9 Black Former 'American Idol' Contestants Plan To Sue The Show For Racism. Accuse Idol Of "Cruel & Inhumane" Scheme To Exploit & Humiliate Black Contestants For Ratings.


Nine former African American contestants have united to file a lawsuit against American Idol, accusing the show of racism.


According to TMZCorey 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), have hired New York attorney James H. Freeman to sue the show on their behalf.

Freeman has taken the first step in the process by submitting a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asking to sue the show. Freeman is required to file with the EEOC before moving forward with the lawsuit.


Freeman began to look into American Idol's dismissal of black contestants when Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012. Fox executives said Jones was kicked off the show for failing to inform them about several outstanding warrants out for his arrest.

Jermaine Jones

Freeman says that during his investigation of the show he found out that all nine of the contestants that  were kicked off the show over the the years were African American. He further claims that the show has "NEVER once publicly disqualified a white or non-black American Idol contestant in the history of the eleven season production."

Freeman accuses Idol of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings by making them appear to be "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" 

None of the disqualified contestants were ever convicted of the crimes for which they were charged at the time of their elimination.

"Yet their personal and professional lives remain permanently and severely impaired by [the show's] continuing violations of our nation's laws," says Freeman.

Freeman claims that when Idol asks would be contestants the question: "Have you ever been arrested?" during the background check stage they violate CA employment law. The question is forbidden since his clients were applying for employment.


Freeman says Idol used the background information and arrest records to humiliate contestants and perpetuate "destructive stereotypes" about black people.

As soon as Freeman gets the green light from the EEOC, he will move forward with the lawsuit.

Ruben Studdard and Jordin Sparks

Three African American contestants have previously won the show including Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks.

Fox executives declined to comment on the story.

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Comment by Lee Davis on January 29, 2013 at 11:08am
I don't see it going anywhere. They applied for a contest, not employment, so they can ask what they want. And concerning white people being kicked off the show too but not publicly- was it American Idol that initiated it or was it because that's what the media (TMZ, E, etc) decided to report? If so, I can't fault the show because of the media.
Comment by Gutta on January 26, 2013 at 10:57am
@scotia says a white guy or Spanish whatever u are kick rocks
Comment by scotia_built on January 26, 2013 at 10:00am
gutta your an idiot
Comment by Gutta on January 26, 2013 at 8:26am
Listen to u crackers and spics don't talk about black people always using the race card first of all y'all don't live what we live we get sterotyped and judged from the gate we always have to prove our self to people that ain't even worthy crackers out there killing kids and commiting suicide etc. spics y'all think y'all crackers trying to make it harder for us not realizing crackers to accept y'all either just cause y'all lighter you think u can blend in but they don't respect y'all either that's why they call y'all illegal aliens and s*** I was just telling my partner I would never wanna see some Spanish as president cause they would put us in a worser place than crackers or try to turn everything in to Puerto Rico f*** outta her with that race card s*** b**** y'all be speaking out of place until somebody knock your punk a** out
Comment by WHOOOO on January 25, 2013 at 6:41pm
@This5 name 1 white or non-black person that got kicked off the show because of their criminal past. name one, i dare you. they got "humiliated" because they were too dumb and lied about their application about criminal records before entering the contest. If you ask me, they asked for it. when you're on TV, your past will resurface.
Comment by Trend Saga on January 25, 2013 at 6:39pm
I love how every time white or black people f*** up they try to call each other out as a whole race. Black people will stop playing the race card when you white f**** stop taking every opportunity to say racism doesn't exist. This s*** is the work of the media industry playing these nine fools for publicity. This s*** make for ratings in itself, and y'all buy into it and get angry at which ever race in the story. Get a f***** clue.
Comment by brian on January 25, 2013 at 6:35pm
sounds legit
Comment by thatnigga253 on January 25, 2013 at 6:17pm
based off the facts stated they got a case...
Comment by hOLLANDjUNGLE on January 25, 2013 at 6:16pm
Comment by Thomas Mason on January 25, 2013 at 5:00pm
lol that chris guy aint black hahaha

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