‘American Idol’ Accused of Racism by 9 Black Ex-Contestants

TMZ, January 25, 2013

Nine black former “American Idol” contestants—from various seasons—are banding together to SUE the show . . . claiming they were all FORCED off “Idol” as part of a racist (and illegal) plot to boost ratings.

TMZ has obtained a letter, submitted to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by NY attorney James H. Freeman—in which he asks for permission to sue Idol and FOX on behalf of his clients . . . who have all appeared on the show: FYI, Freeman is required to file with the EEOC before filing suit.


In his letter, Freeman claims he noticed something fishy about “Idol” when Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012. Producers had claimed Jones failed to inform them about multiple outstanding warrants out for his arrest.

Freeman claims he conducted an investigation into the show—and found that producers had only publicly disqualified 9 other people from the show since it first hit the air . . . and they all happened to be black.

Freeman now alleges that “Idol” has been conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.

According to the letter, Freeman believes the annual “scheme” begins during the background check stage of the show—when producers ask wannabe contestants the question—“Have you ever been arrested?”

Freeman claims the question is a violation of CA employment law . . . and since his clients were essentially applying for “employment” with Idol, the show was FORBIDDEN from asking contestants about their arrest history.

But Freeman claims . . . the ill-gotten information from the question, coupled with arrest records obtained by private investigators working for Idol, were used to humiliate the black Idol contestants on national TV . . . and in the process, perpetuated “destructive stereotypes” about black people.


What’s more . . . Freeman claims the show has “NEVER once publicly disqualified a white or non-black American Idol contestant in the history of the eleven season production.”

According to Freeman, NONE of the contestants who were disqualified from the show based on their criminal backgrounds were convicted of the crimes for which they were charged at the time of their disqualification.


FYI—“Idol” has had 3 African-American winners in its history—Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks.

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  • ed91

    gee whiz! who could have seen that coming?


  • ** BRUTUS **

    Whoa is me.

    Again the poor black male is punished with racism, nobody likes poor DeVonte.

    Maybe it was slavery that caused this, oh wait in New Orleans there were over 2200 black slave owners. The first legal slaveholder was black NOT WHITE.

    Oh and lets see three of the four judges on the panel are ( black) only one is white.

    Why aren’t these people ashamed of their history of failure and dependence on whites to live and eat? Maybe Obama could sign another Executive Order and get them all reinstated?

    • Gerónimo Anónimo

      Not a surprise since it was other Blacks who sold them to the Arabs.

    • StillModerated

      In Charleston the slave trade subsidized the finest synagog outside New York.

      • RisingReich

        lol. and this comment is allowed to stay? Your moderation is quite ‘selective’.

    • Vonhauer

      Blacks learn the “I’m a victim now gibs me some munay.” before age five.

    • People dislike DeVonte not because he’s black, but because he behaves like a retarded chimp on crack.

  • I only wish white people were unwilling to listen to black people with rap sheets sing.

    Start at about 2:00, that is, if you don’t want to be sad.


    • Tom_in_Miami


    • StillModerated

      Indeed! There were way too many crackers in that crowd.

      • It’s almost all white people. The main “artist” now sits in jail because he violated his probation, after doing not even doing a month in jail for pointing a gun at a Chicago cop, that incident actually launched his rap career and is why you’re even seeing that video. He violated his probation 100 million times since then, but the last last last last straw was that he dealt with real firearms at a gun range in New York to make a rap video. So he gets another 60 days in jail…he’ll actually do 30 if that, probably.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Anyone can be a rap star these days:

          Put a couple of workboots in the dryer, recite Dr. Suess aloud — voila!! You are now a rap star!!


          • StillModerated

            Q: How do you starve a “rap star” to death?
            A: Hide his EBT card under those work boots.

    • Vonhauer

      I find absolutely nothing hip or cool about blacks. Their ignorance shines through in nearly everything they do.

