American Idol may be Sued Amid Accusations of Racism


Nine black men who were contestants on American Idol are seeking permission from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to sue the mega-hit talent show amid allegations of racism.

Their attorney, James H. Freeman, claims Idol broke California state employment statutes which prohibit employers from questioning potential employees about any history of arrest, stating that “Their personal and professional lives remain permanently and severely impaired.” Freeman suggests that the Idol producers purposely exploited the men for ratings by featuring them on the show, airing their stories, then disqualifying them from the contest based on their criminal records. He alleges it was a racist tactic, and that since the men were actively seeking employment by obtaining a spot on the show, then the producers are in violation of the law.

No word if any of the three African-American winners of Idol (Jordin Sparks, Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard), the numerous past minority contestants, nor the victims of these gentlemen’s actual crimes feel equally violated.

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