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Former American Idol Contestants Seek $25 Million Each in Racial Lawsuit Against Show
TVGuide ^ | July 24, 2013

Posted on 07/24/2013 6:28:15 PM PDT by SMGFan

Ten black former American Idol contestants from various seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming that they were eliminated from the competition due to a racist ratings scheme, TMZ.com reports.

New York attorney James H. Freeman, representing the plaintiffs, says he began investigating the show after Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012, because he didn't inform producers about multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Freeman then discovered that throughout Idol's then-11-season run, only nine other people had been publically disqualified. And as it turns out, all of them happened to be black.

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I never watched the show but I know Ruben Studdard won & he is black.
1 posted on 07/24/2013 6:28:15 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

If the ugly contestants sue also, AI will be bankrupt forever...


2 posted on 07/24/2013 6:30:42 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Task" is a noun. "Ask" is a verb. "Disconnect" is a noun. "Data" is a plural-not collective-noun.)
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To: SMGFan

The wife and I stopped watching the show because it developed a tangible bias towards blacks. It even went as far as to have 3 of the 4 judges be black. This lawsuit is a joke.


3 posted on 07/24/2013 6:30:58 PM PDT by South40
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To: SMGFan

Well first the Bachelor and now American Idol. Pretty soon we won’t have any reality shows if they aren’t on the racist BET....


4 posted on 07/24/2013 6:31:22 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: SMGFan

Oh BS - it was mostly home viewers voting.


5 posted on 07/24/2013 6:32:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SMGFan
New York attorney James H. Freeman, representing the plaintiffs, says he began investigating the show after Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012, because he didn't inform producers about multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Freeman then discovered that throughout Idol's then-11-season run, only nine other people had been publically disqualified. And as it turns out, all of them happened to be black

So every person who fraudulently misled the show happened to be black, and therefore, it is the SHOW'S fault for enforcing their rules once the lie was discovered. America 2013, in a nutshell.

6 posted on 07/24/2013 6:32:42 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: SMGFan

There was at least one other black winner...Can’t remember her name.


7 posted on 07/24/2013 6:33:10 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SMGFan

Reparations now and forever!


8 posted on 07/24/2013 6:33:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SMGFan

People who get kicked off the show are removed for their inappropriate actions. If 9/10 happen to be one race, that’s a failure of personal responsibility among those individuals. Unless they can point to people of other races who got caught for the same reasons without being eliminated, it’s just another weak attempt to point fingers. Sort of like when the vast majority of individuals in jail are black. It so happens these people get caught breaking the law. A person wouldn’t be there if not found guilty. Calling it racist is just trying to make excuses for poor personal responsibility.


9 posted on 07/24/2013 6:33:29 PM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: SMGFan

Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks were all winners and all are black. That is a higher percentage of blacks who have won the show than there the percentage of blacks in America.


10 posted on 07/24/2013 6:33:54 PM PDT by South40
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To: SMGFan

Screechtasia was also black.


11 posted on 07/24/2013 6:33:56 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Task" is a noun. "Ask" is a verb. "Disconnect" is a noun. "Data" is a plural-not collective-noun.)
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To: SMGFan

‘African-American Idol’ couldn’t be more ghetto than it already is. I gave up watching it when I realized the judges don’t think you can sing because your runs aren’t ‘black enough’ at the end of every note. That show is CRAP!


12 posted on 07/24/2013 6:34:11 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Just cancel the show if they want minorities to have an advantage


13 posted on 07/24/2013 6:35:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SMGFan
C'mon, everyone wins.

Everyone is the new IDOL, it's only fair.

14 posted on 07/24/2013 6:35:20 PM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: South40

They could hire a pervert like Stern to be a judge and then move it to Sin City and lower the age of the entrants, that should clean it right up!

//s


15 posted on 07/24/2013 6:35:50 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SMGFan

Surprised it took this long.


16 posted on 07/24/2013 6:36:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan

Maybe Reverends Jesse and Al will wander over and help out, once they get done stirring up racist hatred over the Travon Martin shooting.


17 posted on 07/24/2013 6:41:25 PM PDT by BAW (NSA.is listening.)
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To: PghBaldy

Candice Glover. This year. But she seems to be a nice girl who, if she had a brother...would be nothing like Trayvon. :)


18 posted on 07/24/2013 6:44:07 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: GeronL

I find it disturbing that a pervert like Stern could a) enjoy popularity in American culture and b) get invited to be a judge on a prime time television show that includes kids in both the competition and in the audience. The man is pure filth.


19 posted on 07/24/2013 6:47:10 PM PDT by South40
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To: PghBaldy

I think Jennifer Hudson was also a winner, not sure though.


20 posted on 07/24/2013 6:48:12 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: South40

Jennifer Hudson has done quite well, although finishing seventh.


21 posted on 07/24/2013 6:48:42 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: South40

Candice Glover just won season 12 and last time I looked - she is black.

Here’s a breakdown of these malcontents and the reasons they were let go from mjsbigblog.com:

http://www.mjsbigblog.com/black-contestants-suing-american-idol-looking-for-25-million-each.htm


22 posted on 07/24/2013 6:49:55 PM PDT by Catsrus (AA)
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To: EEGator

Right you are. The show launched Hudson’s career. And since, she has sold tons of albums and won an Oscar. Not bad for a racist show.


