Things just got real for The Real.
Its been announced that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a complaint against Warner Brothers for a policy that caused the studio to ask two Muslim women wearing headscarves to move out of the camera’s view!
In February, four young women attended a taping of daytime talk show The Real. Two of the women were wearing Islamic headscarves, aka hijab.
While they were waiting, studio officials told them that the hijab-wearing women couldn’t sit in the front row because they shouldn’t be seen on camera, according to a studio policy.
Though the women complied, they were understandably upset by the anti-Muslim policy. CAIR Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy had this to say about the incident:
“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.”
Dadabhoy continued to say that it’s baffling how this particular daytime talk show would want to hide their visibly Muslim viewers, as the show promotes itself with such a diverse cast. Panel host Tamera Mowry even says 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.”
We’re not sure the same can be said for the studio’s anti-Muslim policies. The CAIR is staying on top of the situation to end these discriminatory practices.
Following the initial outrage over the news, Warner Bros. Television Group issued a statement, saying:
“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.”
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