According to TMZ, nine former American Idol contestants are asking permission of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to sue American Idol and Fox. Their attorney says that all nine were forced off the show because they are black and that no person who is not of color has ever been forced off the show. The lawyer goes on to say that all were thrown off because of their arrest records which they failed to disclose when they auditioned but were subsequently discovered by investigators and that the producers should not be allowed to ask about that kind of stuff. Also, that the accused were thrown off to get maximum ratings for the show. Is Idol racist? There have been a lot of lily white singers, but there have also been a large number of people of color including those who have won. Idol does not kick you off if you have been arrested. They kick you off if you don't tell them because they don't want to look like idiots and then feel they can't trust you.