      • It’s just blacks being blacks. What scares me about that video is the white audience. I hope to God they grow up, eventually, and one of these days.

        • purestocles

          My thoughts exactly. Anyone else notice that before 1965 and Black Power, black groups like the Temptations, Four Tops, Chi-lites, Marvin Gaye and dozens of others actually made music with rhythm, good lyrics, melody and harmony? Ever since they gave up “trying to be like Whites”, black music has gone to the dogs. Rap is regression back to hypnotizing African tribal drumming and zoned-out chanting like at some kind of all-night drug ritual.

          • Well, even the Temptations gradually transitioned from friendly crooners to proto-black power on their own, when they went from David Ruffin to Dennis Edwards as their lead singer.

          • pcmustgo

            ALL music has gone to the dogs since the 60’s. The 60’s was the peak of American music.

            White rock music these days is a bunch of smashing guitars, droning/zoning can’t understand the lyrics, yelling, etc.

            No one bothers crafting. songs anymore. It all sounds the same.

            Interesting note about rap being like tribal drumming and chanting…

    • Joe Mama

      At Lalapalooza .. Boy has it changed since I used to go in the 90’s .. You couldn’t drag me to one now..

  • America First

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was established on July 2, 1965; its mandate was specified under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, continued and expanded in and by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA),[6] the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. These acts have resulted in an explosion of claims at the federal and states’ levels, a greatly expanded judiciary (and consequent attendant staffing), especially at the federal level, and loads of lawsuits. This is why the number of lawyers in this country has increased geometrically in the past 40 years. I would guess these laws have directly cost the nation close to a trillion dollars since Kennedy’s first executive order implementing “affirmative action” (Number 10925), which presaged the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and first used that term.

  • falsedawn

    I love it when the blacks go after the tv or hollywood bums…

    • So CAL Snowman

      Blacks vs. Jews, I wonder who is going to win?

      • Triarius

        I Wish they could both lose.

      • OlderWoman

        Blacks hate Jews, however, Jews support Blacks. Look at Gyorgy Schwartz and his spending habits. He is the reason obama was put in the White House.

  • The__Bobster

    I can’t figure out why people tune in to watch Whites whine, shriek and wail like ghetto trash. You couldn’t pay me to watch that show.

    • bigone4u


    • LaSantaHermandad

      I can’ think of one White pop singer that doesn’t sound like a Black. That’s why I prefer Country and Opera.

      • OlderWoman

        Opera and Classical music are my favorites. I don’t like the whining in country music or the thuggishness of rap and hiphop. Rock music bores me to tears.

    • Joe Mama

      I’m with you.. I never, nor will I ever watch bullcrap shows like this..

    • 5n4k33y35

      Yep. All that ‘soul’ influence is ruining white music sensibilities.

  • OlderWoman

    ‘…and in the process, perpetuated “destructive stereotypes” about black people.’
    Incredible….how stupid these people are. They can’t reason themselves out of a paper bag.

    • Tom_in_Miami

      And what, pray tell, are these “destructive stereotypes”? That they behave as we see them with our own eyes?

      • Joseph

        This is another way of saying: “People always blame us for the stuff we do!”

    • Joseph

      How ironic that you use that metaphor. You know, the paper bag was invented by Monroe Smithfield, a black grocery store deliveryman in 1867. The store owner stole the idea, fired Mr. Smithfield, and shortly thereafter sold the idea to a friend in Missouri who owned a pulp-mill and everyone but poor Monroe retired quite wealthy from the paper bag industry.

      See how easy it is to make it up as you go.

  • MekongDelta69

    Wah wah wah – why let a little thing like an arrest warrant stop any of these ‘aspiring youfs’?

    Btw, in the story, 3 of the 4 judges are black (Randy, Mariah, Minaj).

    • So CAL Snowman

      Minaj is under the delusion that she is a pretty White girl.

      • RisingReich

        She’s a nasal disgusting ‘being’. Wouldn’t stretch so far as to accuse her of being human though.

