’t comment on your attempt to turn this around and point a finger at the posters here rather than the people actually involved. 

    A young man was killed because, apparently, in some places in this country, being a racist sociopath is considered cool amongst the high school jock crowd. I can’t help but guess that’s a place where Skylar resided because it did not seem to bother her that her boyfriend of THREE years engaged in these types of activities. Otherwise, she would have dumped him.  It’s horrific that a young man is dead. But, the problem at hand right here is that young girls like Skylar are exposed to and fall in love with hate-filled, violent young men. Why? Because they are raised in that culture. And that scares the hell out of me. That it’s still okay to be violently racist in 2013 is shameful. Skylar? She’s just an example of the gross ignorance of some in this country.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

     A druken “hit and run” seriously?  Two guys, Deryl Dedmon and John Aaron Rice laid on beating on the guy first,  than Deryl Dedmon ran him over,  The wasn’t an accident, it was a plan.  The harassment had folks carrying guns, throwing beer bottles and using a sling shot to fire ball-bearings at AA.  The kindest thing they did was hurl racial slurs.  The misunderstood youth thing doesn’t apply to these sadistic punk, sorry.

  • HermeticallySealed

     Yeah, there was nothing “accidental” about the murder, and there was nothing unintentional in their acts. The whole point of their trips was to hurt people.  I don’t know where this notion of bad place, bad time is coming from, because it’s not from the case.

  • fantoo1

    Sad to hear they have kinda stopped looking for a label for her. But I understand why 19 decided not to sign her-they already had Lauren Alaina fill the young country spot just one year earlier and mercury has another girl they are trying to invest in(Kacey Musgraves). Also sad that Raelynn gets a record deal when Skylar is head and shoulders above her in talent. And I agree that this whole situation could be another setback and that she may need a backup plan.

    Does anybody know if she is still planning on moving to Nashville?

  • Chris

    Not a drunken hit and run.  As I mentioned, the original story broke last year. If you do a search, you’ll find lots of articles like this one that shows it was 100% intentional.

    The part that is new, is the boys that originally were arrested are “rolling over” on the rest of the gang that participated, like Skylar’s boyfriend.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/06/mississippi.hate.crime/index.html

  • Emmuzka

    Personal opinion: There is no way she wouldn’t have known that her boyfriend of three years was a maniac racist. She probably didn’t know about the murder at the time, but she must have learned about it afterwards, and yet she stayed with him a year afterwards, while the persecution/trial process was ongoing.

    What kind of person dates a murderer and a hate crime offender? Being a naive 15-18 year old isn’t an excuse, neither is that probably the whole town was very allowing towards racism. 

    She was my favorite in her season, but I’m done with her. Done.

  • Happyhexer

    No question that the underlying crimes are horrendous.

    But I am neither going to defend nor condemn Skylar, although I agree her response was not very effective.

    I simply do not know what she did or did not feel or know, or when.  I can be suspicious based on the “birds of a feather flock together” adage, but even that adage is not universally true.

    If everyone is guilty by association, then our prisons would be even more full than they already are.  Most criminals have friends and families, and many friends and families are unaware of their loved one’s crimes.

    And if people really truly do reveal themselves to the person they date, why do we have so many divorces?  And why do so many women (men too!) get sucked into abusive relationships?  Although there may be warning signs (like isolation), many abusers do not show their true colors at first.

    I don’t think I can react in a sound bite to something that in truth is very likely to be very messy and complicated.  I see shades of gray.  And to be clear, I am speaking of Skylar, not the underlying crimes.  The latter speak for themselves.  *shudder*
     

  • usedtobelucy

    “You think the parents are proud that their kids did what they did.”

    Actually, I don’t think it’s out of the question. At all. And whether or not they would admit to being proud.

    There’s a level of depravity and premeditation here that may well reflect the background from which these guys come. 

  • usedtobelucy

     “Sad to hear they have kinda stopped looking for a label for her. But I
    understand why 19 decided not to sign her-they already had Lauren Alaina
    fill the young country spot just one year earlier and mercury has
    another girl they are trying to invest in(Kacey Musgraves).”

    Wouldn’t surprise me if support for her career ended as soon as people realized that her long-time boyfriend was part of this gang of racist thugs. I can easily imagine them thinking — “more risk than she’s worth”.

    My guess is she’s going to be entirely on her own, career-wise (absent support from some white supremacist who might show up to back her, and, of course, that could happen…), for some years, at least, until the memory of this crime fades. Anyone who tried to launch a music career for her at this juncture would surely imagine the questions that would come up in every press conference and interview. And they’d pretty quickly decide to go with another girl, I’d think.

  • Valarie

    We have music stars who themselves served prison time for brutal acts. We can forgive them, but not an exgirlfriend, who has shown no signs of racism, herself?

    There is no debate that the crime was hideous. I am just uncertain as to how it became Skyler’s crime.

    I certainly did not know everything my high-school boyfriend did. If I did, it wouldn’t’t have been such a shock when he walked me to class in the morning, as he had done for a year, and a new girlfriend by lunchtime.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    IMO…  It stretches the bounds of credulity and common sense for one to believe that, given the reported timeline of events, Skylar did not know, WOULDN’T KNOW or was not aware of her boyfriends racial animus and the animus his circle of friends held – let alone the despicable acts they committed, up to and including murder. Doesn’t pass the smell test – and everybody connected in this mess, Skylar included, are covered with that stench.  Forgiveness? Usually involves admission of a hurtful or harmful act done to someone, a sense of genuine contrition for the harmful or hurtful act committed… When something resembling this comes from the mouths of every member in this gang of thugs, and those in their circle who collaborated with and enabled them to carry out their murderous acts in the name of ‘fun’, forgiveness will be on the table…

    “In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing.”
    Edward Burke

  • wordnerdarchie

     

    What kind of person dates a murderer and a hate crime offender?

    Just to clarify what I’ve read and seen commented here.  The person she dated was not involved in the murder, some people seem to have missed that little tidbit.

    However, he was involved in despicable acts.

  • Valarie

    Never mind.

  • usedtobelucy

     “We have music stars who themselves served prison time for brutal
    acts. We can forgive them, but not an exgirlfriend, who has shown no
    signs of racism, herself?

    There is no debate that the crime was hideous. I am just uncertain as to how it became Skyler’s crime.”

    I could forgive Skylar, depending on what turned out to be the case about the circumstances.

    But I would also make the point that, in my opinion, the industry is *very* unlikely to forgive an unknown hopeful for being tied to such a huge pr problem. I think the chance that she’ll be given a chance now is slim to none.  At least until she’s much, much older.

