The Real is currently in hot water for banning hijabs from being in the camera’s view during taping. The head scarf, which is a very popular style that women wear, is also a religious practice for muslim women.
The L.A. branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) filed a complaint against the daytime talk show claiming the two women were asked not to sit in the front row during taping because of their garment. In the complaint filed, the alleged incident occurred during a February taping on the Warner Bros. lot. The women who obliged to the request, were told the rule was studio policy.
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CAIR-LA’s attorney Fatima Dadabhoy described the incident as “baffling” considering the show showcased diversity but wanted “to hide their visibly Muslim viewers.”
“Warner Bros. has no legal justification for removing the hijab-wearing women from the camera’s view,” Dadabboy said. “No studio should maintain such a discriminatory policy that prohibits people wearing religious head coverings from being seen in its studio audiences.”
Warner Bros studio defends themselves against the complaint, stating they accept all in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”