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.
This is an entertainment contest and not an employment agency even though the top prize is a lucrative contract. I don't see where this lawyer comes up with equal employment when all who go on this program know it's winner takes all with this entertainment show. It is sad when individuals can't or won't follow the rules believe that they should get special treatment and have to pull out that BS Race Card.
Their omission of information on the contest forms would be just like an application for employment. If you omit the correct information and I were to find out you had lied on the application you would be let go. That is why there are rules for many things and being an outright liar brings about these kinds of outcomes. Sorry go home and lick your wounds and try again.
It's a baseless lawsuit. This guy is a very poor loser and doesn't like it when failures in his past catch up to him. Race has nothing to do with who wins or loses on AI.....maybe attitude and talent does.
this law suit comes right out of the "everyone gets a trophy" attitude of this country.
Well, NOT EVERYONE wins. NOT everyone is good at EVERYTHING!!
If you did not win Idol, I am guessing it has little to do with the color of your skin.
Now this is 9 people out of how many contestants X how many seasons?
Not seeing where/how this can be an accurate statement.
I'd be willing to bet that they didn't realize the show was racist until some slick POS New York lawyer with dollar signs in his eyes contacted them all and told them it was. I'd be surprised if they were considered employees anyway. Is it illegal in CA to ask "have you ever been arrested" to potential contestants on a nationally televised karaoke contest?
If you are on the television show why should they care about your past. Hell they never cared about a black persons past, present, or future. Why do you knuckle dragging trailer feces think that they let America pick the winners. BECAUSE AMERICA IS MOSTLY CHAULKED FACE, and untalented. You all should stick to snowboarding, jumping out of airplanes, and crashing into mountains at 100 M.P.H.
Let me see if I understand.
This year they have 3 black judges, Blacks are 12 % of the population. 1 white judge where whites are 60% of the population.
OH, I understand, we need 4 black judges and only black contestants then these low life sucking, give me everything I am tired of stealing it, then my criminal mind race will be happy.
95% of blackds voted for Obama because he was the best choice. (My ****) they voted for him because he is black. We should sue them for being racial.