    Because it’s one thing for the entertainment industry to support criminals who are already big stars who sell cds and movie tickets. And entirely something else for them to sign on to back an unknown quantity who is linked to a liability of this size. Too many other singing/songwriting fish in the sea.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     IIRC, he missed out on being w/his friends the night of the murder because it was his birthday…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     There are ‘rumors’ surfacing that the man killed was also gay… if this is so, this crime takes on even more dark and despicable undertones. Black gay man killed by racist gang of teenagers in Deep South Mississippi, with ties to American Idol… no wonder TMZ and the mainstream media are treating this story like a hot potato, and with kid gloves… it has the potential to soil and dirty up the Idol name – and sooo close to the season premiere… where is the gay community and its supporters in this? If this is true, why has the gay angle been downplayed?  Can these thugs be charged for double hate crimes? I’m ignorant of this aspect of the law, if someone knows please advise…

    #stayvigilant

  • potatorocks

    There is no indication the group knew he was gay or that they went to harm gay people.  
    I believe a gay and lesbian group from atlanta has  attended some of the trials in support of his partner who has no rights due to Mississippi law.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Then IMO they need to sue the state of Mississippi’s ass, all the way up to the Supreme Court, to have this ridiculous law overturned – this case to me is a prime example for laws such as this to be struck down… he had a long term stable relationship and a child who have had their world torn apart, for ‘sport’… I’m fired up, going to contact the Poverty Law Center to see what support I can offer… this case is disgusting on many levels, but if there is any justice to come out of it, Mr. Anderson’s partner and his daughter will see it.

  • Tess

    If only life was such that we knew that the baggage we began collecting at 15 would follow us around the rest of our lives.  I have absolutely no opinion on Skylar as far as what she is being “accused” of here on the board, I don’t have a clue as to what she did or didn’t know or what her own racial leanings are.

    What I find a little disheartening is that whatever occurred in the 3 years she was involved with this person will haunt her for the rest of her life and may cause her irreparable damage as far as her own dreams, things we never seem to think of when we are in our teens and forming our views of other people.

    Its like life requires us to be absolutely politically correct as we exit the womb.  There is no tolerance for any shortcomings and we should “know” to conduct ourselves from the very beginning as though our entire futures depended on it.  And the truth is that I, like many, have lots of skeletons in my closet that I wish I wouldn’t have ever been connected with and I truly wish that at 15 I would have known all about the world and what a judgmental place it really is.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    If this is true, why has the gay angle been downplayed?  Can these thugs be charged for double hate crimes?

    The “gay angle” has been downplayed because it was irrelevant to the crime. The people who killed James Craig Anderson did not know he was gay and therefore did not target him for being gay. They targeted him for being African-American. 

    At least one of the articles had a link to the LGBT community’s activism on the relevant issue that Anderson’s partner does not have the same rights as a spouse under Mississippi law. That is an additional, tragic element of the situation. But it doesn’t turn Anderson’s killing into a hate crime against gay people: a hetero African-American person in the same place, at the same time, would have been targeted for the same violence as Anderson was.

  • potatorocks

    I believe Mr. Anderson’s last moments may have been even more terrifying had they known he was gay. 

    Dedmon is the boy that ran over James Anderson. This is a part of an  article written in 2011.

    Brian Richardson, the white pastor at Rankin County’s Castlewoods
    Baptist Church, told reporters after the Anderson slaying that he had
    told police and school officials that his own son had been the victim of
    violent bullying by Dedmon for a period of two years, and that Dedmon
    and his friends frequently targeted people in the community with
    homophobic and racial slurs.

  • Miz

    GLAAD has come forward on the fact that the victim’s long term domestic partner (husband) and their 4 year old child can not be a part of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against his killers. This is due to Mississippi law not recognizing Domestic Partnerships or Same Sex Marriages.

    This was not a hate crime against gays. This man was chosen solely at random because he was black. I applaud the LGBT community for not deterring from the bigger picture here.

  • cheese1

    In my opinion, there was no way Skylar didn’t know at the very least that her boyfriend was a racist and full of senseless hate. If she tolerated it, then she is OK with those beliefs, imo.  Being a teenager from a hick town in the South is no excuse.  

    Her statement is not terribly convincing “I have never committed a hate crime” is just a denial of guilt in a criminal offense – it doesn’t say anything about what kind of person she is. 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Its like life requires us to be absolutely politically correct as we exit the womb.

    “Beating up African-Americans for fun is wrong” doesn’t strike me as a subtle and disputed point of political correctness. Ms. Laine has made a point of her Christian faith — surely somewhere in the Bible, Jesus takes a stand against random violence against people just because they seem like they’d make good victims.

    In any case, I’ve been fairly vocal on not judging Ms. Laine over guesses about what she did or did not know in her teens. But I don’t think it’s unfair to evaluate her current character based on the statements she’s choosing to make now. So far, she has shown no horror at the crime or compassion for the victim’s family. Her statements cover how she’s technically innocent and feels bad for her ex-bf and his family, and then she tweets about what bad luck she has.

    It’s possible, I guess, that 18 or 19 is still too young to grasp that “f*cking up N——” for fun is wrong, and that an otherwise articulate young woman is so naive that she doesn’t understand that a show of compassion would be socially appropriate. If so, Ms. Laine definitely needs some additional years to mature before she embarks on a career, as the people around her certainly aren’t guiding her toward appropriate behavior.

  • Miz

    Tess, I have also been thinking of my early years and how I acted and reacted in various situations. I’ve thought of my upbringing through family, school, community, and church and how my opinions, actions, and ideas were formed.

    I walked away from many friendships because actions I observed were against my moral compass. I was always taught that we have a ‘permanent record’ somewhere. I was taught that we are often judged by the company we keep and that ominous warning of ‘guilt by association’.

    I do have regrets in that sometimes I walked away silently, not letting the people know why. I did speak out on many occasions and was labeled a ‘goody two shoes’. There are worse things in life to be.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    It depends on the crime for me, somebody get caught with a big bag of cocaine, whatever it’s their brain cells.  This is a whole different kettle of fish, the only thing I can say with a degree of confidence, is that within the three year period of dating this guy she knew he and his friends were racists.  It was a group think and culture where even other females were involved, so it was not in the shadows.  As for forgiveness she doesn’t need mine, the only thing I’ll ever do is not buy her music.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But I don’t think it’s unfair to evaluate her current character based on the statements she’s choosing to make now. So far, she has shown no horror at the crime or compassion for the victim’s family. Her statements cover how she’s technically innocent and feels bad for her ex-bf and his family, and then she tweets about what bad luck she has.”

    Exactly, and not only does she tweet about her “bad luck”, but she adds a “ha” at the end of her tweet.

