After Rudy Giuliani is unmasked onstage, the popular Fox series is facing criticism from judges and fans alike.
By: Samantha Bravo
On January 26th, Fox has announced that the seventh season of “The Masked Singer” will premiere on March 9th, 2022. While some fans are excited for the new season, others are threatening to boycott the entire show before the first episode is even released.
“The Masked Singer” is a reality TV series that is known for its dramatic reveals of celebrities disguised in elaborate costumes. The show has recently come under fire due to the news that the former mayor of New York and Former President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney, Rudy Giuliani, might be one of its new contestants.
“Nope. Sorry,” Susan Rivet, a former fan, posted on Twitter. “My family loved the show, but with the appearance of Rudy Giuliani, we’ll be switching the channel. What’s wrong with you people?”
According to the show’s Twitter account and several teaser trailers, the contestants will be separated into three categories: “The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly.” To add onto the theme, they have also revealed that the costumes that will be featured in the series include a frog prince, a green cyclops, a space bunny, a lemur, a pink baby mammoth, a purple cobra, and a firefly.
The category that Giuliani was placed in, the costume he was wearing and the song that he was singing still remains unclear.
During a taping of one of the episodes, judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke were so upset that they left the panel in protest as soon as he was unmasked. The other judges, Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger, on the other hand, remained onstage chatting with Giuliani until they returned.
When Fox was asked to comment on the reveal, they refused, saying that they are not allowed to reveal “spoilers” for any of their shows.
Since Giuliani has supported Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him after he was defeated by President Joe Biden and has encouraged Trump supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6th, it’s no wonder that “The Masked Singer” is being met with so much criticism.
However, Giuliani isn’t “The Masked Singer”’s first controversial contestant.
During the show’s third season, former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who admitted to opposing the legislation of gay marriage back in 2008, was revealed to be wearing a pink and blue bear costume. She sang “Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-A-Lot and called her appearance on the show “a walking middle finger to the haters.”
“It was all about the mask,” Palin said to host Nick Cannon. “I knew it would be so refreshing and so freeing and well, in a real respectful way, kind of a walking middle finger to the haters out there in the world where I could do whatever I wanted to do and not care what anybody said because they wouldn’t know until after the fact. So, it all worked out.”
On season 5, Youtuber Logan Paul was disguised as a character named “Grandpa Monster”, as he sang “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett.
Before entering the competition, Paul faced a lot of backlash from his fans when he visited the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, which is also known as the “Suicide Forest”. He recorded a suicide victim and uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which he later apologized for.
Even though the fans and the judges were shocked by Paul and Palin’s reveals, their reactions weren’t as strong as the reaction to Giuliani being one of the show’s contestants.
While we still don’t know if Giuliani’s episode will air on television, it will be interesting to see how “The Masked Singer” will recover from all the backlash they’ve received from both the judges and the viewers.