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(TMZ)   Ten former American Idol contestants are suing the show for $25 million each, claiming they were unjustly voted off because of their race. Clearly it had nothing to do with their lack of talent   (tmz.com) divider line 39
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2013-07-25 02:19:01 AM  
Did they really broadcast that these guys (and ONLY these guys; all black men) had arrest records? That's not $25 million shiatty, but it is shiatty.

/never watched Idol
 
2013-07-25 02:22:38 AM  
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Oh, put it back in the deck.
 
2013-07-25 02:30:19 AM  
Is Chris an albino black man?
 
2013-07-25 02:42:07 AM  
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 I swear, man, I don't have any talent. None! This is all I got.  Tell him, man.
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Yeah, he sucks!
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He'snot talented.
 
2013-07-25 02:42:10 AM  
heh - they all got the shaft

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2013-07-25 02:45:11 AM  
biatches be getting truculent
 
2013-07-25 02:52:37 AM  
You know what's the real crime?

That Flamebush McCrookedneck ever won that show.
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And somehow this guy lost:
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2013-07-25 02:57:29 AM  
Wait... That Chris guy is black?
 
2013-07-25 03:01:44 AM  
Not voted off, subby. Ejected. They were all disqualified.
 
2013-07-25 03:09:31 AM  
Is that white dude 'black' in support? or is he one of those black dudes who are white?

/confused
//also wants $5 million for confusion
 
2013-07-25 03:12:24 AM  
Please let it be "Pants on the ground man"... please please please...

Checks article

Damn... why can't it be?
 
2013-07-25 03:12:27 AM  
Ugh, those twins were annoying as hell.
 
2013-07-25 03:24:54 AM  
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Yo guys - I'm barely even black, but yo can I get in on this shiat?

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Ju not gett'n any of mah share hommie!
 
2013-07-25 03:25:56 AM  
Cash grab people problems
 
2013-07-25 03:32:02 AM  
Guessing their talent isn't getting them any money!!
 
2013-07-25 04:02:25 AM  
I think the show discriminated against people who aren't talented and everyone who's not talented should get a million dollars.
 
2013-07-25 04:05:16 AM  
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2013-07-25 04:05:30 AM  
I thought most of these reality shows disqualified people with certain criminal backgrounds because of that dude on The Bachelor, I think or maybe Survivor who turned out to be a psycho and no background check was performed. But anyway, boohoo. You're a criminal. Certain opportunities are forfeited in lieu of your past selfish or stupid behavior. That's life.  Waaaaaaah.
 
2013-07-25 04:12:33 AM  

stonelotus: I heard they got the boot for relentlessly making demands and asking stupid questions over and over.  If there's one thing I can't stand, it's attractive and successful African-Americans.


lol whut?  the filter filters out people who nag?
 
2013-07-25 04:14:28 AM  

MagSeven: I thought most of these reality shows disqualified people with certain criminal backgrounds because of that dude on The Bachelor, I think or maybe Survivor who turned out to be a psycho and no background check was performed. But anyway, boohoo. You're a criminal. Certain opportunities are forfeited in lieu of your past selfish or stupid behavior. That's life.  Waaaaaaah.


None of them were convicted of jack shiat.
 
2013-07-25 04:27:12 AM  

Gosling: MagSeven: I thought most of these reality shows disqualified people with certain criminal backgrounds because of that dude on The Bachelor, I think or maybe Survivor who turned out to be a psycho and no background check was performed. But anyway, boohoo. You're a criminal. Certain opportunities are forfeited in lieu of your past selfish or stupid behavior. That's life.  Waaaaaaah.

None of them were convicted of jack shiat.


Ooh, I actually missed that sentence. Good point.
 
2013-07-25 04:37:37 AM  
one of these things just doesn't belong here, one of these things just isn't the same
 
2013-07-25 04:43:52 AM  
One of these things is not like the other.  One of these things just doesn't belong...


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2013-07-25 04:57:22 AM  
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Whoa...whoa...whoa....how and when did GW Bush and Howdy Doody produce offspring together?
 
2013-07-25 05:30:49 AM  
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2013-07-25 06:10:45 AM  
If Chris is black, then his last name is amazingly fitting. (Golightly)
 
2013-07-25 07:33:46 AM  
anyone who has watched this show enough to make them keep renewing it should go to jail and then be shot upon your release!
 
2013-07-25 07:41:31 AM  
Bonanza Jellybean:

/never watched Idol

Sure, honey.
 
2013-07-25 07:42:13 AM  
When a business starts to hemorrhage,  it doesn't take long for the sharks to show up.
 
2013-07-25 07:44:35 AM  

Atomic Spunk: Is Chris an albino black man?


No, but you're close, sort of. If George Zimmerman, who's darker than four of the gentlemen pictured, is a racist cracker, then Chris Whoosits is a Thai ladyboy.
 
2013-07-25 08:00:21 AM  

MagSeven: Gosling: MagSeven: I thought most of these reality shows disqualified people with certain criminal backgrounds because of that dude on The Bachelor, I think or maybe Survivor who turned out to be a psycho and no background check was performed. But anyway, boohoo. You're a criminal. Certain opportunities are forfeited in lieu of your past selfish or stupid behavior. That's life.  Waaaaaaah.

None of them were convicted of jack shiat.

Ooh, I actually missed that sentence. Good point.


Convictions have nothing to do with it. American Idol is not a legal process.

What they were booted for, technically, is failing to disclose that they had been arrested (even if not charged) or were currently being prosecuted. In other words, things that don't make them a criminal, but that could be embarrassing to the show.

