Al Sharpton claims to be a soldier in the war against racial discrimination, but a new lawsuit alleges that he is fighting for the wrong side. That’s right, the man who attacks everyone for being “racist’, is now being sued for encouraging racial discrimination.
According to a lawsuit obtained by Hollywood Reporter,Â Comcast and Time Warner Cable were served by a group of African-American media owners seeking $20 billion. The suit alleges that Al Sharpton and his organizations received big money to look ignore racial discrimination.
The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December.
This time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC â€” on the eve of the two companies merging to become what would be the largest pay television distributor in the United States â€” but also various African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for allegedly facilitating discrimination.
National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) claims that Comcast only has one fully black owned channel, asserting that other black channelsÂ are “window dressing,” with black celebrities as “fronts” when they are “white-owned businesses” that are run by friends or family of Comcast executives.
The lawsuit calls out corruption claiming,
Comcast made large cash “donations” to obtain support for its acquisition. The money includes $3.8 million to Sharpton and his National Action Network. The money, it’s charged, was meant to pay Sharpton to endorse the NBCU deal and divert attention away from discrimination. As for Sharpton’s MSNBC gig, the complaint says, “Despite the notoriously low ratings that Sharpton’s show generates, Comcast has allowed Sharpton to maintain his hosting position for more than three years in exchange for Sharpton’s continued public support for Comcast on issues of diversity.”
Comcast has responded by calling the lawsuit “frivolous” and say they plan on defending themselves.
A Comcast spokesperson said, “We are proud of our outstanding record supporting and fostering diverse programming, including programming from African-Americanâ€“owned and â€“controlled cable channels. We currently carry more than 100 networks geared toward diverse audiences, including multiple networks owned or controlled by minorities.”
She adds, “Comcast has engaged in good-faith negotiations with this programmer for many years. It is disappointing that they have decided to file a frivolous lawsuit. We will defend vigorously against the scurrilous allegations in this complaint and fully expect that the court will dismiss them.”