Don't look at us, LensCrafters is saying. A rep told me that Gokey is not on its payroll and that he is in no way affiliated with the company. Its current ad campaign made its debut April 19, and marketers at the company noticed a few days later that Gokey was flashing its central symbol. LensCrafters has never given him free glasses, either (although a rep did helpfully tell me that many of the styles he wears are available at a store near you).
LensCrafters says it has never sent him free eyewear, either, but that doesn't mean Gokey isn't getting some. A Milwaukee TV station recently did a story about the independent mall-based optician who used to sell him his signature specs. This morning, that eye doctor went on-air at the same station to personally hand free pairs to Gokey, who is back in town for promotion. (Better claim those expensive specs on your taxes, Gokey, because the gift's on tape.)
Gokey could be flashing a coronary gang sign to try to get a job pitching LensCrafters later on, but I still doubt it, because the charity he set up in the name of his late wife, the Sophia's Heart Foundation, also uses a heart as its centerpiece.
Gokey may indeed be continually reminding audiences about his wife's death during the competition, but he's not selling eyeglasses for LensCrafters.
After the ear-shattering scream Gokey ended his song with this week, though, Sucrets might consider giving him a jingle.
Update: Minutes after being dismissed from the competition, Danny Gokey broke his silence on a TV show called American Idol Extra. He confirmed his hand symbol was not associated with LensCrafters and that it represents the foundation he set up in his wife's name. He did not explain why he did not feel free to say this when he was active in the competition.