According to a recent article in CNN, 10 ex-“Idol” contestants are suing Fox and FremantleMedia, the show’s producer.
Their complaint, filed Thursday in New York is seeking $25 million — that’s MILLION — each. They claimed they were unfairly dismissed from the show because of their race — they’re black.
I’m just about sick and tired of blacks that want to claim that every bad thing that happens to them is because they’re black.
Maybe the truth is they just couldn’t sing and they got the hook.
Then some shyster — aka lawyer — started thinking he had a great way of making a few bucks. After all, most attorney’s get 33% of what they’re able to win for their clients.
So again, some greedy lawyer talks to some folks and says they were treated poorly because of the color of their skin. They start to thinking and realize that $25 million — minus the shark’s 33% — might be able to buy them some siging lessons, so they decide to see if their number has been picked in the lottery and they troop on down to the courthouse to see.
What evidence do I have for making my guess that everything was hunky-dory until the shit-for-brains lawyer got involved?
Look at who the former contestants are:
The 10 plaintiffs include Jaered Andrews (season 2), Corey Clark (season 2), Jacob John Smalley (season 2), Donnie Williams (season 3), Terrell and Derrell Brittenum (season 5), Thomas Daniels (season 6), Akron Watson (season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (season 8)and Chris Golightly (season 9).
So if they weren’t complaining about racism in seasons 2 through 9, then when did they wake up and decide they had been mistreated?
Easy. The morning after the lawyer talked to them.
Season 12 saw Jermaine Jones shown the stage door when his criminal history came to light. But Jones is showing some maturity and character.
Instead of joining the rest of the crybabies and lining up to steal some cash, he’s deal with the situation in a classy way.
“I think that they handled (the situation) the way they wanted to handle the situation. Do I agree with it? Of course not. I would love to have been on the show to be able to compete,” Jones said. “But you know I take the highs and the lows, the good and the bad.”
When he was asked to be a part of the lawsuit, Jones said he declined. “I’m grateful for the whole experience. You know, the good parts, the bad parts — it all made me who I am, and it helped enhance and cultivate me as a person (and) as a musician, as an artist, as a performer. I’m just moving forward.”
During the twelve seasons that ‘Idol” has been on the air, there have been four black winners. During the 12 seasons of “American Idol,” four African-American contestants have won: Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks (who is biracial) and Candice Glover.
Did they win because they were black? No, they won because they had talent, something these ten mental midgets don’t have.
Now, don’t misunderstand me, I believe their are times and incidents where blacks get the shaft because of skin color. But not EVERY TIME that they claim. C’mon.
Besides, the Supreme Court made a ruling some years ago that guaranteed that whites would get the shaft because of skin color — it’s called Affirmative Action.
Their attorney, James H. Freeman, said the exit of season 11 contestant Jermaine Jones inspired him to take the case. I
- Ten former “Idol” contestants have sued, alleging racial bias (fox6now.com)
- 10 ex-‘Idol’ contestants sue, alleging racism (kdvr.com)
- ‘American Idol’ racism lawsuit finds former contestants alleging discrimination (newsday.com)
- Former American Idol Contestants File Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit Against The Show Citing Racial Discrimination (news.radio.com)
- 10 ex-‘Idol’ contestants sue, alleging racism (cnn.com)
- 10 ex-‘Idol’ contestants sue, alleging racism (fox13now.com)
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