American Idol Denies Racist Claims The Show “Exploited And Humiliated Black Singers” For Ratings
Last week, media outlet TMZ reported that nine black ex-contestants that were on American Idol were making plans to sue the producers.
Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9 are all suing the show claiming they were disqualified because they were African-American, despite the fact that they were kicked off the show because of their criminal backgrounds.
Other ex-contestants stepped up to defend “Idol” like Melinda Doolittle, the finalist from Season 6 who disagrees with the allegations and gives her opinion, “It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, the ‘Idol’ team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race. However, each contestant is explicitly told that the withholding of information that may compromise the show or artist, can and will result in immediate disqualification.”
Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks gave his opinion as well, “American Idol is for everyone. All walks of life go through the show. Not once did I see the show discriminate towards anyone. It’s all about the votes.”
Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks are all black winners of the American Idol competition. It seems like the racist allegations are stemming from jaded ex-contestants that failed to inform the producers of their criminal history prior to competing.
American Idol producers and Fox have not responded to the allegations.