'American Idol' Accused of RACISM

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  1. Nemo

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    .....by 9 Black Ex-Contestants
    http://www.tmz.com/2013/01/25/ameri...squalified-contestants-letter-discrimination/
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    Nine black former "American Idol" contestants -- from various seasons -- are banding together to SUE the show ... claiming they were all FORCED off "Idol" as part of a racist (and illegal) plot to boost ratings.

    TMZ has obtained a letter, submitted to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by NY attorney James H. Freeman -- in which he asks for permission to sue Idol and FOX on behalf of his clients ... who have all appeared on the show:



    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).

    In his letter, Freeman claims he noticed something fishy about "Idol" when Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012. Producers had claimed Jones failed to inform them about multiple outstanding warrants out for his arrest.

    Freeman claims he conducted an investigation into the show -- and found that producers had only publicly disqualified 9 other people from the show since it first hit the air ... and they all happened to be black.

    Freeman now alleges that "Idol" has been conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.

    According to the letter, Freeman believes the annual "scheme" begins during the background check stage of the show -- when producers ask wannabe contestants the question -- "Have you ever been arrested?"

    Freeman claims the question is a violation of CA employment law ... and since his clients were essentially applying for "employment" with Idol, the show was FORBIDDEN from asking contestants about their arrest history.

    But Freeman claims ... the ill-gotten information from the question, coupled with arrest records obtained by private investigators working for Idol, were used to humiliate the black Idol contestants on national TV ... and in the process, perpetuated "destructive stereotypes" about black people.

    Freeman also claims the show made his clients appear to be "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" ... when they weren't.

    What's more ... Freeman claims the show has "NEVER once publicly disqualified a white or non-black American Idol contestant in the history of the eleven season production."

    According to Freeman, NONE of the contestants who were disqualified from the show based on their criminal backgrounds were convicted of the crimes for which they were charged at the time of their disqualification.

    But Freeman adds, "Yet their personal and professional lives remain permanently and severely impaired by [the show's] continuing violations of our nation's laws."

    Freeman's letter is the first step towards a lawsuit -- and we're told as soon as he gets the green light from the EEOC, he plans to file the docs in court.





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    We are doomed.
    You can't ask a contestant for a TV show if they have been arrested?
     
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    Unless Basketball was involved, I don't see how they have a case.
     
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    American Idol is so racist against blacks.

    Their judging panel is chock full of white people.

    Or white person.

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    I'm surprised AGT contestants haven't sued over the Tom Cotter debacle.
    Howard obviously lied about when he found out Tom was a Buchwald client.
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    Stern has a long long history of hyping Buchwald clients on his radio show without telling his audience.
    One or both Nerd guys were Buchwald clients.
    0.0 chance they get on the show if not for the Buchwald connection.
     
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    Manti Te'o's spokesman is also Katie Couric's spokesman.

    Manti Te'o's agency is also Katie Couric's agency.

    Yet that didn't raise any controversy in the press when she got this high-profile interview.

    So I guess it really doesn't matter.

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    Howard interviews Buchwald clients all the time. That's a bit different than being a judge on a talent show who has a potential influence on who moves forward and even, possibly, who wins.
     
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    Ju'Not? Akron?? :rofl: :jj:
     
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    Manti Te'o is in crisis, and his spokesman and agency desperately needed to rehabilitate his image, or else it could cost them a lot of money in lost endorsements and/or a draft slide.

    So they turned to Couric, with whom they have a business relationship.


    Also, nobody gives a fuck about AGT. It's not even on during the regular season.

    But people give a fuck about college football, the nation's No. 2 sport, and they especially are interested in the runner-up for that sport's most prestigious award.
     
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    You don't see the difference between this and Tom Cotter?
    Do you think that AGT reworded their contestant contract after the Cotter disaster? Howard and Don have a relationship that goes beyond client and agent. Don gets to goof off in France watching Al Jazeera because of Howard Stern generated marbles.
    :facepalm:
    I will bet the farm that Buchwald clients are instructed to NOT mention Dons name when they are guests on the Stern show.....occasionally someone screws up and their is the awkward obvious doodle when Dons name is mentioned during an interview on Stern.
     
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    BTW Manti Te'o doesn't like cock.....he loves it!
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    :facepalm:
     
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    It's still completely different...and expected. Having a Buchwald client in to promote a project on THSS is also a business arrangement. If Couric was on the NFL draft board, then the comparison would make more sense. She has no direct say in Manti's potential to make a living in the NFL. Howard did when it came to AGT and Cotter.

    You could argue that Cotter might have went just as far without Howard's influence, and you'd probably be right, but the fact remains that Howard WAS a judge and he moved Cotter along without ever mentioning on AGT or THSS that they shared an agent. Lawsuit worthy? I don't see it, but AGT and the Couric interview are apples and oranges nonetheless.
     
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    Why are they ASKING young black men if they've been arrested? Can't you just assume it?

    Sue everyone. Bankrupt the nation. Make Obama the Emporer like Chavez.
     
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    Huh? What's this got to do with Obama?

    I'm just shocked that employers in Cali can't ask potential employees if they've been arrested. So employees can ask what schools you went to, what grades you got and what degrees you have, where you've worked previously...but not if you're a convict?

    Felons too? Rapists an murderers need not worry about awkward questions during a job interview? Can't ask the new school janitor or bus driver if he ever got drunk, beat his children and the crashed the ol' family station wagon? Please tell me that's not the case.
     
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    The logic, I think, behind forbidding an employer from asking if a person has been arrested, not convicted is, well, what if you were "arrested" for protesting? What if you had a crazy ex-lover who lied and got you arrested for domestic violence, even though the charges were dropped?

    Add to that, the fact that apparently the show has never disqualified anyone but 9 people who, just so happen to be black (as the suit alleges), and you've got my eyebrow raised in suspicion.

    Something stinks there, bro...
     
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    -what if they were the only ones that were less than truthful about being arrested on their application.

    -what if most of the audience turns off the show when they find out a scumbag (arrests) makes it to the live shows? can Idol sue the scumbag?
     
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    almost all of his posts are either racist and/or baseless, partisan political nonsense.

    He's one of "these people" (pun intended):

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    you do have a tendency to rush and defend the victim.....like a true lefty.
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    Hee. some of these are funny.

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    Arrested and convicted are two entirely different things.