We already know The Bachelor has racist tendencies, according to some scorned potential suitors anyway. Still waiting to have a Bachelor brother…
A New York attorney named James H. Freeman is suing the show on behalf of 9 former black Idol contestants- 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).
The attorney started off his letter by saying that he noticed something fishy about Idol after they booted off Jermaine Jones last year for failing to inform them about multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Freeman launched an investigation into the show and discovered that the producers had only publicly disqualified 9 other people from the show since it first hit the air … and they all happened to be black.
Now he alleges that the show has been conducting a ‘cruel and inhumane scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings’. He says the scheme begins during the background check stage. The producers ask the possible contestants if they’ve ever been arrested, even though they aren’t supposed to. Since they are essentially applying for employment with the show, they aren’t legally allowed to ask about their arrest history.
Freeman claims that the show has made his clients appear to be ‘violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants’ when they weren’t and the show has ‘NEVER once publicly disqualified a white or non-black contestant in the history of the eleven season production.’ He also alleges that none of the disqualified contestants were convicted of their crimes.
Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe said he was ‘shocked’ by the ‘ridiculous’ allegations and that they treat everyone with the same respect.
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