The Real is a daytime talk show that celebrates diversity. With a host panel that includes Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley, women who are African-American, Latina, and Asian, it’s not exactly a place you’d imagine a great deal of racial intolerance. But that’s just what two Muslim women faced when attending a taping in February. The two women were originally seated in the front row, but a studio employee told them they couldn’t due to their hijabs.
“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.”
As Jezebel points out, this is a show that once thought this was a great idea, so it doesn’t always promote the most racial sensitivity.