A class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday accused ABC, along with an individual and the companies involved in production of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," of intentionally excluding people of color from lead roles on the shows' past 23 combined seasons.
The complaint alleges that ABC and the other defendants have only hired white applicants based on "the calculation that minorities in lead roles and interracial dating [are] unappealing to the shows’ audiences...a conscious attempt to minimize the risk of alienating their majority-white viewership and the advertisers targeting that viewership."
The suit was brought by Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, two African-American men living in Nashville who applied to be on “The Bachelor” in 2011.
Johnson alleges in the complaint that when he went to a casting call for “The Bachelor,” he was denied the typical application process. He said his application materials were taken by an employee of the defendants named in the suit; the same wasn’t done for other apparent non-black applicants he saw.
Claybrooks alleges that at his casting call for the show he was interviewed for less time than white applicants, rushed through the process, and therefore not given the same opportunity as the white applicants.
The complaint asserts that “Both Mr. Johnson and Mr. Claybrooks were well-qualified to become the next 'Bachelor'” as they are “outgoing, personable people who are upstanding members of their community." Thus, the complaint alleges "upon information and belief" that "their applications were never seriously considered by defendants because of their skin color.”
In addition to Claybrooks and Johnson, the complaint was filed on behalf of all other people of color who’ve attempted to land “the role of the 'Bachelor' or 'Bachelorette' but [have] been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race,” as the lawsuit alleges.
The complaint goes on to posit that neither “The Bachelor” nor “The Bachelorette" has featured “a single person of color – whether African-American, Latino, Asian, or any other minority race or ethnicity — in the central role." Put another way, “in 16 seasons of 'The Bachelor' and 7 seasons of 'The Bachelorette,' every person featured in the lead role on either show has been white.”
The complaint also alleges that there are few people of color chosen to compete for the affection of the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” and when there are, they tend to be eliminated early.
It claims that "the absence of a Bachelor or Bachelorette of color over 23 seasons is not due to a lack of qualified applications from people of color. Rather, minority applicants are purposefully provided less than an equal opportunity on the basis of race."
ABC declined to comment on the suit, while another defendant, Warner Horizon Television, called the complaint "baseless and without merit" in a statement to CNN.
The production company says they've had "various participants of color throughout the series' history, and the producers have been consistently – and publicly – vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs. As always, we continue to seek out participants of color for both 'The Bachelor' and "The Bachelorette.'"
(Warner Horizon Television is one of the production companies for "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." It is part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which is owned by the same parent company as CNN.)
The other defendants named in the suit include the shows' executive producer, Michael Fleiss, Next Entertainment and NZK Productions.
The plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages on their behalf, as well as for those who fall under the class, in addition to an injunction mandating that ABC and the other defendants consider non-white applicants for the two lead roles and develop policies to ensure casting occurs without consideration of skin color.
I don't know why any black person would be offended at not being cast in this very lame show. And the bachelor this season is super unattractive. The whole show just reeks of fakeness. I think it's sad that we beg people for acceptance. White people hate us....get over it already!
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Ok this show is the definition of "white trash",I don't understand how much respect you can even have for yourself to go on national television and essentially sleep your way to finding you true love! The relationships never last, these white people come with so much baggage (and yes Emily your daughter is baggage and a way to win the audience over) and say "ohh lord I'm looking for the one!" While I do think diversity is great I don't think its in good taste to have a person of color on the show.
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so many negative comments :( the point here is that this is reality tv and the producers are giving a very specific niche audience what they want. also, did anyone stop to think that maybe if they pick a white guy to be the bachelor that he doesn't like black, asian, hispanic, whatever women- how ridiculous would it be to pick a man or woman to be on the show and then throw them in with a bunch of people they aren't even physically attracted to. it is a good point that they probably should have had a black bachelor or maybe an asian bachelorette, but again the target audience for this show is 25-65 year old white women, typically housewives, who want to watch an attractive "prince charming" type guy or an "everywoman" meet someone. filing suit against the bachelor is just as silly as some white model suing ebony or jet for not putting her on the cover or booking her for a spread, or some asian guy being mad that telefutura or univision didn't hire him for their newest novela- some on people, it's a tv show- yes, racism is wrong, but looking for it everywhere is just as bad
The arguments here are just insane. Amanda, the Bachelor may have a target age range. Whether the execs are open about a target race is debatable. Obviously more than white women watch the show. There's no open labeling on the show that states it's only for white women to watch. Therefore, the show opens itself up to this criticism. And no, it's not the same as an asian guy suing telemundo or a white model suing ebony. Those examples are clearly labeled as targeting one racial/ethnic demographic- either in word or print. Google Ebony and you'll see it says "premiere online magazine for African American cultural insight." The Bachelor does not use such labeling.
The premise of this lawsuit is that the application by the defendants is the same as an application for employment, it is not. The appplication is background information for entertainment purposes only. Since there is no guaranty of compensation for the applicant volunteering their time for a chance of appearing on a TV show, the application is not covered under Federal Labor Laws. Not sure why the Lawyers would pursue this complaint except for the publicity.