      • OlderWoman

        She has a tacky appearance.

      • brengunn

        And Mariah thinks she’s a pretty black woman!

  • Lewis33

    Where would these poor, downtrodden blacks be without goodhearted lawyers like Mr. Freeman to help them.

  • Ulick

    These black men all have criminal records and lied about it. This is completely normal in the black community. Since blacks don’t hold criminality and lying against each other, they’re shocked when others do and wrongly label ethics as racism.

    I also love how the attorney is worried that their didmissal from the show may reinforce the stereotype of black men as criminals. Is it really a stereotype if everyone of these guys actually was a criminal?

    • Daisy

      I don’t think a record of an arrest constitutes a criminal record technically, although I sense something fishy given that in many states any arrest record for which the charges were dropped (or for which the court found a defendant not guilty) can be expunged. That said, the press would eventually find the arrest record and itinerant mugshot and have a field day with it.

      • Daisy

        Correction: I know that ‘charges dropped’ guarantees an expungement in many states; ‘not guilty’ I believe may also qualify, but I don’t know for certain.

    • World_War_Me

      EXCELLENT point!

  • bigone4u

    There is so much wrong here.
    First, I can’t stand TV because there are too many magic Negroes running around acting like magic Negroes. TV is the best friend blacks ever had. It portrays them 1000 percent more positive than they are in real life. I prefer the Internet where I can avoid blacks if I like.
    Second, California doesn’t allow employers to ask about arrest records? Sounds like another law designed to protect blacks.
    Third, the claim that destructive stereotypes are perpetuated by the truth is a nonstarter for my white brain.
    Fourth, if no whites have been disqualified, perhaps that means that whites had not been charged with crimes.
    If this lawsuit succeeds I will be unhappy.

    • Pelayo

      Has everyone noticed the way Whites are slowly disappearing from TV commercials? Within another year they’ll be totally gone. The ones that ARE still left are usually portrayed as buffoons and/or idiots except for the White women who are craving the “Prietos”.

      • Johnny Clay

        Yep. There’s the ad for some dating site where a black man and a white man are in a restaurant, and when the black man repeats the specials, the waitress fans herself with her notepad and says, “That’s……hot.” The second ad is where a group of parents are sitting around a table talking about paying for college, and the black couple is the only one that found the Gerber Life College Plan, while the other couples (all white) act like total dolts who had no knowledge of such a thing.

        • OlderWoman

          They push the envelope trying to give the impression that blacks are intelligent. It’s too obvious that advertising companies are anti-Wh!te.

        • Joseph

          There is the Cox Cable commercial where the agitated goofy white guy comes screaming out to inform his (black) neighbor -calmly and dutifully trimming his hedgerow of course, about the deal he just found with Cox cable service. As he goes dancing off like a fool the neighbor responds quietly “Oh, you have it too.”

          The blacks are always on top of everything that matters. Whites are always just slow on the uptake. It’s that same as when we took credit for the telephone, xray, traffic-signals, heart-surgery and everything else that blacks first discovered.

        • **BLUTO**

          Johnny I know whenever I have a problem or question that I just can not solve I do like they do on TV and in The Movies, I seek out the wisdom of blacks to help or hep me.
          In reading their claims to greatness I find it is much like a fairy tale ince everything they claim can be disproven. Oh maybe they did invent the comb as they claim but what in the world woud THEY use a comb for?
          No I just look at anyplace blacks live in large number and I see land values skyrocket, crime go down to almost zero and the nicest lawns on the planet Earth. Yep life would sure be different without blacks and maybe I am crazy but I wish I were living it…

        • **BLUTO**

          Johnny I know whenever I have a problem or question that I just can not solve I do like they do on TV and in The Movies, I seek out the wisdom of blacks to help or hep me.
          In reading their claims to greatness I find it is much like a fairy tale ince everything they claim can be disproven. Oh maybe they did invent the comb as they claim but what in the world woud THEY use a comb for?
          No I just look at anyplace blacks live in large number and I see land values skyrocket, crime go down to almost zero and the nicest lawns on the planet Earth. Yep life would sure be different without blacks and maybe I am crazy but I wish I were living it…

      • Joseph

        Yeah, there is the Allstate commercial where “mayhem” is the white guy and the informative black guy “Dennis” is the announcer. Man, if THAT isn’t backwards.

