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    Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:45:30

    Simon Cowell Being Sued By Former <i>Britain's Got Talent</i> Contestant - She's saying she was treated unfairly by the acid-tongued judge

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    Surly former American Idol judge Simon Cowell is being sued for $3.8 million by a former contestant on the U.K. version of his "Got Talent" show, according to British press reports. Cowell and his show are being sued by contestant Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, who appeared in an edition of Britain's Got Talent which aired in May 2009. She claims she was humiliated and degraded on the show. I am not sure why she is shocked by this, since Cowell's brutal honesty is his MO and what made him famous. The old saying goes: If you mess with the bull, you're going to end up with horns. Just sayin'.

    Czikai first lodged her complaint of unfairness and discrimination with the employment tribunal in January. Czikai, representing herself, accused the show and its judges of "exploitation, humiliation, degradation and barbarism. Barbarism? On a reality talent competition? While Cowell insults and criticizes contestants, it's not like he cuts off their pinky fingers if they suck or makes them eat cow testicles if he considers them seriously lacking in talent!

    Czikai also claimed the show was guilty of disability discrimination because it had not made adjustments for her, such as lowering the level of backing music and microphone levels. But wait. There's more. Czikai also claims that "this program makes a select number of rich people very, very rich on the backs of the ordinary man and woman in the street through exploitation, humiliation, degradation and a re-emergence of modern-day barbarism with all its inherent cruelty." Welcome to modern capitalism, missy!

    The one-time nurse reportedly told the tribunal she suffers from cervical spine neuritis, which can cause head and shoulder pain, which in turn caused her singing to suffer. Drama, drama, drama.

    Czikai has previously lodged a complaint with the media regulator Ofcom that she was unfairly treated on the show. The complaint was rejected.

    Team Cowell or Team Czikai?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.23.10




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