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Former American Idol Contestants File Lawsuit Against The Show Citing Racial Discrimination
http://news.radio.com/ ^ | 07/26/2013 | n/a

Posted on 07/27/2013 6:41:17 AM PDT by massmike

10 former American Idol contestants have filed a lawsuit against the show, and are seeking damages of $25 million dollars each.

The lawsuit stems from a letter submitted in January by New York City lawyer James H. Freeman on behalf the 10 contestants to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The letter cited ”cruel and inhumane” treatment, claiming that Idol‘s producers have only publicly disqualified 10 contestants in the show’s history, all of whom were black.

Freeman also claimed that the show illegally dredged up arrest records to make the black contestants appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants,” further perpetuating “destructive stereotypes.”


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Former American Idol Contestants File Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit Against The Show Citing Racial Discrimination

1 posted on 07/27/2013 6:41:17 AM PDT by massmike
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2 posted on 07/27/2013 6:41:57 AM PDT by massmike (At the heart of every Paul-bot argument is the fear that someone will keep them from their weed!)
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http://news.radio.com/2013/07/26/former-american-idol-contestants-file-multi-million-dollar-lawsuit-against-the-show-citing-racial-discrimination/


3 posted on 07/27/2013 6:42:41 AM PDT by massmike (At the heart of every Paul-bot argument is the fear that someone will keep them from their weed!)
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Wow, some attorneys discovered (or instigated) a cash cow.


4 posted on 07/27/2013 6:46:54 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: massmike

Occams razor suggests that a lack of talent may be a better explaination.


5 posted on 07/27/2013 6:47:04 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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### letter submitted in January by New York City lawyer James H. Freeman on behalf the 10 contestants to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.###

Contestants are employees?


6 posted on 07/27/2013 6:47:46 AM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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7 posted on 07/27/2013 6:51:28 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: massmike

It’s been the same, old refrain for fifty years now: “It’s not because I’m stupid, uneducated, untalented, a chronic pain in the neck with an attitude, or even a criminal - it’s because my skin is bla-ack!”


8 posted on 07/27/2013 6:51:50 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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I can see their point. Really... if their ancestors had never come to America, they could really be raking it in now. Those “African Idol” contests sure do rock! It’s a cryin’ shame they have to suffer living in America when it would be so much better for them somewhere else. Sheesh!


9 posted on 07/27/2013 6:54:42 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope.)
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American Idol to adopt Affirmative Action.


10 posted on 07/27/2013 6:55:18 AM PDT by Roccus
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Blah, blah, blah


11 posted on 07/27/2013 6:55:48 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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Didn’t a black woman win last year’s American Idol?


12 posted on 07/27/2013 6:57:29 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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Learning to be future al sharptons and jessee jacksons.


13 posted on 07/27/2013 6:57:29 AM PDT by I want the USA back (We live in a fascist dictatorship, thanks to half the public having its head up its a$$.)
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The lawsuit stems from a letter submitted in January by New York City lawyer James H. Freeman on behalf the 10 contestants to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Misnomer...EEOC really stands for Eventual Elimination Of Caucasians.

14 posted on 07/27/2013 6:59:32 AM PDT by Roccus
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Freeman also claimed that the show illegally dredged up arrest records to make the black contestants appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants, ... .”

Am I getting this correctly?

The arrest records of the contestants are real, showing them to be, “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants,” it is that the show illegally dredged these records up?

15 posted on 07/27/2013 7:00:43 AM PDT by JohnG45
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If the producers think they suffered a ratings plunge last year, wait ‘till this nonsense takes hold!


16 posted on 07/27/2013 7:01:37 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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“...the show illegally dredged up arrest records...”

Were there factual arrest records for the contestants?

Did the contestants sign a statement that they had no felony arrests?

If so, it appears that the contestants were trying to defraud the show? (if that’s the correct legal term?)


17 posted on 07/27/2013 7:02:30 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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If all 10 were disqualified for criminal Background, arrest records, or whatever, that can be easily proven or disproven.

If That’s the case, and all 10 were black, what does that say about the black community?


18 posted on 07/27/2013 7:04:12 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: massmike

Or they thought they’d lose ratings if the show featured wall-to-wall incoherent screaming and nasty rappers.


19 posted on 07/27/2013 7:04:21 AM PDT by txrefugee
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Criminal records can be accessed easily enough and completely legally. The attorney would surely know this. He probably pulls them all the time doing background checks on the oppsing party.


20 posted on 07/27/2013 7:05:00 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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Waaaah, waaaah, waaah, racists cry racism everywhere they go, waaaah, waaaah, waaaah.


