Daytime talk show The Real has landed itself in hot water.
According to a complaint lodged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the show recently discriminated against two Muslim women wearing hijabs.
In February, the two women allegedly attended a taping of The Real and were asked to “move out of camera view during a show taping.”
According to the complaint, their banishment from the front row was “in accordance with studio policy.”
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.”
A representative for Warner Bros. has 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 have no idea what will come of this complaint, but if true, we hope The Real issues an apology and more.
[via Hollywood Life]