Racism on American Idol?
American Idol is about to get sued for racism! New York attorney James H. Freeman is poised to sue the show and its producer, Fox, on the grounds that during its eleven-season run, the talent show has disqualified nine contestants – and they were all black.
The lawyer claims the aspiring singers had warrants for their arrest (which they admitted to on a form they filled out whilst auditioning) but NONE had been convicted for the crimes they were charged with at the time of elimination. The accusation is that American Idol is ‘perpetuating destructive stereotypes’ for ratings. The disqualified contestants were: Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (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).
Of course, the show has also produced three black winners, namely Ruben Studdard (Season 2), Fantasia Barrino (Season 3) and Jordin Sparks (Season 6). So does Freeman have a valid argument? Do you think the show is racist? If this case is successful, expect an upcoming case with Javine Hilton suing Popstars producers for Sarah Harding getting that last spot with Girls Aloud.