Is America's Got Talent really diverse? Well, that's the question everyone else around us is asking. This question popped up after Gabrielle Union was fired.
Gabrielle Union was one of the judges on America's Got Talent, and was asked to leave after one season. Union claimed that racism was rampant on the show, and the actress reportedly asked to have Jay Leno reported for a racist joke he's alleged to have made. Another source claimed her hairstyles were considered "too Black" for the show's audience.
We'll be looking into how true these claims are, from Terry Crews' point of view.
SAG-AFTRA, The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is an American labor union that focuses on the rights of actors and artists, later announced an investigation:
"We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. We immediately reached out to Ms. Union’s representatives when these reports came to light. It is our practice to work closely with members who reach out to us and their representatives in instances like this, as that usually affords the best protection and best resolution for the affected member. "
Crews reacted to Union's exit of the show on social media, however he did not mention the allegations behind it.
"You're the best, Gabrielle! You will be missed!"
The host tweeted, and many of his fans were not happy that the actor said nothing more on the subject.
Crews is still hosting the show for America's Got Talent: The Champions, and was asked about the allegations of racism and sexism in the show's environs.
In an interview with Us Weekly he said: "It just wasn't my experience. It was the best experience I ever had in my entire life." Then his focus turned to bringing up the diversity on the set. "When they talk about diversity, there was every bit of diversity of set, everywhere. I have never seen a more diverse place in 20 years of entertainment."
Hopefully, the show is as diverse as it seems. America's Got Talent seems like it's been around forever, and it'd be a shame to hear that they're being charged on something as old-school and obsolete as racism and sexism. Get with the time, guys.
If America's Got Talent is hiding a lot of racism and sexism behind the scenes, that does need to come to light, even if it is one of the best shows on television, in my opinion.