Mark Mudd, who claims to be a descendant of the infamous Dr. Samuel Mudd (one of the unluckiest bone doctors of all time) and a dead ringer for Hoyt Pollard, blew his chance to be the next American Idol and advised the judges to “be careful” as his parting remark.
Both Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul took offense to the colloquialism, apparently unaware that in that region of the USA, “be careful” translates roughly to the equivalent of say, “take it easy” in the west, or “screw you” in the east.
Mudd was memorable, not just for his lack of crooning skills, but also for relating his own history of hard luck, including multiple automobile accidents and unfortunate run-ins with power tools. Guess it runs in the family.
Here’s the apology in it’s entirety:
“We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of the contestant’s comment to “be careful” upon completion of his audition in Louisville, KY. Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. We had not heard that phrase from any other contestants during the day, so it took everyone by surprise. We now know better and look forward to visiting again.”
So Paula, Simon, be careful. Mark was really just trying to be friendly.
And here’s some advice for Mark Mudd. Next time bring the banjo.