While I never came down with Idol fever (I do, though, still dream of being a contestant—c’mon, Simon, that was, like, Sex Beat?), my hat’s off to the incredibly brave people who, in sheer defiance of Muslim law, try out for and compete in Afghan Star. After watching the below trailer for the upcoming documentary on the show, I’m not sure what, if anything, the final prize amounts to. I’m not sure it matters. After 30 years of the Taliban—and despite numerous death threats—these kids simply want to sing.
From Reuters: New US Deaths Make 2009 Afghan War’s Deadliest