aMERICAN IDOL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMAN FOR BEING “TOO BIG”
She had been given free tickets to attend the filming of American Idol and was understandably excited.
But 19-year-old Ashley Kauffman’s joy soon turned to upset on being told she was ‘too big’ to sit in the front row.
‘There were two ladies and one said: “Oh, I don’t want shorts in front,” about my friend,’ Miss Kauffman, of Riverside, California, told MailOnline.
‘Then she looked at me and said: “Oh no, you’re too big, too heavy to be in front!”
‘I was taken aback by it. I was hurt. My friends were completely taken back.
‘I’m the heavier one in our group but I’m not even that heavy,’ she said.
The second year college student and five of her girlfriends had been given the free tickets after friends of theirs couldn’t go to the show.
‘We were so excited,’ said Miss Kauffman.
‘I’m a big fan. I went shopping to buy a new outfit but in the end I decided to wear some black pants and a shirt I already had.
‘I didn’t think I looked too bad.’
To make matters worse Miss Kauffman and the two other girls were then seated in the back of the theatre rather than directly behind their other friends.
They had made their way to the second row but had been stopped by another member of Idol staff, this time male.
Miss Kauffman said he grabbed her ticket and said: ‘This makes sense why you’re not with the skinny girls. You’re in the last row.’
‘It hurt to hear that from the first girl but it hurt even more coming from a guy,’ Miss Kauffman said.
‘I was borderline tears,’ she added.
‘I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s still on my mind.’
Miss Kauffman, who is 5’2″ and around 150lbs, said she felt discriminated against at the event.
She added that staff had seated two girls who were ‘super skinny and wearing little dresses’ in the front row where her and her friends would have been sitting.
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