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Nine former contestants of reality show American Idol have joined forces to sue the show, accusing it of systematic racial abuse in an attempt to enhance the popularity of the show and improve viewing figures.
The representative of the nine contestants, lawyer James H. Freeman has filed a letter with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of his clients, who have taken part in the show over several seasons.
Corey Clark ( >who sued MTV for their coverage of his dismissal from the show in 2012), Jaered Andrews, Donnie Williams, Terrell Brittenum, Derrell Brittenum, Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson, Ju’Not Joyner and Chris Golightly have been named as Mr Freeman’s clients.
The letter accuses American Idol of running a “cruel and inhumane” plot to exploit African-American contestants in particular, by embarrassing them when they are asked if they have ever been arrested during the background check section of the show.
The nine claimants- all black – have each been publicly ousted from the show at this point, but Mr Freeman cites that this is in violation of Californian employment law.
Furthermore, Freeman states that none of the nine contestants disqualified were ever convicted of the crimes but he feels that their portrayal on the show has led to their professional and personal lives remaining “permanently and severely impaired”.
He also accused the show of using “destructive stereotypes” of black people, adding that the show has “never once publicly disqualified a white or non-black American Idol contestant in its 11-season production.”
Producer Nigel Lythgoe denied the allegations stating “we treat everybody the same…no matter the race, religion or sex.” As an added bonus (just like the casinos offer), we found this video for you. Watch and get the whole picture.…
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Fans of Lady Gaga have been waiting with bated breath for the release of the pop star’s latest album, ARTPOP. Though Gaga announced the album in August and has been teasing fans with tidbits about it ever since, last week her producer dashed hopes for an early 2013 release by saying that there is still “a lot of work” to be done on the album.
One of the reasons ARTPOP is still in the works is that Lady Gaga is a perfectionist, and, despite accusations to the contrary, she is still more of an artist than a businesswoman. Refusing to profit off her current popularity by releasing album after album of hastily slapped together songs creating chaos like at the blackjack table, Lady Gaga still insists on writing every song herself. Naturally this creative process takes inspiration and of course time.
In a tweet last November, Gaga announced she had written “like 50” songs for ARTPOP, but the process of recording and producing the songs continues. Both Gaga and her producer intend to make history with this next album. The star promises that ARTPOP will be very risky—even riskier than her last album, Born This Way, which was released in 2011. She also said that ARTPOP will be a multimedia experience linked to apps on various platforms like iPad and smartphones. A “Telephone” sequel has also been promised.
Though it seems fans have heard a lot of talk about ARTPOP, with Lady Gaga’s groundbreaking style you really never know what to expect until it happens. Fans may have to keep their excitement under control for now and check back with Gaga when her current tour ends March 20.…
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