    Skylar Laine ?@Skylar_Laine
    I have horrible luck ha
    Collapse  Reply  Retweet  Favorite
    1:37 PM – 5 Jan 13 · Details

    Yes, because continuing to associate with a guy long after he has pleaded guilty to hate crimes falls into the category of “bad luck” and is most certainly amusing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Thanks Eilonwy… you’re right – this case is a tragedy on so many levels… seems the more you dig, the more tragic it becomes… revelation about that law that prevents Mr. Anderson’s partner and child from having legal standing in this case has really fired me up this morning… like those biblical walls of Jericho, it’s gotta crumble and come down… I was a volunteer in Pres. Obama group of ‘ground gamers’ that worked silently but tirelessly, committed time, energy and effort to seeing him reelected… time to redirect some of that same energy to helping see this injustice struck down… yeah, Ima closet windmill tilter, in between my day job as an asshole cynic.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Thanks for the info Miz… a lot of this info that’s surfacing is new to me, and I admit it has struck the rawest of nerve.. I want all the info and facts I can get, so I’m going to take a little time this morning offline to contact some folk to see where I can put my voice and energy to help bring some justice to this victims family and child…

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • Tess

    I abhor everything about this crime and I wish Skylar wasn’t involved even in the periphery.  But, as much as I detest bigotry and hatred I know that it exists and that many of my own family have views that I consider aberrant, do I stop my association with all of them because their beliefs differ from mine.

    Skylar may have known of her boyfriend’s beliefs but did she know that he was taking action on those beliefs…that is the relevant question, I think.  Did she know that he and his friends were targeting black people on their boys night out…personally I don’t think that kind of behavior is the thing a boy would mention to his girlfriend.  Case in point: my BFF in highschool dated a boy from another school who she thought was the best guy around and come to find out a few years later that he was a mastermind in a child pornography ring and was sent up river for years.  Did she have a clue that he was a pedeophile, absolutely not.

    I have no way of “knowing” what Skylar’s views are on racism, but it seems pretty certain that she grew up in a place where people weren’t tolerant (to say the least) of people with a different color.  Intolerance is still a world wide phenomenon and bigotry exists everywhere…it’s just that most sane people don’t act on their prejudices and hatred.

    I think the biggest impression any song has ever made on me was this song from South Pacific (the movie which I first saw when I was still in grade school) and its made a lasting impression ever since.  Take a listen…its worth it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJhRYYjHThI

  • http://twitter.com/BuranaBurana Carmina Burana

    While I consider unfair to crucify somebody for what she presumably knew,  it is totally fair to judge her on what she is saying about the episode, which is selfish and beyond inappropriate .  After reading this, I went on to check her twitter, and she really posted this yesterday:
    ?”@Skylar_Laine I have horrible luck ha”Really, young lady? What do you think about the luck of the gentleman who got killed by some stupid people who are very close to you? Add to that a bunch more posts about killing animals + an “Outlaw” tatoo… + waking up everybody laughing loudly.  For me it’s the portrait of a selfish, self absorbed and inappropriate person whose claim to fame will hopefully buried far far away where she can have zero influence on anybody else. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Some come in the world and have it brought into their consciousness from the cradle just how hateful, mean, prejudiced, evil, capricious, cruel, unfair and judgmental a place the world is, and can be – alongside all of the beauty there is in it… delicate balancing act some walk from the cradle reconciling that… some don’t have this priviledged, airy fairy, whitewashed fantasy dream and vision of life… some are shielded and live cocooned away from most people’s everyday reality – until something like this happens to shake them out of their ‘reality’… No One growing up in the Deep South IMO, especially Mississippi, has the luxury of having their heads in the sand concerning its bloodsoaked racially violent history, and that histories lingering effect on the present. Some learn earlier than others that there are consequences for your actions, that these actions may shadow you for the rest of your life – that people judge you for the silliest of things – where you live, the size of your house, the amount of money you make, the way you speak, the color of your skin, etc… 15 is not to early to be aware of the dualities of life, it capriciousness, its unfairness and consequences for actions taken… they’ve locked up, convicted and sentenced to death other young people for various ‘lapses in judgment’… why should any in this circle be exempt?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     *thanks*

    #windmilltiltersnevergiveup

  • girlygirltoo

    It’s not just young men who were involved. It says that there were girls in this circle of friends who also took part in the harassment. It’s not just guys who can be racist or violent.

    I don’t believe that Skylar didn’t know that her boyfriend was racist or that he took part in harassing blacks. I do not know whether she knew specifically about his involvement in this horrific murder, but there’s no way he could cover up his true nature from her for 3 years, which supposedly is how long they dated. 

    Pleading ignorance? Yeah, sorry, not buying it. More like she simply refused to acknowledge what he was like or what her friends were doing. Out of peer pressure, maybe — or just because she wanted to be in that circle of friends? Who knows. But there’s no way she could hang around those boys and girls for that length of time and have no clue what they were talking about or doing, even if she never took part in it.

    The saddest part of this — aside from the fact that an innocent man was brutally murdered — is that there are still parts of this country where racism is able to openly flourish, even cheered (not publicly, maybe, but still cheered)

  • potatorocks

    There are people we must associate with..relatives, coworkers, inlaws.

    There are people we choose to associate with…friends.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Skylar may have known of her boyfriend’s beliefs but did she know that he was taking action on those beliefs…that is the relevant question, I think.”

    I think that the fact the Skylar continued to associate with her BF AFTER he had pleaded guilty to hate crimes answers that question.

  • girlygirltoo

    I personally know several women who have remained in abusive relationships, even though I, and some of their other friends, have tried multiple times to get them to leave their abusive partner. So to think that someone will walk away from a relationship once their partner reveals his or her true (violent, racist, or whatever other type of bad) nature is sadly, simply rather naive. These women know exactly what their partner’s true nature is, yet they stay with them anyway. So I don’t buy the idea that Skylar was ignorant of what her boyfriend and these other kids were like. Especially because it doesn’t sound like they took any pains to hide what they were like.

    I don’t think anyone is blaming Skylar for this murder. The question is how much she knew, either before the murder or afterward, and why she hasn’t told the police what she knew (if anything). The other question is why she would be involved with people like this is the first place. Was she that hard up for friends when she was 15, 16 years old? Did she succumb to peer pressure? What?

  • Tess

    With respect for your point of view I’ve lived long enough to KNOW that even with the best training, the strictest upbringing, and all the knowledge in the world that teenage minds aren’t always completely conscious of cause and effect.  I’m not referring to those who delve into unlawfulness and commit crimes…”lapses in judgment” for them should be treated with the full force of the law, but there is a certain gray area where people are slow to understand that their belief system and what they have been taught by their peers and even their own families isn’t tolerated by the mass world out there.  I have a teenage friend who is totally convinced that blacks are still paying for the sin of Cain and that gays are not born gay but “choose” that lifestyle and that asians are still fighting world war II…she comes from deeply religious parents.  She is a pretty, blond haired cheerleader that wouldn’t be caught dead talking to anyone of color or who is gay or who has almond shaped eyes.  When I see her we have long talks about her beliefs and I try and “make her see the light” (from my point of view) but she isn’t having any of it. And someday she’ll learn that what she believes isn’t how it is but until then she will make her life choices based on those beliefs.

