Some African American "American Idol" Rejects Are Suing the Show, Claiming That It's Racist
Nine former "American Idol" rejects from various seasons have banded together to accuse the show of RACISM, and they're planning to SUE. Their lawyer says the suit is based on the fact that the show has only disqualified BLACK contestants, most due to their problems with the law. He accuses "Idol" of engaging in a, "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.
The nine former contestants involved in the suit are: Corey Clark and Jaered Andrews from Season Two . . . Donnie Williams from Season Three . . . twins Terrell and Derrell Brittenum from Season Five . . . Thomas Daniels and Akron Watson from Season Six . . . Ju'Not Joyner from Season Eight) and Chris Golightly from Season Nine. Jermaine Jones . . . the so-called "Gentle Giant" who was disqualified for having outstanding warrants LAST season . . . is not a part of this.
Despite the lawyer's claim, the show HAS disqualified a non-black contestant. Season Eight's Joanna Pacitti, who's WHITE, was dropped when it was discovered that she had a connection with some executives from one of the show's production companies. In all, "Idol" has disqualified 13 people. The other two are: Season Two's Frenchie Davis, who was axed after topless pictures of her turned up online, and Delano Cagnolatti was cut from the first season, after the show found out he lied about his age and was too old to compete. For what it's worth, they're both black.
Another part of the lawsuit addresses "Idol" forcing contestants to tell producers if they've had any run-ins with the law up front. The lawyer argues that they aren't legally allowed to ask about their arrest history.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says he was "shocked" by the "ridiculous" allegations. He adds, "We treat everybody the same, no matter the race, religion or sex."
"Idol" has had three black winners: Season Two's Ruben Studdard, Season Three's Fantasia Barrino, and Season Six's Jordin Sparks.
(It's not a surprise that Corey Clark was willing to jump on this lawsuit. Last year, he filed a $40 MILLION defamation lawsuit against MTV, after one of their reporters badmouthed him. He's also the guy who claims he screwed PAULA ABDUL. He even wrote a song about it. It's called "PAULAtics". You can revisit it on YouTube.)