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‘The Real’ Shocker: Women Wearing Hijabs Banned From Front Row During Taping?

Wed, April 22, 2015 6:49pm EDT by Chris Rogers 19 Comments
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So much for being ‘real’? Studio officials allegedly told two Muslim women wearing headscarves they could not sit in the front row of ‘The Real’ because they should not be seen on camera. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has since filed a complaint.

So how real is The Real? We’re not sure. According to a complaint filed against Warner Bros., an alleged studio policy led the studio to ask two Muslim women, who were wearing hijabs, to move out of camera view during the filming of an episode.

‘The Real’ Bans Muslim Women From Sitting Front Row? — CAIR Files Complaint

In February, two women allegedly attended a taping of The Real at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, according to CAIR — the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Before entering the taping, studio officials allegedly told the Muslim women that they could not sit in the front row because they should not be seen on camera due to the studio’s policy.

“Warner Bros. has no legal justification for removing the hijab-wearing women from the camera’s view,” CAIR-LA’s Senior Civil Rights Attorney, Fatima Dadabhoy, said. “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.”

A rep from Warner Bros. has responded to the situation, however, and told “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.”

Tamera Mowry: Host Says ‘The Real’ Reflects Diversity

Host Tamera Mowry, writes 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.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should The Real apologize if this did, in fact, happen?

— Chris Rogers