The Real In Hot Water After Discrimination Complaint
Daytime talk show The Real is facing a possible lawsuit after two Muslim women wearing hijabs claim they were asked to move out of camera view when they attended a show taping in February at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, TheHollywoodLife reports. The women were allegedly told that they could not sit in the front row because it conflicted with the studio’s policy.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a complaint against the popular show. Fatima Dadabhoy, Senior Civil Rights Attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Los Angeles branch, released the following statement:
“Warner Bros. has no legal justification for removing the hijab-wearing women from the camera’s view. No studio should maintain such a discriminatory policy that prohibits people wearing religious head coverings from being seen in its studio audiences. It’s especially baffling that this particular show would want to hide their visibly-Muslim viewers, when the show purports to cater to a wide-ranging audience with its diverse cast.”
Warner Bros responded:
“Warner Bros. policy is to welcome everyone and anyone into our studio audience. ‘The Real’ is a show that was created to represent and celebrate diversity. We take this inquiry seriously and are looking into the matter.”
We’ll just have to see how this plays out.