    It’s nice when 15 year old kids “get it” but, my point is, that as much as we say that “they” should know they sometimes don’t.

    If Skylar is guilty it is of the loyalty she showed her boyfriend after he was charged with a crime.  Of course, in hindsight, many say she should have walked away then.  But it is easy to judge her courses of action when you are removed from the emotion of the situation…it isn’t always easy to understand why people “stay” when they do.  Just ask any woman who has been physically abused why they stay.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “If Skylar is guilty it is of the loyalty she showed her boyfriend after he was charged with a crime.”

    Correction. Her BF pleaded guilty to hate crimes, was not just charged with hate crimes, and Skylar continued to voluntarily associate with him, until he broke up with her. Fast forward to her recent statements about her BF and she expresses sympathy of him, but no condemnation of him nor compassion for the victims.

  • Tess

    You don’t have to associate with anyone whose views differ from your own…not your family, your business associates, or your inlaws.  And its pretty hard to abandon friends once a bond has been formed.  I think it would be a pretty sad world out there if I chose to associate only with people who had the same belief structures as me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Also….

    ““Cynicism is the last refuge of the idealist.”—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

  • Axxxel

    There are people we must associate with..relatives, coworkers, inlaws.
    There are people we choose to associate with…friends.

    There are people we must associate with… neighbours, customers, suppliers, relatives of boss and colleagues, friends of parents, friends of inlaws. We have no idea how this ex-boyfriend is related to her, besides just being the boyfriend.This may be one of the reasons why Skylar tries to be careful with her statements… People of her community may not always appreciate what she is saying. To escape their judgement, she can always move out of her small town but e.g. her parents won’t and will experience the backlash.. .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Loyalty… just devil’s advocating here… from a historical perspective, is Skylar’s ‘stand by your man’, ‘just being loyal to my man and his friends’ stance – (and that adopted by the people who stand by silently, collaborate with and enable those to commit murder, mayhem and other atrocities) -  akin to that of, I dunno… Eva Braun?  Eva never gave direct orders to murder anyone, never oversaw or helped implement her boyfriend’s  Master Plan – but history accords her the same infamy and revulsion as her boyfriend and his cronies… Dunno how much ‘choice’ Eva had to kick her boyfriend to the curb… and we know how she ended up… AFAIK, Skylar didn’t have anyone literally of figuratively holding a gun to her head to stay w/her boyfriend, or to walk away from him and that circle of thugs… unless the ‘birds of a feather flock together’ old saw is true? just free form devil’s advocating and sussing out this mess from every aspect…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Busted! *wink*

  • potatorocks

    I agree it is hard to break bonds with people when you find out you just can’t accept something about them.   But it is necessary to do so. 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I think it would be a pretty sad world out there if I chose to associate only with people who had the same belief structures as me.

    Y’know, I’m all for diversity in one’s friends, but I feel no emptiness in my life at the lack of pals who think it’s fun to go out and beat up African-Americans (or, since I live in Arizona, Latinos). 

    The issue with Ms. Laine’s circle of friends is not what they privately believed. It’s that their form of entertainment on a dull weekend night was to act on their beliefs by committing assault. Their behavior would have been illegal even without hate crime laws.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    IMO, differences of opinions and attitudes among friends and acquaintances are often welcome, and can expand one’s own POV and give insight into how others can regard life. However, everyone has deal breakers when it comes to their voluntarily relationships with people. I would consider that knowingly continuing to associate with someone who had pleaded to hate crimes shows that the mindset that attacking blacks for fun is an “acceptable” difference of opinion and not a dealbreaker, and that tells me a lot about the person who finds that “acceptable”.

  • Tess

    And Rihanna is back with the man who beat her within an inch of her life.  And thousands of women support their boyfriends and husbands who are in prison.  My neighbors son blew up two people with bombs disguised as innocent packages because he thought they were on to his forgeries, and his parents emotionally supported him through it all.  

    I see the world as a whole lot of shades of gray…nothing is as black and white as it seems and I choose not to condemn people because of something someone else did.  Until someone can prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt that Skylar was implicated in the hate crimes and knew about all of the incidents and did not report them then I, too, will judge her guilty.  Until then I will forgive her for being human, though as a “celebrity” of sorts she doesn’t seem to be allowed to be that…superwoman or nothing.

  • nncw

    “It takes a village to raise a child’” How can it be that these young adults had a moral code which made it okay for them to do this kind of violence targeting black people. When I grew up as a minority with a physical defect my mother would say when other children or adults taunted me that they were just stupid and not to take note of what they were saying . Well it worked for me then – it put the blame on them and I was not at fault. Of course now I realize it wasn’t that – they weren’t perhaps actually stupid but that these people just had problems that I would not want for myself – they were bullies, they were close minded, they were acting on the part of their nature that was mean spirited. It comes back to the need to raise children and help children so crimes of hate are not fostered anywhere in our society.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Until someone can prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt that Skylar was implicated in the hate crimes and knew about all of the incidents and did not report them then I, too, will judge her guilty.”

    Oh, I see that you are “moving the goal posts”. lol Now, Skylar has to be “implicated in the hate crimes and knew about all of the incidents and did not report them”, to avoid any criticism. OK, then.

  • potatorocks

    This is a good point.  

  • wordnerdarchie

    Could be.  Just look at the story of those members of the football team that  drugged and gang raped that girl in Ohio.  Seems like the whole community drug its feet in bringing those boys to justice until that hacker group posted the boy’s video where they were joking about it as it was going on.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     She has willingly chosen her bed, so when Beat Her Down Brown goes off on her again, and he will, she gets what she gets… *shrugs* I don’t want to sound cruel, don’t want to see her hurt, or God forbid worse, but she has willingly chosen this self destructive relationship over common sense or any sense of self respect or worth – it is what it is… sure, there are lotsa others out there doing just as she is doing, but without the economic resources or means of support available to leave that situation… yes, there are lots of shades of grey in the world… alongside some things that for many are black and white… there is room for compassion, understanding, mercy, forgiveness… I don’t believe in blind faith or loyalty to anyone or anything at the expense of sometimes being willing to stand up and do what’s right, even when it hurts… This coming from a someone who had their 1st cousin’s Mother (my aunt) turn their ass in for their involvement in a series of stupid teenage crimes that resulted in serious injury to a victim… I may not have been around as long as you have, but I’ve seen enough of both sides of the coin and the world to know how it works… the shades of grey and the black and white… the ‘black and white’ thinking of my aunt saved my stupid ass cousins life in the long run, forcing him to take ownership of his decisions and his life and begin to make better choices… he did.

