Fact check: Video shows Marjorie Taylor Greene auditioning for American Idol.


By Sam Doak

The video in question does not feature Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was ineligible for American Idol at the time of filming.

The context

A video circulating on social media claims to show Georgia MP Marjorie Taylor Greene auditioning for reality show American Idol. In the video, a woman who bears a strong resemblance to Greene performs as Stefanie Sugarman. His audition is rejected and the video ends with an argument with the show’s judges. Soon after the video was posted, it was shared thousands of times on many platforms.

In reality

The clip released is from a 2002 episode of American Idol. Although the subject of the video has been said to resemble Greene, several factors undermine the proposition that it is the same person.

Perhaps most pertinently, none of the details given by the contestant in the clip match those of Greene. His stated age, occupation, and place of residence vary widely from those of Green, who has never worked “in cheese marketing.”

The claim that Marjorie Taylor Green is the woman shown in this clip is further refuted by public documents showing the existence of an individual whose name, date of birth and listed addresses match the details given by the candidate . The individual has since posted on social media and now bears his married name.

It was pointed out that Marjorie Tayor Green would have been ineligible for the first season of American Idol as she was around 27 at the time of the clip. In 2002, entry into the series was restricted to people between the ages of 16 and 24. Those rules appear to have been strictly enforced, as a contestant was disqualified after producers discovered he had submitted false documents to verify his date of birth.

The verdict

Marjorie Taylor Green was ineligible for the 2002 series of American Idol due to her age. Additionally, it can be shown that Stefanie Sugarman is not a pseudonym but a real, distinct person who has a visible social media presence and exists in public records. This claim was found to be false.

Source: Logically.

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