According to the latest entertainment news, “American Idol” has been accused of racism by 9 black ex-contestants who were fired off the show throughout its 11-season run.
Following Nicki Minaj‘s response to former panelist Steven Tyler‘s allegedly racist remarks how she judges contestants on “American Idol,” there’s another accusation of racism… and it’s directed at the Fox singing competition.
The show, which is now on its 12th season, is reportedly being ganged up on by 9 of their ex-contestants—namely Season 2′s Corey Clark and Jaered Andrews, Season 3′s Donnie Williams, Season 5′s Terrell Brittenum and Derrell Brittenum, Season 6′s Thomas Daniels and Akron Watson, Season 8′s Ju’Not Joyner and Season 9′s Chris Golightly—who claim “Idol” has purposely disqualified 9 other black contestants (including Jermaine Jones from last year) to exploit them and, in turn, boost show ratings.
With the help of their attorney James H. Freeman, the ex-contestants—who have all appeared on the show—have sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to ask permission to sue Fox and “American Idol.”
TMZ has obtained the letter and it showed Freeman alleging that the show has been executing a “scheme” so “cruel and humane” over the past 11 years without the public’s knowledge.
“[American Idol] NEVER once publicly disqualified a white or non-black American Idol contestant in the history of the eleven season production.”
In behalf of his complainants, he also claimed the show starts each season by asking auditionees if they’ve ever been arrested and then later using obtained private arrest records—if existing—to publicly humiliate the wannabes on national television, thus creating “destructive stereotypes” about black people.
But the thing is, Freeman declared, such probing is a violation of the CA employment law. Plus, it was terribly unfair of them to disqualify contestants with criminal records when they weren’t even convicted of the crimes (not anymore, at least) when they were booted from the show.
“Yet their personal and professional lives remain permanently and severely impaired by [the show's] continuing violations of our nation’s laws.”
The show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, was just “shocked” to hear the news.
Nigel said to the site in their defense against the “ridiculous” accusations:
“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.”
Do you believe “American Idol” has been too picky with their contestants to the point of being racist?
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