  • Tess

    I agree. Somehow I fail to see how it is “sad” that I don’t associate with people with this mindset, and that I would be deprived of some kind of life enrichment as a result.

    It would sure be simpler on me If I could just was my hands of everyone who has transgressed in this lifetime.  A lot less heartache.  But I choose to, in effect, to compartmentalize my relationships and to decide what I can and can’t tolerate.  If I had chosen to judge everyone by my own set of morals and my own moral compass I’m afraid that I wouldn’t have any friends left.  None of them are perfect, their families aren’t perfect and their extended friends aren’t perfect.  I accept them for what I find enriching about them and, like I have been carefully taught, I chose not to dwell on their faults but on their positives.  I am a realist living in a real world with what I consider real people.  

    Others may choose to condemn Skylar and her choices and that is their right based on all of our inherent rights of freedom of choice.  I try to remember that someday I may walk in her shoes and I would love it if others treated me fairly.  I choose not to be judge and jury and hangman…just how I float my boat.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that I understand now. It appears that your realm of tolerance for others ‘not being perfect’ includes people who attack blacks for fun, and as long as they have other opinions or attitudes that enrich your life, that you are perfectly OK with associating with them. Moreover, you seem to regard it as somehow morally superior to discount or not “dwell on” their faults, but focus on “their positives”.  Interesting. Does your tolerance also include pedophiles and rapists, as long as they enrich your life somehow?

  • girlygirltoo

    Or look at what’s happened in India. It took the public gang rape and subsequent death of a woman to finally get that country’s government to finally publicly address the way women have been treated there for centuries.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    It’s pretty simple to me, but mebbe I’m crazy, lol… (1)  don’t knowingly or willingly associate with thugs who think it fun or sport to harass, hurt and kill people for no reason, other than their race or sexual orientation – most folk don’t think that’s a good look… (2) don’t stay friends with or be seen in the company of know killers and collaboraters – kinda tries folks compassion or sympathy for you when the shyte hits the fan… (3) don’t willingly be in the presence of people who spew vile hatred and act on it – with murder as the end result… not acceptable in most civilized societies… (4) silence =complicity in most quarters… 

  • Pippygirl

    There are legitimate concerns about “hate crimes” because a person is being punished not only for what they do but for what they think. Now people want Skylar, who has not been even accused of a crime, to be punished or condemned for what she might be thinking?  I just am not comfortable with that scenario.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    RE:  Skylar’s career

    It’s TOAST.  For at least the next 5 – 10 years.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if the reason why labels passed on her is because this story has been following her around.  And also the reason why her management dropped her.

    She’s a liability, plain and simple.  It’s hard enough to launch a new artist.  And labels take a huge financial risk when taking on a new artist.  Even a squeeky clean angel. The LAST thing they’re going to do is take on a singer with the stench of racism and hate crimes sticking to her.  

    You may think it’s unfair but she’s a PR nightmare right now.  And as an unknown, untested quantity, she’s just not worth the risk.

    Skylar should put those record label dreams on pause right now.  She clearly has a HELL of a lot of growing up to do.  Least of all, learning to comprehend the depth of hate she chose to associate with.  It’s a huge, bitter pill to swallow and I think right now she’s choking on it and in denial.

  • Tess

    Thank you for attacking me on this thread…your way of twisting my words is appreciated.  Have a nice day.

  • girlygirltoo

    I agree that it’s a good idea to have diversity in your friendships and other relationships. If everyone thought exactly the same, it would be very boring.

    But on the other hand, what sort of “transgression” or “diversity” would be serious enough to disassociate yourself from your friend or family member? For me personally, there is a huge difference between staying friends with someone who might have be a habitual shop lifter, for example, and staying friends with someone who commits hate crimes. Both are transgressions, no doubt, but, at least in my opinion, one is far uglier and more serious than the other.

    Sometimes you have to be willing to break bonds with friends, family, etc., no matter how hard it might be.

    Just my two cents.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No “twisting of words” was necessary at all. I think that you have made your own mindset very clear here.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    ONCE AGAIN. Do NOT put words in the mouths of fellow commenters or QUESTION THEIR MOTIVES.

    ETA: I WILL BAN longtime commenters who are purposely disregarding the guidelines

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I would suggest to Skylar that she goes to college as far away from her hometown as possible.  Maybe major in music if that still her passion.  And chose a school with some diversity.  Because maybe if she’s around other races and ethnic groups long enough, she might finally realize the depth of hate she’s been steeped by hanging around those racist criminals most of her life.  Because it’s obvious to me she still hasn’t bought a clue.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Wow. This is sure a hot topic. That’s a good thing I guess, indifference would probably be bad.

    1. I seriously doubt she didn’t know dude and his friends were racists or that they took trips to mess with folks. They were high school sweethearts for 3 years. His friends even bragged about the trip that ended up in Anderson’s death. They went out AGAIN after that, and he came. She continued dating him long after the story broke. She was still talking to his friends after they had been charged. She knew.

    2. That said, because she was so young and she knew this guy forever, I can’t say what SHE feels and condemn her forever for how she handled it. I am very disappointed in her. I doubt I will ever look at her the same again. But young girls sometimes date absolute jerks, or ignore what would be deal breakers for an adult. Some teens have it together and some don’t. If he was nice to her and treated her like gold and she saw a tender guy when they were alone… I mean, even R. Kelly is married, and he peed on teenage girls. Chris Brown has 2 women fighting over him as we speak. Charlie Sheen could marry tomorrow if he wanted. This crap happens.

    It just makes me sad. I wonder what Josh feels like right now? Oddly enough I’m worried about HIM right now. I wouldn’t know what to think if I were him.

  • bridgette12

    I’m sure Josh has to be shocked by this. She was all up in his grill while on the show, but at the same time she was dating a racist that committed hate crimes. 

  • elliegrll

    My mom always told me and my sisters that people will judge you by the company that you keep.  Maybe that’s why I don’t have a problem with not being friends with people whose idea of fun is hurting other people.  Even if I hadn’t been raised with that admonition, I doubt that I would overlook this type of behavior, or consider the people in Skylar’s inner circle to be the type of people that I’d be friends with.