21 posted on 07/27/2013 7:07:01 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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They are Trayvon - just because it was discovered that they are seedy low-lifers is no reason to act differently towards them...It is their “right” to reap the benefits of an entity that they cheapen by being associated with it.


22 posted on 07/27/2013 7:13:45 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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“Didn’t a black woman win last year’s American Idol?”

I don’t know about last year, but several black people have won. I remember Ruben Studdard (sp?) - who beat Clay Aiken (white, southern, gay) and whom I loved and also Fantasia (a black gal) who was also great.

And of course there’s Jennifer Hudson, who didn’t win, but who has had a fantastic career, although how much credit Idol gets for that I couldn’t judge.


23 posted on 07/27/2013 7:19:07 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: massmike

Reminds one of a Mad TV skit in which the guy complained to his date about racism. Paraphrasing: “I’m an octaroon; that’s one eighth black!” “Applied for a job the other day as a research microbiologist. They said I didn’t have an advanced degree. We all know that’s codeword for octaroon!”


24 posted on 07/27/2013 7:21:06 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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Is it ever going to end? Every failure that black people experience is the result of racism. Reminds me of the time I was waiting on line at a bagel shop and this black guy in front of me ordered a bagel and coffee with sugar, and when he got the coffee he tasted it and realized it had no sugar. So what did he say? “Yo, you put no sugar in that, prolly on purpose cause you a racist mofo”.. Yes, racism racism racism! It’s everywhere!


25 posted on 07/27/2013 7:24:16 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: gitmo

They are if they be black. Where you been?


26 posted on 07/27/2013 7:25:27 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: BwanaNdege

Yes, the contestants are required to disclose arrests and convictions. I also believe that the entertainment company informs them that there may be a background check and the consequences if they lie.

There have been contestants with arrest records that have stayed until they were voted off. There was a female contestant in one of the early years that had an arrest record. If I remember correctly she had been shoplifting. However, she disclosed the arrest, conviction, etc. on her application.


27 posted on 07/27/2013 7:48:05 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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Damn, don’t you people understand that as a black I am to be pandered to and given consideration for the fact that I may be a heir to the slave era. Time for some to grow up and understand that they have an obligation to do their best to take advantage of the opportunities this country has to offer, not cry foul every time they do not get their way.


28 posted on 07/27/2013 7:50:36 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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Didn’t a black woman win last year’s American Idol?

Yes, Candice Glover, after the show stuffed the top ten (the contestants who get voted on by the public,) with blacks, Hispanics, and gay boys who weren't very good singers. Previous to Candice, six out of the last seven winners had been white, heterosexual males. The show was obviously determined that wouldn't happen again last year, so they didn't let any straight white males into the top ten. Now Candice's sales are lower than any previous Idol winner's. But hey, the show can pat itself on the back for being PC.

29 posted on 07/27/2013 7:56:15 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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Yet, all of America KNEW when the first openly gay contestant was chosen that he would ultimately win that season. (FWIW, I still don’t think he’s homosexual...he just found a schtick.)

If anything, they should sue for “orientation” not race.


30 posted on 07/27/2013 8:12:27 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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Freeman also claimed that the show illegally dredged up arrest records to make the black contestants appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants,” further perpetuating “destructive stereotypes.”

Since when is it illegal to "dredge up" arrest records? It would seem to me that their BEHAVIOR made them appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants”; otherwise why would they HAVE an arrest record?

31 posted on 07/27/2013 9:20:51 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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If That’s the case, and all 10 were black, what does that say about the black community?/I>

Exactly what we and the honest blacks have known all along.

32 posted on 07/27/2013 9:23:02 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

When did an openly gay man win idol? I don’t think that ever happened. Clay and Adam didn’t win.

This whole lawsuit seems to be about people who were removed from the contest because of criminal conduct. We’re there white contestants who had the same background, yet didnt get removed? If not, then there is no racism involved.


33 posted on 07/27/2013 9:29:14 AM PDT by Yaelle
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34 posted on 07/27/2013 9:30:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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"Psst. Any way we can get in on this?"
35 posted on 07/27/2013 9:32:17 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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LMBO!!
Well, this is one of the more creative gambits a scumbag lawyer has come up with.


36 posted on 07/27/2013 9:35:48 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: gitmo

New York City lawyer James H. Freeman alias “Algonquin J. Calhoun”!


37 posted on 07/27/2013 9:38:36 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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38 posted on 07/27/2013 9:41:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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"That's totally inappropriate. It's lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous! "


39 posted on 07/27/2013 9:43:02 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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40 posted on 07/27/2013 9:46:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Hahaha, LOVE your comment with the pic. RIGHT ON THE MONEY!


41 posted on 07/27/2013 5:06:40 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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