        Then, what is it with the State Farm insurance commercials?! This is an ongoing theme with them. There are 2, maybe 3 commercials with the suave, informative black guy helping the blonde chick -different ones, played against some white male doofus fit into the picture somehow. Really steams me everytime I get one of these “multicultural” lessons.

        Don’t they have enough high-risk drivers in the pool to satisfy the state insurance commissions or what?

        • 5n4k33y35

          And who is producing this crap? Devious Jews, usually.

        • Angry White Woman

          The one that always made the top of my head explode was the one before Christmas where Sears was advertising some Craftsman multi-purpose tool and 2 “suburban dads” each putting together a lawn chair. The ad ends with the intelligent, organized black man having finished his chair (using the advertised wonder tool) while the bumbling, clueless white man was still getting organized, and the ad stating as much in so many words.

          • Joseph

            You know, since you mention it, I think that the Wonder Tool was invented by the Nubians.


        • Integration Anxiety

          I noticed that commercial, too, but if it’s the same one I’m thinking of (the French art teacher), at least she goes on a date with the White guy. The intelligent black guy is left all alone.

          • Joseph

            Still, the white guy is a lying dolt. THAT is the point of the commercial: “See what she COULD have had but instead, chose the white guy.”

    • Joseph

      I think that the key is that you can ask if one has been *convicted* of a misdemeanor or felony but not simply an arrest. This is the legal standard that we have for job candidates at work. The story or the complainant may not be accurately relating the actual questions employed.

      • Federal law only lets you ask about felony convictions.

        • Joseph

          This is what we have according to Title VII:

          “Permissible inquiries of applicants-

          Conviction, arrest and
          court record:

          To inquire about convictions if the
          reason for the inquiry is a business

          That is a little vague but it does not specify felony convictions. Indeed, a conviction for stock fraud would not necessarily bar one from teaching school but felony sexual assault on a minor sure might.

          You could probably gin up a reason to ask for any conviction with some thought.

    • Same here … no television!
      For older movies, I turn to youtube and punch in “full length movie” and a year, eg. 1971.

      No commercials, stop and start at my pleasure.

  • Unperson

    “Freeman now alleges that “Idol” has been conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.”

    The phrase “cruel and inhumane” of course comes to us from the world of crime and punishment, and from laws against torture, etc. It is now, apparently, cruel and unusual punishment not to make a singing star out of any black who expresses a desire to be one. Their “entitlement mentality” is now so, well, mental, that they feel Hollywood OWES them stardom. For doing nothing more than just being their own wonderful black selves.

  • Racial victimization is one aspect of black privilege not available to white folks.

    This is seen in the various Black Expo talent contests that patently discriminate against non-blacks.

    Cry me a river.

    • Pelayo

      “Cry me a river.” That was Leonard Pitts’s closing statement on the murders of Channon & Christopher.

      Evil bastard that he is!

      • Yep. And since then I’ve used it often.

    • Ed_NY

      I remember back in the 80’s when the media tryed to portray the Huxtable family as the average african-american family. I don’t think too many people swallowed that hook but I believe that was about 25 years ago.

      • OlderWoman

        That WAS a pathetic attempt to make blacques seem intelligent and successful. I met Bill Cosby once in the latter 70’s when he was reading a script for Neil Simon’s “California Suite” and he was rude and arrogant to my friend and I. This was when he was dating white women and lying about it.

        • I’ve heard from several people who’ve met him that The Coz is an A-number one b**thole.

