Fantasia Ticks Off Members of Hometown

Fantasia Ticks Off Members of Hometown
Fantasia Barrino
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updated 10/18/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/18/2005 08:00AM

Fantasia Barrino has rankled some residents of her hometown of High Point, N.C., with some unflattering descriptions of the place – and two loyal citizens are demanding action.

Kyle Sandler, 29, and Jennifer English, 26, want signs promoting Fantasia as a favorite daughter of the city removed because of what they call the negative portrayal of the metropolis in the singer's new autobiography, the Associated Press reports.

In her book, Life is Not a Fairy Tale, the 21-year-old American Idol winner says she couldn't read after attending local schools and reveals that her friends used to call High Point the "Land of the Dead."

Frets Sandler, who with English has created a Web site to counter the book's descriptions: "I can see people driving in to (the furniture) market saying, 'Ha ha ha. Fantasia hates them but look at the signs saying 'Welcome to High Point, home of Fantasia Barrino.'"

Council member Latimer Alexander said there are no plans to remove the signs, although he said they are not permanent.

Mayor Becky Smothers says the city faces bigger issues. "There's a lot more serious things happening right now than Fantasia's signs," she said.

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