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.
And Doctor King is rolling in his grave because his people have been blinded by the very racism he fought against.. Obama by handing out free stuff for votes is poisoning the people he calls his own..They have lowered their moral fiber and become dependant on hand outs while festering in the inner cities.. Get an education, get a job, get a life and it all adds up to success.. Not my words his.. The easy path provided by Satin is join a gang and worship rich Black sports heroes, do drugs.. Black on Black crime is at epidemic proportions, 2/3 of homicides are Black on Black..
Black racists!! We have one in the White House crying Whitey is pulling us down every time he does not get his socialist way.. Fact is they look for the most profitable acts and it is not these 9 losers.. Most of these shows are rigged and they plant the talent that they already groomed into the contest to get exposure.. Wake up and smell hollywood.. Losers just trying to sue because they smell someone else's money.. This is almost as bad as the California government worker suit because the Hard discs referenced in an instruction manual were labeled master and slave.. The hypocrite was just sniffing the money trail because there has been no slavery for 150 years.. Whites were slaves as well, indentured servants from Ireland were sold into slavery by their own families to get them to America.. They were still servants into the 1920's and lets not forget the Black gangs that were caught kidnapping White girls and selling them to Arabs..
If there was a White Entertainment Network or a National Association of White People or a United White College fund the first thing Blacks would do is sue them.. Hypocrite racist Blacks..
I could care less, I don't watch Idol....
At this point in time, I see the term racist/racism being vastly over used....When it actually does happen most people will not give a rats rectum if some one has been done wrong or not....