  • elliegrll

    I don’t think that Skylar’s problem is that people will think that she should be punished or blamed, it’s just that as tinawina posted, given the timeline and known facts, it will be hard for people to see Skylar in a good light.  This reveals her character, and how she viewed the situation.  It’s not just that these people in her circle were being blamed for a crime, it’s that they bragged about what happened that night, and she still kept them on as friends and boyfriend.  That doesn’t make her look good.  It’s hard not to come to some conclusions about her, and how she felt about the situation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    When I was a kid growing up, My Mom and Dad and Grandparents wouldn’t let us hang out with or be alone in the company of FAMILY MEMBERS, let alone friends or acquaintances, who they didn’t trust, or had reputations for being or starting trouble, lol… We grew up hearing that ‘be careful of the company you keep’ admonition a lot, and doggone if the majority of their admonishments regarding that didn’t turn out to be true… another sad but true way the world works…

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I’m mostly in the same boat right now.  I’m certainly not ready to condemn Skylar for life, but at the same time this obviously does color how I look at her and will going forward.  Not that I was one that was all that likely to buy her music anyway, but I did like what I had seen of her for the most part.  Short of all the outlaw nonsense.  Her reaction to the news breaking has been disheartening and I wish she would shut up on her twitter.  No, she’s not talking about this much, but what she is talking about is not helping her reputation.  Then again, nobody seems to be giving her much grief anyway.

    I’d honestly suspect that unless her idol friends find out that she was somehow actively involved or Skylar admits actively knowing about the crimes or etc., they will likely stick by her to some extent.  At least publicly.  They will likely know as little about what really happened as we do, at least where Skylar is involved.  Though the fact that she was still dating this guy through much of idol means they have all likely been around him and even hung out with him at some point.  If he had a problem with those of other races, we’re not even just talking about Josh.  Though I understand the argument is that Skylar and Josh were supposedly super close on the show and that is why the emphasis is on Josh.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

     Because maybe if she’s around other races and ethnic groups long enough, she might finally realize the depth of hate she’s been steeped in by hanging around those racist criminals most of her life.

    Yes, perhaps now she’ll be old enough to gain from exposure to diversity. When she played “young Eponine” in the touring company of Les Miz — and toured worldwide — she was extremely young and may not have appreciated the larger world she was seeing.

  • fantoo1

    Maybe Josh already knew since they were great friends.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    “Those who knew Dedmon and his friends say
    they exhibited violent, racist attitudes”:

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/22/us/mississippi-hate-crime-teens/index.html

  • Chris

    She’s 18, 19 I don’t think anyone wants to condemn her for life.  But as they say, trying to avoid the hard questions and flippant tweets usually does more harm than good. 

    Everyone can change, many of the posts have suggested she just take some years off, go to school.  Come back smarter, wiser, and hopefully with a better set of friends.

  • JudyOhio

    What I’m going to say is probably a stretch, but here goes anyway.  Skylar and her boyfriend’s “relationship” spans a few years, through high school no less, and I’m surprised nobody else during that time turned her head (or his).  The “could” have, over time, developed an extremely dysfunctional relationship.  Skylar appears spunky, like a person who’d take nothing from anybody.  However, just maybe she did from him.  Perhaps he was a controller, perhaps he threatened her with many things, including silence regarding his activities.  Maybe those threats were severe.  Maybe she never left him out of fear of what he might do to her (just like battered wifes fear leaving their threatening husbands).  I find it interesting that her boyfriend even controlled the break up, HE broke up with her.  Just wondering outloud if Skylar feared him through all this and just kept silent.  She was also involved in the AI competition which I’m sure allowed her to mentally and physically avoid the mess in her home town.  I’ve never been a Skylar fan, just find that I too started to speculate on this.  Skylar appears tough, hunts, talks sassy (until just recently of course).  Her personality could have been a front to protect an otherwise fragile person…you never know.  Maybe she kept her head in the sand and hoped she would never be asked about it.  Her boyfriend could have held her in tight control with possible bullying and/or threatening behavior.  It surprises me Skylar would stay with him until HE broke it off….just doesn’t make sense, unless there is more to the story of their 3-year relationship.

    Now, if she went along, kept their secrets, enjoyed their bad boy selves, held racist feelings, etc. etc., then that’s a WHOLE ‘NOTHER STORY indeed.

    Just speculating, thanks.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    From what I can find:

    http://skoutlawsandholliepops.weebly.com/about-skylar.html

     

    When I was 7, 8, and 9 years old, I went on two national
    Broadway tours. The first tour was Annie and I played Molly. The second was Les
    Miserables and I played Young Cosette and Young Eponine. These were such life
    changing experiences for me. I had the opportunity to travel to almost every
    state in the US and to Canada, China, and Korea to perform in these shows. I
    established a love for Broadway music and I still love it today.

     Another
    important milestone on Laine’s road to Idol
    was her participation in Berklee’s
    Five-Week Summer Performance Program in the summer of 2010.

  • potatorocks

    This article speaks of 20 or 30 kids being a part of the group and past members of the group being afraid for their lives if they spoke out. 
     
      This could be 50 years ago.  

  • potatorocks

    She was not a sheltered small town southern girl with no experiences but she may have gotten herself into something at 15 that was very difficult to get out of and now is reluctant to speak out about because she would not necessarily have the community or even law enforcement support.  

  • bridgette12

    I’m sure the she told Josh that her boyfriend of three years and his buddies who she hung around with, harrassed and assaulted black men over a long period of time and eventually actually killed a black man. She probably even answered the question that she wouldn’t answer to a reporter and the same one that her own mother wouldn’t answer which was  if she knew about his hates crimes.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    She was not a sheltered small town southern girl with no experiences but she may have gotten herself into something at 15 that was very difficult to get out of and now is reluctant to speak out about because she would not necessarily have the community or even law enforcement support.  

    Judging from the chilling article that Taylor posted, it sure sounds like Dedmon’s pals were the popular kids, and the adults were fine with their activities.

    I can’t fault a teenage girl for being unable to oppose the norms of her entire community.

    At the same time, I don’t think it’s unfair that Ms. Laine should have to demonstrate that she’s grown beyond those norms if she’s to have a viable country music career. Disassociating oneself from hatred and violence as an adult is not an unduly burdensome expectation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Appears that EVERYBODY in that town, including the police and Mayor, knew these thugs to be racist and violent… they just looked the other way. Those mealy mouth apologistic utterings of these beasts ‘being good kids but making bad mistakes’??? Did the whole Civil Rights movement and the 20th century pass these people by?

     Is it too late to let this embarrassment of a state, and those others with such blatant backward thinking Neanderthal mindsets secede? I’m about 30% serious.

  • bridgette12

    It’s the mindset that as long as it’s not happening to me or mine, they didn’t care. You have all of these kids who knew about this and did nothing, Skyler included. Their parents who had to have some part in the shaping of these monsters, did nothing. These are not good kids making bad mistakes, it’s predators hunting down other people for the fun of it.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Wow, sounds like the whole town was in on it.  What a poisonous atmosphere to grow up in. So either she doesn’t grasp or care what happened or she’s terrified to speak out.  This girl needs to get the heck out of dodge.