          • Von

            I remember as a lad on grandpa’s platation my best friend was a little black boy. Doobie was real nice and he didn’t smell that bad if you stayed up wind of him. One day when I got home from school my heart was broken,
            Grandaddy had traded Doobie for a milk cow.

          • Joseph

            Hey, cut him some slack. Big attitude just comes with being black.

      • Yep. And the Coz has made a noble effort at reforming the black mindset. Once I heard him chiding blacks for the peculiar names they bestow upon their children.

        I think it was W.E.B. DuBois w ho famously quipped that about 10 percent of the black population were comparable to whites (paraphrased.)

    • Vonhauer

      Whites pay for the “victimization.” In more ways than one.

  • APaige

    Criminal background checks find info on contestants-disqualifies them…all disqualified contestants are black…it prepetuates destructive stereotypes…repeat.
    They should have a new show-‘American Criminaidol’-winner of singing contest gets their arrest record cleaned. It would be as diverse as the NBA.

  • PesachPatriot

    This is ridiculous…randy is black, mariah carey and nicki minaj are mixed….yet more stupidity that makes me glad i don’t care about this show.

    • Johnny Clay

      I’m proud to say that I’ve never seen one episode of “American Idol.”

      • OlderWoman

        I don’t own a television. Never saw one episode.

        • Vonhauer

          Well if you’ve ever heard blacks over-sing, like making a two syllable word into ten, then you haven’t missed anything.

          • OlderWoman

            I am very anti-black and I will admit that I don’t see what all the fuss is about. The only talent I’ve seen come from the black race is The Pretenders. They were a wonderful quartet of singers. Great songs. Not freaks like the modern day blacks are.

          • Unperson

            The Pretenders are a white rock group from the 1980s. Do you maybe mean The Platters, the black vocal group who sang “The Great Pretender” back in the 1950s?

          • OlderWoman

            Oh, no! Thanks for correcting me. I do mean The Platters.

          • Joseph

            You mean- as sung like the word “free” in the National Anthem with the requisite black “artist”?

        • Brian

          My TV died years ago. I quickly found that I didn’t miss it at all, and didn’t bother replacing it. There’s so little inspiring content on it.

          • OlderWoman

            Television is responsible for the ‘dumbing down’ of America. People are so enthralled with trash like Housewives of Atlanta, Honey Boo Boo, American Idol and sports they know nothing of what our government is doing to us. It keeps them stupid and mind controlled.

          • Pat

            Bread and circuses…..

        • falsedawn

          Yep, My wife and I ditched our tv about ten yrs. ago now. We’re doing fine. When we got rid of ours, I was down to watching Seinfeld reruns and the “News.” now we read our books, and listen to our music and radio in the evenings.

      • PesachPatriot

        You aren’t missing much…I like the beginning of each season where people make fools of themselves on national television…after that it gets boring but my wife likes to watch it so I put up with it.

    • StillModerated

      Due to miscegenation, the three so-called blacks make up one mulatto.

  • There was one singer that did not even make tv, her name was Frenchie Davis who was disqualified from the show because she was featured on a porn site. Frenchie has done very well for herself and is not a party to this lawsuit.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    set out to humiliate them by making them audition and then disqualifying them due to their criminal records.

    So they were “made” to audition by racist producers out to specifically humiliate blacks in front of America causing them to suffer “permanent and severe impairment?”

    Is that it?


    Suing, blaming others, demanding “reparations” and screaming “racism” are the last refuges of black incompetents.

    American Idol jumped the shark years ago. Stick a fork in it and be done with it!!


  • dumb liberals

    Do liberal whites know they are on the front line and being used as tools by these animals and are always the first ones to be attacked?

    Never do anybody a favor if you dont want them to stab you in the back. African slavery was the biggest favor ever done for these Hamites and of course liberal Marxist Lincoln did them the ultimate favor.

