Former Black ‘American Idol’ Contestants Sue the Show for Racial Profiling
There are ten former African American “American Idol” contestants who have filed a lawsuit against the show. They are claiming they were racially profiled in order the the show to boost ratings. They want $25 million each, says a report from TMZ.
According to the the group’s attorney, ‘American Idol’ concocted a ‘cruel and inhumane’ scheme to sensationalize their arrest records even though they were never convicted of any crimes.
They are making it clear that allegedly the criminal pasts of White contestants were never searched. In their defense, they state only blacks were probed about their pasts and never any whites people.
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The contestants suing the American Idol show are: Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (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).
The contestants’ lawyer claims the show used the arrest info to make his clients appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants”, which is not true. The facts stated in the case actually are that non of them had ever been convicted of the charges stemming from their arrests.
TMZ says, the 10 are suing for discrimination and other alleged misdeeds. They also want Idol to adopt new anti-racism regulations.
We should never be surprised at the actions of people. Racial profiling goes much further than being picked out on the street. Racism does exist in all facets of our lives and we have to just pray that God helps us if we have to deal with it and assist others in need.
Report from TMZ.