Habit or Gestural Slip?
Most of you probably already know Simon Cowell. The British-born celebrity has become most famous for his crude and brutally blunt statements on the hit TV show American Idol.
Although Cowell will no longer be appearing on future episode’s of American Idol, he also appears on Britain’s Got Talent. Back in April of last year Cowell and his team met Shaheen Jafargholi, a young boy with an immense singing talent.
When Cowell first met Jafargholi, he was of course, skeptical. Below is the first episode when he meets Jafargholi for the first time. You should watch the clip from the very beginning to understand the premise of the rest of the video.
Play close attention to the very clear nonverbal behavior done by Cowell at 1:04-1:06. It’s pretty blatant and in most western speaking countries, this emblematic gesture is quite insulting.
Do you think this was a nonverbal gestural slip by Cowell, or him simply wiping something off his lips?
It’s also interesting to note the face cover done by the other judge at 0:37-0:38 and the mother at 0:40 after Simon says “You’ve got this really wrong”