The lawsuit we’re talking about brings in focus a very important matter that I bet many of you didn’t even notice. ABC’s The Bachelor is sued for racial discrimination. Wonder why? Just ask yourself if you’ve ever seen a Bachelor or Bachelorette of color during the show’s 23 seasons.
It goes without saying that many people that love “The Bachelor and “The Bachelorette” haven’t imagined once that their favorite show might be a little bit off. The truth is neither did we. But the news about the racial discrimination lawsuit did make us wonder whether or not it’s legit. And from one point of view the class-action lawsuit against The Bachelor does make sense. Over 10 years and 23 seasons and the show didn’t feature once a Bachelor or Bachelorette of color.
The class-action lawsuit was initiated by a bunch of people from Nashville, but who have the support and leadership of two popular football players. Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson announced yesterday they plan to sue “The Bachelor” and ABC for racial discrimination.
According to attorneys, the group of contestants is undertaking the lawsuit “on behalf of all persons of color who have applied for the role of the Bachelor or the Bachelorette but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race”.
The federal complaint is going to be filed today and according to reports, ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and even Mike Fleiss, executive producer for “The Bachelor” will be on the list of culprits.
Glen Rothstein is an attorney with Blank Rome. He told the Hollywood Reporter that the lawsuit against “The Bachelor” might be successful if the contestants have proof that they were denied participation over race aspects. “The plaintiffs will ultimately have to prove that a race based component relating to the selection process exists that was implemented in a discriminatory and unlawful manner” said Rothstein.
This isn’t exactly the first time when people are asking questions regarding the race ratio distribution on “The Bachelor”. Even Mike Fleiss was once inquired about that by Entertainment Weekly. He replied: “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”.