*Daytime TV talk show “The Real” is encountering a very real case of alleged discrimination against Muslim women.
Making the accusation is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose LA office filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
According to Page Six, the complaint stems from an incident in February in which “studio officials” from “The Real” asked two women wearing hijab headscarves to “move out of camera view during a show taping.”
The council goes on to claim that “studio policy” was the reason given to the women for why they couldn’t be seen in a front row.
“While waiting to enter the taping, studio officials told the… hijab-wearing women [that they] 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,” the council claimed.
In a statement regarding the situation, the LA office’s senior civil rights attorney, Fatima Dadabho took Warner Bros., the studio that distributes “The Real,” to task, saying, “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.”
Responding to the situation, a representative for Warner Bros. Television touted the diversity of “The Real” while mentioning how they are looking into what is happening.
“Warner Bros. policy is to welcome everyone and anyone into our studio audience,” the rep said. ‘The Real’ is a show that was created to represent and celebrate diversity. We take this inquiry seriously and are looking into the matter.”