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The Bachelor Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The Bachelor Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

If you've watched any of the combined 23 seasons of reality TV dating show The Bachelor and its spinoff The Bachelorette, you've probably noticed they are lacking in the diversity department — in a big way. Neither shows have featured a bachelor or bachelorette of color, and for the most part, nonwhite contestants don't make it very far. Fed up with the hit show's lack of diversity, two African-American football players from Nashville are filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against The Bachelor on behalf of "all persons of color who have applied for the role of The Bachelor or Bachelorette but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race."

This shouldn't come as a surprise for the creator behind the two shows, Mike Fleiss, as he was asked by EW last year about casting a nonwhite star and gave this response:

"I think Ashley is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would."

We would love to see more diversity on the show, and maybe this lawsuit will be the catalyst necessary to push The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in the right direction. Do you think the show should be sued for its alleged racial bias, or do you think — like Mike Fleiss said — that people of color aren't interested in starring in the show?

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strippedlove strippedlove 5 years
Its crazy ..but then who wants to be part of such a tacky tv show anyway. Also the reason why BET was made was because white networks wouldn't allow black shows on tv and to make their own network was the only way they could show black entertainment. I really hate it when people talk out there ass.
Hallie2587080 Hallie2587080 5 years
 @likethedirection ah ok. sorry didn't mean to attack you, I just hate that people assume things..
likethedirection likethedirection 5 years
 @Hallie2587080   Hmm.  Guess I should've clarified.  I agreed with James' point about the Bachelor's preferences (versus the producer's choices).  Not the whole race card thing.  
burgharth burgharth 5 years
I don't think the problem is that nonwhite's don't make it far. It's that there has NEVER been an nonwhite bachelor or bachelorette. 
Hallie2587080 Hallie2587080 5 years
 @likethedirection seriously? so you're going to assume that because the people making the claims are African-American that they're just doing it because they can? Let me ask you this, I don't know you so I'm not going to assume you're white, but have you dealt with racism before? Do you assume that every time someone that isn't white says something about racism they're "throwing the race card" ? 
likethedirection likethedirection 5 years
Agreed, James.  A great point. 
Hallie2587080 Hallie2587080 5 years
I definitely think it's hard to believe that in 23 seasons or whatever ( i don't watch this show haha) there hasn't been a single person of color that has been a good candidate. by the way the creator talks "wedge African-American chicks in there" it's not surprising there isn't more diversity. By the way he says "they don't come forward" just grouping everyone that isn't white together, says a lot as well. Also, people saying "stop throwing the race card" that's pretty rude and assuming that they're doing it just because they want to make a fuss is disgusting.
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