'American Idol' racist? Alum Jermaine Jones bashes claims
Though 10 former "American Idol" contestants who are African-American are trying to sue the show for $25 million, minimum, a piece, Season 11 finalist Jermaine Jones doesn't think they're going to get very far. In a new interview, he calls the former contestants' attempts to justify "Idol's" alleged racism "ludicrous."
"I think they are going a little overboard," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Some of these cases are over 10 years old. What have you been doing since the show that you feel you deserve $25 million?"
The lawsuit alleges that the producers of the hit FOX reality show are conducting a "cruel and inhumane plot" that dredges up old arrest information to make the African-American contestants look like "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants." Those involved in the case are Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (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 case should also apply to Jones. He was disqualified in Season 11 after former producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick discovered he had outstanding warrants. Though the group of contestants who are suing tried to subpoena him into testifying, THR reports Jones' attitude was "it's all water under the bridge."
"God don't like ugly," he tells the site. "You can't win when you are ugly." He thinks the proper course of action for these contestants is to take advantage of getting access to "Idol" and use that platform to boost their own careers. "I am grateful for the exposure, the good and the bad," he says. Up next, Jones plans to audition for "The Voice."