    Have the Lincolnites ever been appreciated or thanked other than being taken over and driven out, overtaxed, raped , murdered, robbed, assaulted and ran South where they though they were getting away but run into the same rac problems they and their ancestor created for themselves who still stab the south in the back and take sides with them? And they wonder why the South hates “yankees”? pleaseeeeeeee

  • This is an example why this country needs to crack down on frivolous lawsuits. I really cannot believe they think they are going to win. The judges contain blacks and there has been black winners. I remember a few years ago this freakish ‘guy’ was on the show and told the judges that most people thought it was a girl. Well it didn’t make it to Hollywood and went into the lobby crying and calling America ‘racist’ even though it was white.

    • America First

      Believe me, and I know from personal experience, it is very difficult to have a lawsuit declared “frivolous,” although it is done more in the federal system than the state (New York, where I am). The case must be quite blatant in its absurdity or repetitiveness (in other words, a new lawsuit of matters already already litigated) to be tossed. Usually, it is the attorney who is sanctioned/fined; once in a while, the plaintiff also.

  • Vanessa

    Blacks are a race of infants and crybabies. The black race is an EPIC FAILURE.

  • Ed_NY

    There have been 11 complete seasons of American Idol. 3 seasons have produced black winners. That means that blacks have won 27% of the time. They represent roughly 13% of the population. Looks like blacks are favored and over represented by American Idol. Once again blacks playing the race card with absolutely no justification.

    • OlderWoman

      I’d bet they always mutilate the songs they sing or do some shuck and jive dance that’s been done before.

      • Joe Mama

        Yes, and they all think that they’re singers if they put a lot of vibrato into the ends of the sentence they are singing .. They think that’s great, but actually sounds all over the place stupid ..

    • And nobody remembers two of those three black winners, they became non-entities in a hurry.

      • Sloppo

        Perhaps we will be sued for not buying their music.

      • pcmustgo

        How could you forget Fantasia? Talk about ghetto… I actually like some black singers, but god, she was ghetto and sang all annoying too. It turned out she is illiterate too. It came out publically. Typical dysfunctional black upbringing…

        Melinda Doolittle sang a good “My funny valentine”. I saw that on youtube as I was googling the song.

        Otherwise, I’ve never watched the show.

      • Rex

        FACT: The one who beat Brittany Spears is a busboy in Memphis.
        Saw it on TMZ

  • marko

    This is another reason we need white only programs. It would save blacks from this humiliation.

  • Vonhauer

    Another bottom-dwelling schiester lawyer applying the RAAAACISM BS for monetary gain. I’d like to sue him.

    • asketh

      He plays the race game because his tribe invented it.

    • Joseph

      What would be hilarious justice is for this guy to find himself in South Africa some day having to make a living by suing on behalf of discriminated whites.

  • They should just get it over with and make it illegal to say “no” to black people.

  • Luca

    This law suit is going nowhere. They just want publicity and “shut-up and go away” money.
    I’m sure the producers of the show are smart enough to state on the contracts that this is only a contest and there is no promise of winning or employment and if you lie on your application you’ll be disqualified. Not to mention a bit of boiler plate in fine print saying they can’t sue and waive all rights and agree to an arbitration or some such escape clause.
    The sad news is they’ll get the “shut-up” money and slink away. You’ll read a blurb in Variety saying they settled out of court, while “Idol” admits no wrong-doing. It’s not worth the legal fees and paper work to fight these scumbags and the lawyers who file these frivolous claims know it..

  • thomas jefferson was a liberal

    liberals callng liberals racists is funny as hell and almost as funny as liberals in the hood killing each other.

  • silverbacks

    So they need more Fantasia apes?

  • Richard from Vancouver

    “Freeman now alleges that “Idol” has been conducting a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.” Isn’t exploitation and humiliation part of the themes for these reality shows? I strongly feel that anyone wishing to be a contestant on Idol should expect some forms of exploitation and humiliation in service to the ratings gods.