There's a section on the application that requires them to disclose such things so that the producers can decide whether it's a cause for concern. It won't necessarily get you excluded, but they need to know. And that's fair enough for a show that's 99% image, 1% substance.
 
2013-07-25 08:03:29 AM  

stonelotus: If there's one thing I can't stand, it's attractive and successful African-Americans.


Too late, that's now your fark label for me, give or take a pronoun.
 
2013-07-25 08:45:51 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: You know what's the real crime?

That Flamebush McCrookedneck ever won that show.
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And somehow this guy lost:
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No, the real crime is that this guy won a season
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2013-07-25 09:10:10 AM  
Didn't they blacken American Idol up last season and it tanked?
 
2013-07-25 09:36:31 AM  

czetie: There's a section on the application that requires them to disclose such things so that the producers can decide whether it's a cause for concern. It won't necessarily get you excluded, but they need to know. And that's fair enough for a show that's 99% image, 1% substance.


ha.  that's like filling out a job app and not knowing full well that putting on it that you were arrested or convicted of a crime doesn't get your app chucked right in the trash bin.
 
2013-07-25 10:42:07 AM  
I haven't watched idol in years so I don't know anything about most of those contestants. But the Brittenum twins, man, yikes. What pieces of work they were. If I recall correctly their past crimes (fraud or something) were only dug up long after they were booted.

But yeah, total wastes of space, major drama queens, just garbage. Was glad to see them go.

"YOU HAVE BROKEN MY SPIRIT!"

/anyone else remember that little speech? Comedy gold.
 
2013-07-25 11:02:00 AM  

frepnog: czetie: There's a section on the application that requires them to disclose such things so that the producers can decide whether it's a cause for concern. It won't necessarily get you excluded, but they need to know. And that's fair enough for a show that's 99% image, 1% substance.

ha.  that's like filling out a job app and not knowing full well that putting on it that you were arrested or convicted of a crime doesn't get your app chucked right in the trash bin.


...except that American Idol isn't a job, it's a short cut to wasting your fifteen minutes of fame on a reality show dressed up as a talent contest.

On a more serious note: if you fess up to, say, a prior conviction for DUI and you're now teetotal, going to AA, etc., they'll overlook it. If you hide it and they find it later, they'll boot you.

And if you wrecked your car during your drinking days, putting your best friend since kindergarten in a wheelchair, they'll probably use it in your bio clip as a heartwarming story about the redemptive power of music.
 
2013-07-25 12:38:02 PM  

frepnog: czetie: There's a section on the application that requires them to disclose such things so that the producers can decide whether it's a cause for concern. It won't necessarily get you excluded, but they need to know. And that's fair enough for a show that's 99% image, 1% substance.

ha.  that's like filling out a job app and not knowing full well that putting on it that you were arrested or convicted of a crime doesn't get your app chucked right in the trash bin.


Actually, it doesn't. I've worked in the hiring offices of several companies, and when you check that box, we sit down and talk it over. What was the crime? Was it a one-time thing, or do you make a habit of doing this? Does it have any bearing at all on the job you will be doing? For example, if the job entails cash-handling, and you went to jail for robbery or embezzlement, well, yeah, we're gonna wonder whether this is a good fit for you. For drunk driving? Eh. We wish you hadn't, but it doesn't make us wonder if your hand will be in the till. It does make us discard your application to drive one of our delivery trucks, if that's the job.  Murder or assault, we probably will not hire you for a position that requires customer contact, and will have serious pause with regard to placing you among our employees. Mouthed off to a cop at a traffic stop and did time for obstruction when you were 22? We were all young and stupid at some point.

In six different positions at six different companies, (including the federal government, and one city government) I've never seen an application tossed prima facie because the arrest box was checked. I have seen people fired when they did not reveal a past crime and we found out about it, however.
 
2013-07-25 12:46:43 PM  

HwiNoree: frepnog: czetie: There's a section on the application that requires them to disclose such things so that the producers can decide whether it's a cause for concern. It won't necessarily get you excluded, but they need to know. And that's fair enough for a show that's 99% image, 1% substance.

ha.  that's like filling out a job app and not knowing full well that putting on it that you were arrested or convicted of a crime doesn't get your app chucked right in the trash bin.

Actually, it doesn't. I've worked in the hiring offices of several companies, and when you check that box, we sit down and talk it over. What was the crime? Was it a one-time thing, or do you make a habit of doing this? Does it have any bearing at all on the job you will be doing? For example, if the job entails cash-handling, and you went to jail for robbery or embezzlement, well, yeah, we're gonna wonder whether this is a good fit for you. For drunk driving? Eh. We wish you hadn't, but it doesn't make us wonder if your hand will be in the till. It does make us discard your application to drive one of our delivery trucks, if that's the job.  Murder or assault, we probably will not hire you for a position that requires customer contact, and will have serious pause with regard to placing you among our employees. Mouthed off to a cop at a traffic stop and did time for obstruction when you were 22? We were all young and stupid at some point.

In six different positions at six different companies, (including the federal government, and one city government) I've never seen an application tossed prima facie because the arrest box was checked. I have seen people fired when they did not reveal a past crime and we found out about it, however.


This. I was hiring manager for a position one time and an otherwise-promising candidate had a one year gap in his employment history (this was long ago in another country where there was no form nor checkbox, just a resume). I gave him several chances to explain it, but he wouldn't offer anything more than "just doing stuff" -- which was hard to not read as "just doing time". If he'd straightforwardly told me what he'd done, I could have made a sensible judgement call; but a blank space wasn't something I could take a chance on.
 
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