  • potatorocks

    My first thought was pick up your guitar, walk away and don’t look back.
    But without knowing what SKylar really thinks it could just be spreading this intolerance to another community.   And it doesn’t help to change  Brandon, Mississippi.   I have no idea what her path should be at this point. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I smell the mighty hand of Idol flexing its media muscle to keep a tight lid on this and the coverage it gets… as not to take away from important stuff… like the upcoming big splashy premiere and season… wouldn’t want anything besmirching the Idol brand right now like rednecks and racists and a little thing called murder would we know? I mean, it’s fun humiliating that guy on national TV last year and kicking him off, but something really salacious and newsworthy like this Idol connected story – chile, bye!

    #sarcasminoverdivebutnotreally

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     True.  Either she doesn’t give a sh*t what they did or she’s too scared to speak out.  I don’t know her so I don’t know which.  But that still doesn’t change the fact that she probably knew a whole lot and did nothing.

  • KatMyers

    I’ve always liked Skylar and have refrained from commenting because I hadn’t much knowledge of the matter.  Now that I have reading various articles about the murder and Dominick, I find it almost impossible to believe Skylar knew nothing.  Here is a quote from a recent article:

    “The night of Anderson’s death, Dedmon, Butler and Rice were attending Dominick’s birthday party bonfire in Puckett, where they discussed with Dominick their intention to go to Jackson to harass and assault black people.”  http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130103/NEWS/130103004/6th-Rankin-man-charged-federal-hate-crime-case

    Anderson’s death occured in June 2011, so almost a year before the actual break up.  In light of the fact that there were discussions at Dominick’s party, and as his gf, I find it hard to believe that Skylar was not there and that she knew nothing about their activities.  I always wondered why RaeLynn, with much less talent, secured a recording contract while Skylar couldn’t.  It now makes sense why Skylar hasn’t got a contract and has lost management.  

    I have no words … very disappointing.  The fact that she was “only 17″ is a poor excuse.  If that isn’t old enough to know right from wrong, especially where assault and murder are concerned then I don’t know … I just don’t know.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Idol’s hands can only reach so far.  They probably have dealings with TMZ and some entertainment shows but REAL news organizations?  Although, AI is on Fox, Fox = Rupert Murdoch, and Rupert has got his fingers in EVERYTHING media wise.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    One wonders, you know? I just want there to be some real justice for the victim, and his family – and the brightest of spotlights and attention to be put on Brandon, Mississippi and its occupants -  and other towns like it in this country that still nurture, condone and enable this kind of cowardly, animalistic behavior.

  • potatorocks

    Soul searching and change.  Skylar could be a part of that.

  • girlygirltoo

    If Skylar was directly involved in the hate crimes or was being charged with withholding evidence from the police or something, TMZ would be all over this story. I don’t think Idol has the ability to block TMZ from running with a story they think will get them hits/viewers. But since her involvement is indirect, and her ex didn’t participate in the beating/murder, the story might not have enough of a “hook” for TMZ. They are all about stories that will get them hits/viewers. Justin Bieber getting caught smoking “pot” will get TMZ far more attention than this story.

  • journey1

    This just makes me sick that in this day and age, we still have people who think they are better than others because of the color of their skin. their religion, or their sexual preference.  I was raised in a small town in Illinois years ago where there were no black families for miles around, but had I ever said anything negative about someone of color, I would have been in big trouble with my family.  I just can’t believe this went on so long.  What were their parents doing during this time.  They obviously either didn’t care what they were doing, or they were too busy doing their own thing to keep any sort of watch on what the kids were up to.  Boys brag…so this was no big secret.

  • Chris

    I just remembered, Skylar’s family owned a local store/restaurant.  I am sure part of the quiet is self preservation.  Believe me, I know its weak, but in their town, these boys were just “railroaded” by the FBI.  This town and greater MS are the ones that have supported Skylar’s album (not all before anyone jumps on me) and their store.  The Laine’s have a financial interest in the status quo.

    That really sucks but I don’t see them stepping out against racism or any broad statements because they don’t want to bite the potentially racist hand that feeds them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Sad, but true…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Sad, but true… I know exactly where you’re coming from – and kudos to you and girlygirl and others for having the courage to tell it like it is, straight up w/no chaser…  real talk, for a very real situation.

  • girlygirltoo

    Skylar has a concert tonight. I wonder if any reporters will show up for this 

    ChristmasIceMs

    #TONIGHT @Skylar_Laine will hit the Trustmark stage at 8PM! Don’t miss it, the weather should be perfect for our last night together!

  • BonnieDee

    I think it’s more likely what MJ said earlier.  Skylar just isn’t that popular, so TMZ isn’t bothering.  

  • usedtobelucy

    “How can it be that these young
    adults had a moral code which made it okay for them to do this kind of
    violence targeting black people. When I grew up as a minority with a
    physical defect my mother would say when other children or adults
    taunted me that they were just stupid and not to take note of what they
    were saying .”

    Good job by your mother.

    Here, I’m guessing, we have the other side — people who grew up in the bosom of an angry majority who subtly or not subtly made it plain that their kind *deserved* to taunt (and worse) the lesser people. And that the lesser people deserve it.

    Sickening to think that there are families and social groups where kids get this message, but, as Tess’s song noted, “you’ve got to be taught.” I don’t believe that these kids were behaving outside of their cultural influences in actions so premeditated and vile as happened here. What they did wasn’t really kidlike, to me. It expressed the cultural norms they live in, I’m betting.

  • Valarie

    I don’t think Idol has any interest in protecting Skyler. I have always suspected the Idol machine of handing this type of story to the press when they no longer have an interest in a past contestant. It should definitely stop any other management company from picking her up.

    Why foes this story c

  • usedtobelucy

    “Those mealy mouth apologistic utterings of these beasts ‘being good kids
    but making bad mistakes’??? Did the whole Civil Rights movement and the
    20th century pass these people by? ”

    I’m sure it didn’t just pass them by but that they’re quite angry about it. They wouldn’t take the same kinds of actions these kids did, probably. But the kids are like the boil that explodes form the internal infection, i expect.

    An alarming amount of that in America, unfortunately.

  • Happyhexer

    Since you’re speculating, ever notice how Skylar overreacted to AI’s attempt to pair her with Colton, like she was trying to reassure her boyfriend back home?  It struck me at the time as “off,” like the relationship was dysfunctional.  Most contestants would probably call their boyfriend/girlfriend after the show and laugh about AI’s machinations.  Why did Skylar feel the need to publicly reassure him on national TV through her words and actions?  You may be onto something.  I’ll bet her boyfriend was controlling at a minimum.