23 posted on 07/24/2013 6:51:16 PM PDT by South40
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To: Kit cat

No, but she has succeeded. Her role in Dreamgirls treated her quite well. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


24 posted on 07/24/2013 6:52:12 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: South40

I wish someone would be racist to me. :)


25 posted on 07/24/2013 6:52:55 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Catsrus

Thanks, I had forgotten about Glover.


26 posted on 07/24/2013 6:53:45 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

I bet he knew their room numbers too


27 posted on 07/24/2013 6:57:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SMGFan

Did he ever deny he was guilty of the multiple charges?

I seem to recall Randy Jackson is a major decision maker/producer in the show....and is black

Paula Abdul was Hispanic.....

Simon Cowell was a equal-opportunity offender of contestant’s feelings; regardless of race....

Ruben, Fantasia and some other guy won....and they were black.

I’m sorry that the 14 gazillion contestants who auditioned over the years were kicked...there is only one winner each season.....regardless of race, and determined by audience votes.

I guess we need more Obama phones voting.

.....sigh


28 posted on 07/24/2013 6:59:46 PM PDT by Benjamin Dover (This tagline space for rent)
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To: PghBaldy

Jordan Sparks is mixed racial, but looks black.


29 posted on 07/24/2013 7:01:14 PM PDT by grania
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To: grania

liberals believe in the “one drop” rule now a days.


30 posted on 07/24/2013 7:01:51 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: EEGator

I’ve experienced racism and not once did it ever occur to me to file a lawsuit against anyone or any entity. I saw it for what it was, an asshole being an asshole; the world is full of them.


31 posted on 07/24/2013 7:04:31 PM PDT by South40
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To: grania

Judge Mariah Carey is mixed race also but she, like Obama, is considered black by the black community. This matters because it means three of the four judges are black...on a show that these people claim is biased against blacks. It doesn’t even pass the laugh test.


32 posted on 07/24/2013 7:06:51 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

Of course you’re correct. I was just having some fun.


33 posted on 07/24/2013 7:07:05 PM PDT by EEGator
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Freeman then discovered that throughout Idol's then-11-season run, only nine other people had been publicly disqualified

That is because they LIED on their application forms. There were other people disqualified, but not publicly because they TOLD THE TRUTH on their forms. The fact that all the LIARS turned out to be black, has nothing to do with racism.

34 posted on 07/24/2013 7:07:41 PM PDT by TheCipher (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself- Mark Twain)
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I know, I was just sharing my experience. Blacks always cry racism when they don’t get their way. It’s because they have been taught to claim that life’s failures are no fault of their own but are the fault of a racist American society, the same American society that elected and reelected a black man to the White House. :-)


35 posted on 07/24/2013 7:11:00 PM PDT by South40
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To: GeronL

They probably got to visit him in his trailer. No parents allowed, of course.


36 posted on 07/24/2013 7:11:49 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

I’d say that is very likely.


37 posted on 07/24/2013 7:12:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SMGFan.
New York attorney James H. Freeman, representing the plaintiffs, says he began investigating the show after Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012, because he didn't inform producers about multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Ambulance chasing ping.


38 posted on 07/24/2013 7:13:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Hey South40..... For the past 5 years I have been experiencing racism every single day, but I’ve gotten kinda used to it. Being a white cracker just ain’t that easy anymore. ;>)


39 posted on 07/24/2013 7:13:51 PM PDT by Gator113
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What I like is how often country singers have won. It's pretty obvious they try to rig it towards the end, and they often don't get their fave.

I haven't watched it for a few years now. Without Simon and Paula, it stopped being funny.

40 posted on 07/24/2013 7:14:12 PM PDT by grania
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I liked the show better back when it was called ‘The Gong Show.’


41 posted on 07/24/2013 7:15:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Gator113

:-)


42 posted on 07/24/2013 7:16:08 PM PDT by South40
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Gotcha. :)

Things will get better when everybody shuts their pie holes, and treats each person as an individual. Assholes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and sexes. Good people too.


43 posted on 07/24/2013 7:20:08 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: PghBaldy

Fantasia, and again this year another fat ugly black girl


44 posted on 07/24/2013 7:26:01 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SMGFan

I have had it up to here with the freaking race card. HEY, HE MISLED ABOUT THE ARREST WARRANTS. We don;t know the reasons for the other dq’s but if they are of a similar vein, then the fact that the rejects all happened to be Black is either a) coincidence or b) evidence of social dysfunction within the Black community that is going unaddressed because of PC.


45 posted on 07/24/2013 7:27:54 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: EEGator

This is to the race-card-morons filing suit: You weren’t any good...in spite of what your friends and parents say to you. In other words, you are a talent-less schmuck. Go back to working at the recycling center.


46 posted on 07/24/2013 7:27:56 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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Fantasia, Jordin Sparks also are black....and won

The pct of black winners is higher than pct of blacks in US. This lawsuit is just more Black Racism


47 posted on 07/24/2013 7:32:51 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Difference between George Zimmerman and Al Sharpton is that Sharpton woulda let honky family burn)
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To: SMGFan

Unless they can show whites with similar legal problems, I don’t think they’ll get too far, And it sounds like BS that applying for AI is the same as applying for employment.


48 posted on 07/24/2013 7:33:03 PM PDT by Will88
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What about the Asians? I mean come on, the only Asian of note they've had is this guy.


49 posted on 07/24/2013 7:35:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SMGFan

How often do white families win on the current version of Family Feud?


50 posted on 07/24/2013 7:40:46 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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