November 19, 2011
Astro compares X Factor sing-off refusal to Muhammad Ali’s refusal to go to war
15 year old X Factor USA contestant Astro, has compared his refusal to perform during Thursday night’s live sing off, to when The Greatest boxer ever, Muhammad Ali refused to go to war. Astro does accept that he was wrong to do what he did but his comparison to Ali is way off the mark. The talented youngster needs somebody in his life to guide him in the right manner, as he appears to be losing his cool edge and making PR blunders quite a bit.
Astro explained, “What I do, I do for the love of Hip-Hop and my fans, and I would never doing anything to hurt either. But please try to understand where my head was last night. Muhammed Ali was hated by America when he didn't enter the draft. What people didn't know was that he would have entered if the recruiter would have addressed him by his new name. I believed I was being mistreated, and in the moment I thought about Ali's moment.” However, Muhammad Ali refused to go to war with Vietnam due to his religious beliefs, stating "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong... No Viet Cong ever called me ******", which is extremely different to a singing competition.
He added, “I want to be the new ambassador for Hip-Hop and a leader of a new young movement of positive kids, but to be that I must have Integrity and Honor first! People are saying I'm "cocky" and "arrogant", well maybe I have watched too many Muhammed Ali films or maybe I grew up having to fight my way home everyday or battle on street corners of Brooklyn for respect. My guards are always up, and maybe I took the situation too heavy.”
Astro concluded, “I seriously apologize to my fans, what I said and my emotions weren't directed toward you. I'm 15 and I think I know everything, but the truth is, I don't, and I handled the situation wrong! Win or lose next week, I will make you all proud.” Do you think The X Factor USA judges were right to save Astro? Do you think Astro is right to compare his situation to Muhammad Ali?