They actually make a great point. Why no african american bachelor? are bachelorette?? I've seen many black and white couples lately, it would be very appropriate. I have a feeling these guys will win the lawsuit. and they should!! this is racism 101!! when are we finally going to stop being a racist country?
As long as there are people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan snd Rev Wright who pimp out their race to make money there will always be racism. Most Americans are not and never will be racists.
what's appalling is your lack of grammar skills and brains, schmuck.
all of my successful black friends got that way by taking responsibility for their ow lives and not blaming anyone else. maybe you should try it
@another lawyer. what are you doing here anyway? don't you have clients to double bill?
all of my educated successful black friends say the same thing. the real problem is people like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan have a vested interest in keeping the race war going.
The fact is blacks are more prejudiced than whites. its easier to blame THE MAN than it is to take responsibility for your own shortcomings
we got too many lawyers around here anyway. you know what time it is when you got 100 lawyers up to their necks in sand? time to get more sand.
Pardon me, but do know what time it is when a bigot is up to his eyeballs in ignorance of the laws of his own country?
For the love of god, can we please use this as an excuse to get rid of this ridiculous, useless, shallow, air-headed show???? PLEASE!!!!!! NO MORE BACHELOR!!! NO MORE BACHELORETTE!!!
Just when you think the nation has progressed you read comments like these that make you disappointed in modern society. The lawsuit may seem ridiculous but really all the men are looking for is equality in all of its aspects. All they wanted was an equal interview to their white counterparts not to be taken automatically as a "token black person" on the show. Its quite sad to see how so many people remain ignorant and racist to this day. the issue is not whites vs. blacks it's ignorant vs. educated and it does'nt matter what race you are for you to be ignorant as can CLEARLY be seen in a majority of these comments.
I tried to post a comment 4 times that CNN chose not to post in which I said "I have tried to post this comment three times and for some reason it is not being posted. ...For example some women only date tall men. It is also no secret that most people prefer to date those who are similar to themselves- that is those that have a similar background, education, culture and even race (and no one should ever be guilted into dating someone they are not attracted to)....
get real is right, Kile is right. it's not Bush's fault, it's blacks fault they are where they are. every other immigrant group has surpassed blacks in taking hold of the american dream. if all you do is complain and blame others, you reap what you sew.
I hope you realize you're a bigot. Maybe you're fine with that, but I thought I'd let you know.
This is clearly a frivolous lawsuit. I do not see how the plaintiffs can possibly prove their case
Hmmm....What would happen if we had a television station called WET, White Entertainment? Yet BET is supported. I am sure one can argue we do not have to blanatly name a station WET because based on the programming and lead actors of the existing networks, they already exist. Individuals should advance based on their merits and their own motivations, not based on what ethnicity they may be. No one will deny that discrimination and as well as reverse discrimination occurs. Before one blames their outcome based on the ethnicity they are not, one should have deep introspection and ask themselves, Am "I" doing everything "I" possibly can do succeed in this situation. If things don't turn out as you had hoped, think long and hard whether you want to put the blame on race.
When I read WET for a channel I thought you were going with a porn theme. Oh wel
isnt the point of the show to portray a bachelor with qualities that women love? How is it going to look by showing a black bachelor on food stamps driving a $200 car with $5000 wheels and no insurance? Yeah, women want that........and the bad part of my statement is that I am african american and feel that this is how white america sees us. We have been doing this to ourselves. The slaves days are over, equality is out there, you have to go get it just like everyone else.
I sure hope you're not truly a minority. If so you have just bent to narrow minded racism, and spread filth all over your proud heritage.
WOW! This is such a sad comment from you. It is aweful that this is the way you see your race. Are you saying that all black americans are like this? Are there any good black men/women out there? This is appauling.
Great - another Agenda for Jesse and Al...
As mentioned, and worth repeating....
Its all about rating. The show had blacks, but they were eliminated early because there wasn't any significant number of viewers who liked them. If more blacks watched the show, and supported the black contestants, then things would be different.
If these guys really want to sue someone, they should sue their fellow blacks for not watching.
Go look up majority and minority in the dictionary. Then you'll understand why we don't use numerical superiority as legal justification for discrimination.
They should have one Bachelor show for everyone. Gay, straight, black, white, skinny, fat, etc. F'n ridiculous! Sounds like a bunch of little kids. "Jonny got a bike. How come I didn't get one." Just like in kids athletic programs. Everyone gets a trophy, even the losers! Someone has to lose so suck it up you whining litte babies! You LOSE. No one wants to see you on TV
I'm afraid the whining little baby appears to be you.
I am white and I'm going to sue Ebony magazine for not having ads with blondes with blue eyes and then I'm going to sue BET for not having enough WHITE programming. They weren't selected because they are UGLY!
You sound pretty ugly too. Ugly and ignorant, that's a rough combination. I can see why you're so bitter.
Who Cares, Its all fake!!!!!!! and hate on haters!!!!!!
Im tired of blacks playing the race card. give me a fkn break. How about we have the most qualified on the show. Next thing you know they will have to install a basketball goal...build a studio for that cRap music and stock the fridge with alize' and 40 ounces. Fkn whiny cry babies...how about us white folks sue bet etc for not having white shows on their lame station
Most qualified!?!?!? Its the Bachelor for crying out loud, most qualified for what?
