American Idol returned last night to just ok ratings but it still managed to piss off Bronx beep Ruben Diaz, Jr.. Let us explain: last night's audition episode—featuring Bronx native/new Idol host J.Lo!— included a segment about 16-year-old Bronx-native Travis Orlando, a boy who apparently has had a rough childhood that included time in shelter. He describes his formative years as "tough," surrounded by "gangs, drugs, violence," and continues later to boast his neighborhood has "robberies, killings, anything you can possibly imagine goes on here." Enter an angry Diaz!

The borough president put the following statement on his website:

I am thoroughly disgusted with the treatment of the Bronx on American Idol last night. Rather than focus on the amazing revitalization the Bronx has seen over the past three decades, the producers of the show chose instead to highlight the negative stereotypes that have plagued our borough for years. The Bronx is the proud home of 1.4 million people, and over the past 30 years we have seen a dramatic drop in crime, incredible new business activity and the development of amazing new infrastructure. The portrayal of the Bronx by the producers of American Idol in such an extremely negative light is not only shameful, it does not accurately represent how far the Bronx has come.

Which is all well and good, except that the contestant on the show last night wasn't talking about the whole borough, he was talking about his experience of it. Though, yeah, they probably could have done with a few less shots of pay-phone receivers hanging in the wind and trash on the streets. Here's the clip in question, do you think American Idol producers went too far?