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The popular show, American Idol has been called out by nine ex-contestants, all African American, who have named the show for being racist.
The story was initially released by TMZ, during which nine ex-contestants of the show announced they would be suing the Idol producers for public disqualifications with racist origins. Though Fox and the producers of Idol have yet to respond, many current and former contestants have already spoken out against this action.
"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," said Melinda Doolittle, a Season Six finalist of the show.
Other past contestants have agreed with her, seeming to share the same chain of thought of not having seen the strong racism presented by the accusers. However, things are still very much in the air.
According to The Examiner, James H. Freeman, a New York Attorney, may be given the go-ahead by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to sue Fox and the producers of Idol. If this happens, the case will turn into a full-blown lawsuit.
Currently, there has only been one statement from one of the executive producers of the show, Nigel Lythgoe.
"We treat everybody the same -- no matter the race, religion or sex. I think we've always had a fantastic share of talent from contestants both black and white -- I don't think I've ever seen racism at the show."
The news has certainly caused quite the stir. And of course, people are anxious to hear news of the case as it develops.
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