January 26, 2013 04:00 PM by Martha Zaborowski
Nine former contestants of American Idol have recently come together to sue the show, claiming the show is racist against its black contestants. All of the contestants who have been disqualified from the show are black, and the suit alleges that black contestants are being humiliated for the sake of ratings. Season 10 American Idol contestant Jacob Lusk disagrees with the suit and says the team behind American Idol are “undoubtedly” not racist. Read on to see what else he has to say.
Jacob Lusk, a standout from the 10th season of American Idol who made it to the top 5, tells RumorFix.com: “I think me being an African-American male and being on Idol, I think I’m a pretty safe gauge as to whether American Idol is racist and I can undoubtedly say they’re not.”
Jacob had a fair share of legal problems before coming on the show but disclosed them all to producers. Because of his situation Jacob feels that the contestants suing the show are simply, “…the ones that lied and got caught. And they tell you, don’t lie to us, we’re going to find out. I mean you have a record, you have a warrant and you get on television, somebody’s gonna tell somebody; somebody’s gonna find out.” He concludes that American Idol producers “supported me through it [the show] because I was honest about it.”
What do you think about Jacob’s statement? Do you agree with Jacob that American Idol is not racist, or do you think the men suing the show have a valid point about the racism behind their disqualifications?
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