ABC is under fire for featuring 16-year-old Claudia Conway on American Idol. Critics are calling it the “worst sort of exploitation of a minor” on reality TV. During the audition, singer Katy Perry, one of the show’s judges, asked the teen if her mother still hugs her and encouraged her to channel her “sadness” while singing.
Conway is the daughter of former Donald Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway and left-wing political operative George Conway, a co-founder of the disgraced “Lincoln Project” super PAC.
Conway became a media sensation after making TikTok posts highlighting divisions in the family. The teen has told her fans that she was looking into becoming emancipated from her parents.
“Are you okay?” Katy Perry asked as Conway walked onto the set for her audition.
“No,” Conway laughed. “No, but yes.”
Perry went on to ask the girl if her mother still hugs her, given “the