  • potatorocks

    I would like to thank everyone who has posted here–including those who were moderated —people from overseas, new americans, americans from the south, people older and younger, people of different cultures and ethnicity.  I needed some help to sort through this and every single comment was valuable to me.
    I have been at MJ’s a long time.  I have never really expressed my appreciation for the people here.  Thank you.

  • artemis112

    One particularly disturbing aspect of this hate crime is that this gang of racist bullies went searching for homeless or drunk people, in other words, the defenseless ones, the weak, the impaired, the mentally ill. People who can’t fight back.
    When I heard about this the other day, my first thought was that Skylar couldn’t possibly have known about her boyfriend’s actions. I liked her on the show and think she is talented. Teenage boys do things when they’re out drinking with the guys that they don’t tell their girlfriends. But as I have read the news articles and looked at the timeline of events, it has become harder to defend her. If she didn’t know about this all along, when it became public knowledge she continued the relationship.
    I have no idea what she thinks about it now. Her brief statement sounds like something a lawyer advised her to say.

  • fantoo1

    I just looked up the demographics for Brandon(her hometown), and there was a 12% black population-So it’s not like she grew up in an all white city.

  • Jaejae1

    I don’t know why Skylar or these kids should be excused because of their age.  A 15-18 yo may not exhibit good judgement on occassion but they know right from wrong.  Those kids, and the ones who associated with them and knew what was going on, just didn’t see anything wrong with what they did. Whether it was the herd mentality or just the fact that they truly were so indoctrinated that they thought that what went on was ok and that they wouldn’t get caught…it’s not an excuse. I think this general attitude in our country that teens are not responsible for their behavior is so wrong. I will go so far as to say that that attitude is the main problems with teens in western culture, particularly in America.  No one should be condemned for life but really, they should be held responsible for actions or inactions that lead to the loss of someones life or in any other way that causes harm.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    Well we will always have many POV on issues like this.  Speaking only for myself, many have made valid points about age, culture of a town or area and even fears about straying from a cultural dogma and even infatuation over a guy , but I really don’t care.  Hate and racism are so ignorant and vile I have no time for any of those type of people in my life, whether it’s friends, family or someone I support in their careers.  I find it hard to understand someone who invokes God and faith and then is involved even indirectly in such things, the two don’t jive.  Do I believe in forgiveness, of course I do.  But for me that doesn’t come from an apology or explanation, it comes from redemption and that will takes several years and many actions demonstrating that change.

  • irockhard

    I think you might be right, this story has the potential to be a PR nightmare so it’s no wonder no record label/management firm will touch her with a 10 foot pole, at least for now.

    I enjoyed Skylar on the show and think she’s very talented. TBH she was the only country contestant on Idol that I ever liked, she was fierce and entertaining. I hope that she will have a music career in the not too distant future, maybe in a few years, when this blows over and after some hustling in Nashville.

    As for Skylar’s involvement with the dude, yeah it doesn’t make her look good, but more than that I can’t say as I don’t know all the details.

  • KatMyers

    Pretty sad really, isn’t it?  

    The thing is, having read a bunch of news articles about this, I have a hard time buying she didn’t know and/or she was possibly afraid to break up with him (a la battered woman syndrome).  She was away for a long period of time while on Idol.  She could have broken up with him without fear of reprisal when she went on Idol, but instead she stayed with him until he broke up with her.  And her statement bogles the mind with her expressing concern for the ex and his family.  Methinks the deceased man and any other victims of these hooligans deserve much more concern than Dominick et al yet no such concern or thought is expressed.  Very disappointed in this girl.  There are many more deserving young artists to support.  The more I read, the more I’m inclined to think Ms. Laine is not one of them.  SMH.

  • irockhard

    Like I said I’m not going to jump to any conclusions. What I can say is that when it comes to small towns and closely knit communities there is usually at least one family that is very powerful and influential in said town/community. These families make large contributions to the town/community and have friends in the highest places of these towns/communities and getting on their bad side can bring unpleasant consequences, not just to yourself but to your own family as well. I don’t know if the Dominicks are such a family but it’s interesting that Skylar got engaged to someone else almost immediately after Dominick broke up with her.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    After reading some of these articles, I have a hard time believing Skylar had no knowledge of her boyfriend’s racist beliefs (if not his activities). He ran with a crowd that routinely targeted black people and bragged about it. Even if she had never discussed it with him, she’d have to live under a rock not to know. I don’t think she’s that stupid.  Her responses are not all that encouraging, either.  Too bad. I can’t say that I would blame any record company for not wanting her to represent their label.  Ideally she will learn from this experience, but I’m not all that hopeful that she will.

  • KatMyers

    And equally interesting that between May 2012 when he broke up with her and now, he got married ….

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Let’s just say I don’t find it entirely coincidental that Skylar just resurfaced on twitter to post a picture of she and Joshua together with a tweet about how much she misses him.   No mentions of other idols.  Make of it what you will. 

  • irockhard

    I’m not going base my judgements on her statement here as it appears to be what her attorney told her to say.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Maybe, she’s realizing that this tweet didn’t go over very well:

    https://twitter.com/Skylar_Laine/status/287628814740250624

    Skylar Laine ?@Skylar_Laine
    I have horrible luck ha1:37 PM – 5 Jan 13

    Unfortunately, I do NOT think that her tweets about JHud and the lyrics to Born This Way are spontaneous. They seem quite calculated to me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I would think that a good attorney woud have advised some statement of compassion for the victim of the crime.

  • KatMyers

    After the seemingly feeble denials, methinks the lady doth protest too much lol.

  • bridgette12

    I think she needs to use a real old fashion technique to help with this situation, it’s called “TELLING THE WHOLE TRUTH”. No half truths, no avoiding questions that you don’t want to answer, no shifting the blame and certainly on selective amnesia on her part about what happened at that party and what was said on the night that man was killed. She needs to just say it and deal with the consequences and get on with her life. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree, but I think that it’s too late for that since she’s already denied any knowledge of her ex’s hate crimes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    So far, it has not made it’s way to the mainstream press.  I would not have known about it if I had not checked here.  Maybe she is not a big enough fish for the non-Idol press to care about. But she should stop talking for awhile, because that will certainly get some interested who might not have been before.  Just shut up and stay quiet for awhile.

  • Reflects On Life

    I’m curious as to why this story is breaking only now, when the events happened prior to AI 11?  Even the CNN story was published in Oct ’11.  Skylar’s bf’s association could have easily been uncovered or at least been suspected of.  Even the fact that Skylar came from the same town as the accused should have lead someone to dig a little.  Why did AI go after Jermaine and not Skylar?  Why did the blogosphere and the fandom (“outlaws”) not uncover this during Skylar’s AI tenure?