Is 'American Idol' racist?
Report: Disqualified African-American contestants plan to sue
Nine disqualified "American Idol" contestants, from various seasons, are banding together to sue the show, according to TMZ, claiming a racist and unlawful plot to bolster ratings.
Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell and Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9) were all named in a letter submitted by New York attorney James H. Freeman to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the report says.
In his letter -- the first step toward a lawsuit -- Freeman says he became suspicious of a "cruel and inhumane" conspiracy when Jermaine Jones was booted off "Idol" last year, during Season 11. Producers claim it was because he failed to inform them about outstanding arrest warrants. When he looked into the show, Freeman claims, he found that the only "Idol" contestants ever disqualified (Jones and the nine named above) were all black.
Freeman claims that the question "Have you ever been arrested?" violates California employment law. Information obtained via that illegal question -- and by criminal records discovered by "Idol" private investigators -- is used to humiliate black contestants on TV, which bolsters negative stereotypes as well as ratings.
"Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe had this response for TMZ: "We treat everybody the same ... no matter the race, religion or sex. I think we've always had a fantastic share of talent from contestants both black and white ... I don't think I've ever seen racism at the show."
Holes quickly opened in Freeman's claim: According to Zap2It.com, Golightly was disqualified due to a former contract he failed to disclose, not an arrest record. And Joyner merely failed to advance, only claiming that he was booted for balking at the "Idol" contract.
Despite the errors uncovered so far, do you think this claim holds water? Or does it sound like sour grapes from the show's who-never-became-who list?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
WTF didn't Rubin Studdard win this thing a few years ago also Jennifer HUdson did pretty well.
these guys are liars and criminals and the lawer is a blood sucking leech. the funny thing is if they ever won the case they wont se a dime of it the only people that make money in these law suits are the lawyers.
the courts need to throuhg these BS suits out instead of allowing tehm to proceed.
the should alos impose stiff fines to lawyer who try to bring these suits into court.
oh wait i did not get a job because i have a criminal record and lied about it let me sue every company that did not hire me.
get a life
Seriously? Could it possibly be because they weren't good enough? Of course, it's always easier to blame someone else or play the race card than it is to face reality and do something to make it better. Get off the pity potty and do something positive!
The attorney is scum as well. I wouldn't be surprised if he trolls the internet looking for someone who feels they've been discriminated against because of the color of their skin. He's just continuing to perpetuate the "you owe me" attitude that is so common.
These bone heads were brought up to believe everyone owes them, and if they do not have the skills to win then they should be given handicap points like in golf so they can win.
Go soak you heads and shave that scraggly hair off your ugly face.
A MUSICIANS POINT OF VIEW:
When music novices try and sing a song, they want to 'add-lib' the tune by interjecting such a range of 'notes' that it starts to sound worse than a bunch of wild cats with their tails caught in the door (Jennifer Hudson). The rests, the part of the music which there are NO NOTES, are just as important as the whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, thirty-second, notes that are to be played or sung. Also, knowing when to gradually sing louder or gradually softer (crescendo, decrescendo) adds emotion & depth to the piece your trying to sing- it much more than just 'belting out' the tune at the 'top of your lungs'.
Lastly: Doesn't 'America' , not the judges, pick the winners ?
the entitlement society s theme song , racism ,no talent?
racism , 15 minutes of fame over ? racism . none of these losers lost because they were black ,they lost because they werent good enough to win , they were chumped by there lawyer and will soon have their case thrown out ,why ? judge is a racist, just like on idol
What is an African-American anymore? I'm just as far removed from my Irish ancestors if not less so than many of my Black counterparts... We're all just Americans, you'd hope people would realize that by now.
Actually to the person who replied with their dribble I am a Native-American and as I said if you would have read my last post you would have noticed that I said "show me where Africa-Americas is on the Unites State Map. Native Americans wee the only and I specify only true Americans.
Most of the black people born in the United states always want to call themselves something else so that they can stand out. As do the hispanic and Asians . I am telliing you that there is no place on the United States Map that shows theese places.
Most Blacks, and Hispanic are the biggest racists, always have been and always will be. Who do you think voted for the Head rasict Obama? Blacks, hispanics and Asians. So before you shoot off your mouth go look at my great Grand fathers memorial, His name is Crazy Horse.