Muslim Women Claim Discrimination On Set At “The Real Daytime”
The ladies of The Real Daytime pride themselves on never being exclusionary and providing diverse veiwpoints…so a few Muslim women who showed up to the set a few months back were shocked when they were turned away from their front-row seats by production staff.
According to a new complaint filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) against Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, The Real deemed Muslim ladies’ religious coverings as “inappropriate” to be seen on-camera and promptly moved them from their prime seating:
In February, four young women, two of whom wear Islamic headscarves (hijab) attended a taping of “The Real” talk show at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.
While waiting to enter the taping, studio officials told the women that the hijab-wearing women could not sit in the front row because they should not be seen on camera in accordance with studio policy. They complied with the request.
“Warner Bros. has no legal justification for removing the hijab-wearing women from the camera’s view,” said CAIR-LA Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy. “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.”
One of the hosts of the show, Tamera Mowry, states on the show’s website: “The greatest thing about America is its diversity and this show reflects that diversity. No matter who you are, there is someone at this table that will be speaking for you.”
CAIR-LA will continue to closely monitor the situation to bring about a resolution to end such discriminatory practices.
Seems like an odd policy to enforce in this day and age, right? We’re sure some very serious-faced and somber apology/explanation is on the way from the cast soon…