I have noticed. Have you noticed? “Noticed what” you say? That ABC’s popular Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise has never featured a person of color. Ah ha! Well, we aren’t the only ones paying attention. Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Jones of Nashville, TN are taking action. Yes, these fellas plan to file a class-action lawsuit for racial discrimination. Woomp!
For a combined total of 23 seasons, neither program has featured a single person of color as the featured Bachelor or Bachelorette. Attorneys for Claybrooks and Johnson, who are both African-American, will file their complaint in federal court against ABC, three production companies working on the show and executive producer Mike Fleiss.
Last year, Entertainment Weekly asked Fleiss if The Bachelor would eventually feature someone who isn’t white. “We really tried [for a diverse cast], but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism,” he said. “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.”
This should get interesting!
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