American Idol to Be Sued for Racism, Discrimination

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A contingent of nine former American Idol contestants have come together to plan a lawsuit against the Fox hit, accusing it of a racist conspiracy to enhance ratings.

Lawyer James H. Freeman has filed a letter, obtained by TMZ, that seeks permission from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file said suit on behalf of clients from a number of Idol seasons.

In the document, Freeman says producers have expelled 10 total singers from the show… and every single one of them has been African-American.

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Freeman accuses the competition of a "cruel and inhumane" plot to exploit black hopefuls and then embarrass them during the background check portion of the show when contestants are asked if they have ever been arrested.

This is a violation of Calfornia employment law, the letter states.

Moreover, according to Freeman, none of these disqualified contestants were ever convicted of the crimes that led to their ousting, "yet their personal and professional lives remain permanently and severely impaired by [the show's] continuing violations of our nation's laws."

Three African-Americans - Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks - have won the American Idol title over the years, while producer Nigel Lythgoe says of the allegations:

"We treat everybody the same ... no matter the race, religion or sex

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"Freeman accuses the competition of a "cruel and inhumane" plot to exploit black hopefuls and then embarrass them during the background check portion of the show when contestants are asked if they have ever been arrested"-- It's not their fault that they MUST ask this question! It’s MANDATORY. I’m sure there were white people that were asked and removed for that same reason. That was a pure coincidence. Maybe if they didn’t break the law in the first place, they would have had a shot. We cannot have criminals (harsh, but it’s the truth) as an “American Idol” winners as they are idolized by many people, including children. That’s not a good look for the show, the network, and other contestants.

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@nate higgers.......You say they should have never ended slavery.......Now why is that? Is it because you wish you could own a slave? Sure you do. You know why? Because you are a fat ass lazy pervert. I bet it just kills you to know there is a BLACK PRESIDENT.......LOL

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@Nate Higgers people like you disgust me. Let me guest some black guy got the job over you is that why you hate niggers, some black guy stole your girlfriend is that why you hate niggers? The black guy that was net to you in the locker room had a bigger dick than you is that why you hate niggers. I agree with you on one thing there are a lot of lazy niggers out there. But all of them do not have black skin. There is a white guy down the road from me that receives public assistance. In fact on the 8th of every month I purchase food stamps from him. LOL But since you want to talk about the issues you think people of color have. Lets talk about that dirty white skin your in. First lets start by telling everyone how you molest children you sick creep. Oh yeah I know you deep dark secret. How pray on the weak. You talk about how you hate black people. NO You really hate yourself. How can you look at yourself in the mirror knowing you have touched on children you creep. Your a waste of a human life.

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NOT ALL AFRIAN AMERICANS ARE WELL EDUCATED AND FOR MOSTOF THEM THATS THE CARDS THEY WERE DEALT ON THAT NOTE @NATE HIGGERS AND ABE NIETHER OF YOU ARE VERY SMART POSTING YOUR HATE ANS RACIAL COMMENTS ON THE INTERNET IM A WELL EDUCAED MOTHER OF FOUR WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE IN WEDDING PLANNING AND A MASTERS IN BUSINESS AND ITS PEOPLE LOKE YOU WHO ARE MAKING THIS WORLD CRUEL FOR MY CHILDREN TO LOVE IN YOU BETTER GET YOUR MIND RIGHT BECAUSE YOUR GONG TO HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO IN THIS WORLD YOUR CALLING OUR RACE STUPID BUT LOOKAT THE COMMENTS YOU HAVE POSTED YOU AND ABE ARE THE ONLY STUPID ONES HERE FOR ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US.. JUDGE A MAN NOR WOMAN BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN BUT BY THE SIZE OF THEIR KOWLEDGE AND THEIR HEART.. NO RACE WHEATHER ITS AFRICAN AMERICAN,CAUASIAN,ASIAN,MEXICAN IS BETTER THEN THE OTHER BECAUSE IF YOU CUT US ALL IN THE SAME SPOT WE ARE ALL STILL GONNA BLEED RED BLOOD GOD LOVES US ALL WE ARE ALL HIS CHLDREN NO MATTER WHAT COLOR OR RACE WE ARE

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Amazing that this excuse for a TV talent show is STILL ON THE AIR.
FOX should have pulled the plug when Simon Cowell left. Say what you will about him, but he kept it real,and kept it grounded.
Look how it floundered since he's been gone.
Anyone who goes into the music business today is more likely to meet people like Simon than say,Mariah Carey or Jennifer Lopez.

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Whether black,white,brown or asian,we ar all human beings and not at all shud we thnk that we ar any special than our friends.Hate higgers/niggers,u ar such a disgrace to humanity.Proud African(Zambian)

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i agree with this, but theres also discrimination towards gay people, like with Adam Lambert he was way better than the other guy and most people think he didn't win because he is gay

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I am white and may i just say that it is very offensive to say that whites are better then blacks I have known many whites that are way wrose

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Please do not play the color card on this please.YOU JUST CANNOT SING PERIOD.

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Kip on sending those comments about niggers and white trash.Other stupid comments wl delete them.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]