|Terrell Carter on X Factor|
Terrell Carter is a very handsome man, standing at an impressive 6’5″, with a wing span of a small plane. He also has a choir leader’s voice; a beautiful tenor that soars to the rafters and hangs there till you appreciate it. To that effect, he has a number of soulful ballads to his name though I am not sure if he has ever cut a whole album. He has also acted in Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Madea’s Class Reunion plus a few other things that now elude me.
As you can see, Carter is not only breathtakingly beautiful, he has achieved a number of things in the entertainment world that most wannabes only dream of. That is why it was a bit of a surprise that he turned up as a contestant on America’s X Factor.
X factor is yet another one of those audition programs on TV (other such programs are America Has Got Talent, American Idol and goodness knows what else) used as a vehicle for hundreds of thousands of ambitious artists to showcase their talent in front of three or four judges in the hope that they will eventually win the attention of the entire country, carry the competition and gain fame and fortune. So, it involves days of practice and counter practice, sitting around in lines for days, scatter-gun auditions and other indignities that can trip anyone, however talented or well-prepared. All this before one can even be shown on television as a contestant. Think of it as doing head and hand stands, groveling on all fours, bending over backwards, walking a tightrope, face painting and everything else silly one finds at a circus rolled in for effect. That is what the contestants go through in order to make the talent cut.
So, it is jarring that Terrell Carter is on X Factor after the kind of career he has had. One would think that he was/is already well past the need to lower himself to the level of auditioning for X Factor in order to try and make a buck.
The likely explanation lies in his recent past. Terrell Carter is gay and was outed by a jilted lover who posted irrefutable pictures on the internet in 2009. It would appear that when the revealing pictures of Terrell Carter hit the internet, his career stalled.
That is the lesson for anyone out there who might think that America is the land of the free – if you are gay, black, and hope to make a career in the world of public entertainment, it isn’t. Carter has, as far as one can tell, no record of violence against anyone. He has not taken off his clothes and posted pictures of his dick on the internet. All he seems to have done to bring his career to a screeching halt was/is to incur the wrath of a male lover. But look at Chris Brown who beat up his girlfriend in a lover’s rage, paraded his dick for all to see, and has since gone from scraping the bottom of the barrel to a reinvigorated singing career.
And to think that the infinitely more talented and better looking Terrell Carter is now reduced to auditioning with nonentities on X Factor!
Final lesson? It is still a very harsh world for any struggling gay artist, anywhere, who hopes to make it big anywhere in the world today. You are clearly best advised to stay closeted if you hope to succeed. Now, after you have made your money, it doesn’t really matter that much. But before you are comfortable enough with where your career is, the world is not yet kind to aspiring stars, who are gay, black and out or outed – however handsome they might be.
For more pictures of the absolutely lovely Terrell Carter, check here.