Nine former black contestants are angry over American Idol alleged racism, so much so that they’ve hired a lawyer to fight back against one of Fox’s most popular television shows.
While you might think that the suit is charging “American Idol” with discrimination over a lack of auditions, or a lack of black artists advancing throughout the show, it’s actually a bit deeper than that.
A lawyer for the nine former contestants, who are all male, alleges that “American Idol” has found ways to perfectly cast African American singers for its primetime show, only to publicly embarrass them by digging into their past and justifying their premature ouster from the singing competition.
According to the NY Daily News, the hired lawyer, James Freeman, has “submitted a letter to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for permission to sue the show on behalf of nine humiliated African-American contestants - all of them male.”
Over the past 11 seasons of “American Idol,” there have been a couple of black winners, most notably Fantasia in season 3. The show has also crowned Ruben Studdard and Jordin Sparks. This season, of course, the producers have added Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj to the judges’ panel.