Ex-Idol Hopefuls to Feds: Show Is Racist
Contestants seek equal-opportunity investigation: lawyer
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 26, 2013 5:14 PM CST
Ryan Seacrest attends the "American Idol" premiere event at UCLA, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Nine former American Idol contestants say race was a factor in their exits from the show—and they're asking federal officials to investigate. Hopefuls ranging from the second season's Corey Clark to the ninth season's Chris Golightly are involved in the request. They say the show highlighted black would-be idols who had criminal records; producers hoped for a ratings boost as those records went public.

"As of now it is not a lawsuit; it is just a request to the federal government that they investigate," their lawyer tells E! Online. The site points to Clark's story: He was booted following word he'd been arrested for alleged assault. Jermaine Jones was kicked off last year when producers reportedly discovered he'd been lying about a criminal record.

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Jan 28, 2013 7:48 PM CST
Pass all the laws you want to protect against Racism.....As long as Anglos run the show, there will be racism. "Rodney King" Where are you? Please come back. .......... "Can't we all get along?"...... Ever since our President, half Anglo half African, won re-election, the White Satans of the GOP are really behaving themselves. They have never refered to the President as being half White...only that he is Black. They are even talking about courting the Illegal Hispanic vote...Wow....to think, they wouldn't serve me at Dairy Queen in Lubbock, Tx 50 yrs ago because I was a cotton picker....Not allowed to use the bathroom at a Texaco Service Station, Expelled from Junior High School for speaking Spanish. Mind you, all this time my birth certificate filed in Austin, Texas listed me as a White American. 1942
Jan 28, 2013 8:39 AM CST
It's not surprising. Don't they know you're not supposed to call blacks (or mulattos or high-yellas) out on any criminal thing they've done? It's racist if you do. They get a free pass because of slavery.
Jan 27, 2013 4:58 PM CST
The anti-white stupid it hurts! Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY! a) Genocide