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ABC’s long-running reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have offered fans a whole lot of drama during their time on the air, but thus far, they’ve never given viewers a star of color. Both shows have featured minorities here or there in the suitor roles, but the object of the affection hasn’t ever been an African-American, an Asian or a Latino.
Recently, athletes Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, both African-Americans, auditioned for the show without any luck. Now, they’ve decided to turn that rejection animosity into a full-on lawsuit arguing racial discrimination. Given the ABC program’s inherent freedom to make its own casting decisions, it’s unclear whether the men will get anywhere in the court of law, but if their suit continues to generate headlines, it could very well win in the court of public opinion.
After twenty-three seasons, it is definitely a bit strange neither show has ever casted for diversity. As of last year, there was some talk from producers about actively seeking out a minority, but as of yet, nothing has come of it. If the show runs for another ten seasons, I think it’s a guarantee we’ll eventually see someone with different colored skin step into the spotlight, but if the show finds itself on the chopping block after another year or two, it might well complete its entire run without any true variance.
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