– The reality show American Idol could be sued for racism after NINE black former contestants have mounted a legal challenge amid claims they were forced off the show. The singers said the production company plotted to remove them from the competition in a bid to boost ratings. The claims came to light after New York attorney James Freeman asked the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for permission to sue Idol and FOX on behalf of his clients. His legal challenge is backed by Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Corey Clark (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9). Freeman said all of the nine other people who had been publicly disqualified from the show were black. In his letter, Freeman questions whether it was legitimate for producers to ask potential competitors to disclose their criminal records, claiming this violated employment law as applicants were essentially applying for a job. He added American Idol had humiliated black Idol contestants on national TV – making them unfairly appear to be violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants – and creating ‘destructive stereotypes’. Freeman’s investigation also claimed the contestants who had been disqualified for their criminal records had not been actually been convicted at the time of their expulsion from the programme.
Okay, so a lot of these guys were kicked off the show because they had priors, although they contend that because they weren’t yet convicted the show had no right to disqualify them. Makes sense. I’m not sure about the “destructive stereotypes” thing since I don’t really watch the show but–WAIT HOLD UP A SECOND:
HUH? Wait Sideshow Bob as played by Taran Killam
here is in on the lawsuit, too? How…is he…does he even…WHAT?
Listen, eight other black people suing American Idol, if you want Fox to take this case seriously and if you want to win and not just make asses of yourself, get flannel Kenny G as far away from you as possible. This guy can’t be in the race card club. He looks like a 13 year-old albino Puerto Rican girl. Any and all character assassination of this dude was brought upon him solely by that haircut.
Tighten up your case, guys. Murdoch isn’t giving away money.