For the current version of the Black Eyed Peas the "Blatant Robotic Autotune" is part of the sound. But in the records they made in the years before that, Will-i-Am used AT very discretely to cover up the fact that he couldn't sing in tune if you put a gun to his head.
Yes, there is a whole generation of folks out there who think that autotune is the modern sound. If you listen to the radio, they are right! I'm not saying that I like it, but, lets face it, if you listen to Black Eyed Peas, you're going to expect some autotune. It's part of the sound. For those of you who doubt it, It's pretty hard to get auto tune to sound the way they want it to when you use it as an effect. On the Peas records, I think you'll find that AT is doing exactly what they want it to. It's not just some random stock preset.
The "Blatant Robotic Autotune" is part of a sound, and it is a fad and an effect. The Jason Bieber kind of autotuning is the best an engineer can do to make it seem like he can sing (even though he really can't). That kind of digital fraud is a lot more sinister than the "Blatant Robotic Autotune" thing. People know that Lil'Wayne doesn't talk like a robot. But they may not know that Jason Bieber or Taylor Swift are not very good singers. That is where the damage is done; in perception.
And yes on the Peas record AT is being used to do exactly what Will-i-Am wants it to do. And that is to cover up that fact that Fergie is the only person in the group who can actually sing. "Blatant Robotic Autotune" is a fad. Deceptive trickery that fools the listening public into thinking that someone is a singer, who in fact really can't sing at all is true fraud. That is what is sad about that video, and the recording industry in general, in it's present form.
Of course Haiti needs the money. I would hope that we are able to honestly discuss how good or bad a recording is for its own sake regardless of the cause. And yes; I can sing in key and in pitch without the benefit of pitch correction; blatant or otherwise. So I guess that means that I could do better than about half of the singers in that video.