PageSix- A group of white employees is going to war against Revolt TV — claiming the music channel owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs canned them because they weren’t young and black, according to a new lawsuit.
Douglas Goodstein and four other Caucasian producers — who are each over age 39 — worked on the televised version of Revolt’s popular urban talk-radio program “The Breakfast Club.”
The producers say they had experience on other famous programs, such as “The Howard Stern Show,” but were treated by bosses “worse than other employees who were younger and African-American,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit claims.
Executive Vice President Val Boreland “was always rude, condescending and dismissive towards the [team] . . . Ms. Boreland, however, treated the African-American staff in a much friendlier and respectful manner.”
Execs turned a blind eye to the behavior of “African-American employees who arrived to work intoxicated or hung over,” the suit says.
One production assistant “often came to work late, drunk and slept on the editing floor during work hours,” the suit says. Yet he “suffered no repercussions for this behavior.”
When producer Todd Baker complained about the lack of punctuality of the show’s guests, production manager Cherisse McKenzie allegedly said “he just did not understand the ‘culture’ of the show’s guests and on-air personalities.”
Rude?! Condescending?! Dismissive?! And in a workplace that was apparently giving blatant preferential treatment to the people who were acting in such an exclusive manner?! Never - and I mean never - throughout the entire course of the American television industry has such intolerance been so openly enabled. I don't know how I am going to sleep at night knowing that aging, white producers are being marginalized - and ultimately fired - for trying to expose the inherent privileges of their African American peers!
Listen, all allegations of discrimination - no matter how much they make you roll your eyes - should be taken relatively seriously, but let's clear one thing up here. These dudes weren't canned for being old and white, they were canned for being too old and too white. They aren't unemployed because of their age and skin color, they are unemployed because they too accurately fit the cornball stereotypes of the people that happen to share their age and skin color.
It takes a certain type of middle-aged white dude to work in a predominantly black environment. It's probably not the type that is constantly pointing out the double standard of BPT (black people time), and it's definitely not the type that immediately tries to take legal action upon their termination. It was either adapt or die, and the latter was inevitable if Douglas Goldstein, Todd Baker, and friends were showing up to the offices of 'The Breakfast Club' like they were showing up to a dinner date.
You know who else wouldn't last long at their job? A black 20-something working at a Ford dealership in South Carolina that was constantly questioning the necessity of gun racks. I'm not saying that black on white racism/agism doesn't exist, but you better have a pretty fucking compelling case if you want to claim you were a victim of it. I don't think "we were fired because all these black people act so much differently than us" fits that bill when the place of employment is a hip hop station. Maybe I am wrong, but I have reason to be believe they weren't axed because of their oldness and whiteness. They were axed for drawing attention to their oldness and whiteness with their inability to grasp the lifestyles of the young and black. Tough to feel sympathy when 93.6% of African Americans have had to hide their true personalities since the first day they were allowed to have desk jobs.
P.S. Greatest response ever. White people will never win a battle of dueling race cards....
Val Boreland’s brother Anthony Boreland and the assistant director of the show allegedly said that “Caucasians harbored racism against African-Americans.”