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'American Idol' Hit With $250 Million Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Television
by Sergio
July 26, 2013 8:45 AM
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American Idol

I know what you’re thinking…”Wait American Idol is STILL on the air?

But I first wrote about this back in January when there were rumblings about a lawsuit in the works; and now it’s come to reality.

American Idol producers and the Fox Network have been hit with a huge multi-million dollar lawsuit by ten former black AI contestants, all of them asking for $25 million each in damages, claiming racial discrimination, and that they were intentionally and unjustly forced off the show as part of a "racist plot" to boost ratings for the show.

New York City based lawyer James Freeman who is representing the contestants - Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews, Jacob John Smalley (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum, Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9) – charges that AI producers “illegally dug up arrest histories of the contestants and used them to humiliate the singers, but never attempted to dig up similar dirt about white contestants.

According to Freeman, only black contestants were questioned about their criminal histories.

Freeman calls these actions cruel and inhumane,” accusing Idol of exploiting black contestants, perpetuating destructive stereotypes,” and making them appear to be “violent criminals, liars, and sexual deviants.

However, none of the 10 men he represents have been convicted of charges stemming from their arrests.

But many are asking - are the racism charges against AI truly fair?

According to statistics, some 41 of the show's 143 finalists have been black, about 30% of finalists, and that includes last season’s winner Candice Glover.

And former black finalists have publicly stated that they never experienced any discrimination of any kind on the show.

Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle, has gone on record to say that “It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, the Idol team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race."

Vonzell Solomon, third place finalist in Season 4, said that “I didn’t experience any of that racial discrimination.

So what do you say?

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3 Comments

  • Anti-believer | July 26, 2013 8:29 PMReply

    These fools will not even get a trial date because they signed a contract, which covers everything. I read the first season contract.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | July 26, 2013 1:35 PMReply

    This lawsuit will be thrown out. I think the reality is that many of these contestants feel like the mistakes they made or crimes committed shouldn't diminish the talent they possess. This talent show is a second chance for them. The problem is that when you begin to advance higher in the competition people begin to google and question who is this person and where due they come from. They begin to interview family and highschool friends etc. That's when alot of the dirt is dug up about people past. American Idol is just trying to do damage control and rightfully so. Remember the situation with Frenchy and Paula Abdul. The truth of the matter is if they have criminal offenses on their record its going to be dug up anyway by the public. It think American Idol is just trying to cover the a**es. In case, advertisers begin to get nervous and start pulling their money. Example, Chris Brown.

  • Miles Ellison | July 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    Calling American Idol a talent show is like calling hot dog eating contests a sport. Or calling David Blaine a magician. Talent has nothing to do with it. On another note, American Idol does checks on these people from the beginning. There isn't anything that they don't already know about these people. This dirt is probably leaked by the show to keep people interested. Lord knows the actual singing doesn't do it

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