They are creating a product. A product they have to sell to 2 separate customers. 1. they have to sell it to the audience and 2 they have to sell it to the advertisers. Advertisers want a middle class white audience and in order to get that they have to cast the show to attract that audience. It's just business. This lawsuit is ridiculous. Why doesn't he try to develop a Bachelor like show for BET or something. Instead of suing, he should make his own opportunities. That is, or I should say used to be, the American way.
So, should Rosa Parks make a bus company so she can actually ride in the front of the bus?
Or should Jackie Robinson made his own baseball team just so he can actually play in it?
Epic fail, racist.
You just don't get it. Oh and I'm white before you make some ignorant comment about black people.
You ignorant fools are missing the point – IT IS A VOLIATION OF US LABOR LAW TO DESCRIMANTE BASED ON RACE."
*You* are missing the point. Its not a job opening.
"The complaint also alleges that there are few people of color chosen to compete for the affection of the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” and when there are, they tend to be eliminated early."
What are they going to do? Make the choices for the bachelor/bachelorette? They want ratings. So they chose people who are going to bring in those ratings. If their ratings drop then the show will end. If the show ends then NO ONE gets to be the bachelor/bachelorette.
Alot of reality shows have women and men who are POC and THEIR ratings were sustainable. And I don't know if you noticed but people of color WATCH TV!!!!!
White-washing = racism
Absolutely ridiculous. color cannot be used to make a quick check.cannot be used to get ahead. People are conditioned to think they can sue for anything. ABC should sue for defamation of character
Can I sue you for being criminally ignorant?
I am fu%%ing suing dem b@$tards
Should have a muslim bachelorette............. with the full black smock.... wouldn't that be american! God help us all!
Marriages between white men and black women outlast any type of other racial union (including white/white). This is according to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. Check it out:http://aloftyexistence.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/interracial-marriage-and-divorce-the-study/. (not sure if asian/asian has a lower rate though)
I'm going to file a lawsuit against BET for lack of white representation. Blacks in this country are such hypocrites. Enough already with the racial b.s. Blacks are the biggest racists of anyone.
This one's a great example of projection, ladies and gentleman.
I call BS. If BET had this same type show would you see a white person filing suit against them? NO because Jessie Jackson would come crawling back out of the wood work. This is absolutely ridiculous. Glad to see suing people in this once wonderful country is the only way someone can make a buck...
Oh, not to mention Al Sharpton would be all over me like flies on Sh!t if I put a lawsuit against BET because they lack the "other white meat" programming. Shame on you...
Just too dumb for me to bother.
s Hoss – and there we go - it's all about political party; do you know any other tune? I'm also from the south – and my family for several generations – big deal. And there is still plenty of racism in the south (like there's not in the north – riiiiggggghhhhtttt). It's all Bush's fault – right?
Every nobody should have a chance to become as famous as the Kardashians regardless of color.
Got a suggestion for ALL you complainers . Get off your asses, join the military where you depend on your comrade regardless of color and appreciate them being there! We can all bleed and we can all die but we fight as brothers to keep us all alive. Bullets don't discriminate, they kill regardless of your color, belief or any other differences. There will always be differences,,,, and overly sensitive fools will always use them to instigate! Do something good for once,,, serve your country with pride, You will find out the true meaning of BROTHERHOOD.
Try telling that to Army private Danny Chen's parents.
It ceases to amaze me how ignorant people are in this country. The comments on this topic proves my point. The racial bias and inequality among people of color and whites will never end despite the fact that whites will be the minority in this country. Funny, I sent this show an email years ago asking them why they did not have any blacks on the show and of course I heard nothing back.
You're full of it. American blacks have nobody to blame for their socio-economic position in 21st century America but themselves. The black on black crime rate is through the roof. Drive through the black part of any town and you see burglar bars on all the windows. Most black kids have no idea who their daddy is. White people did not do this to black people. Black people did this to themselves.
if you black people would get off your soap box and just act like normal people, we wouldn't have this problem. quit causing trouble and assimilate. and no thanks, I ain't gonna eat your mammy's chocolate pie!
Really? Assimilate? And, by your post, we're to consider you normal? You've got some serious issues. Best tend to yourself cuz your're the one with the problem.
I concur. This isn't Nazi Germany. There is no "assimilate" mandate in this free country. You are sick and confused.
Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson clearly you two have been living under a rock. The Bachelor/Bachelorette gave up all pretense of being inclusive years ago. They haven't had the token black girls on in 9 cycles of this show, and black men, even the light brother was never seen. Yes we have been a ainbow nation for two hundred plus years but for some it will always be too soon to show Becky kissing Jamal in prime time on a Monday, Perhaps Gentlemen you should explore why you have a need to debase yourselves on a reality tv show. The only ones getting rich from this friviolous lawsuit will be the lawyers.
If The Bachelor starts had a show with interracial dating, it would gross me out.
The dry cleaners called. Your white sheets with holes in them are ready to be picked up for the cross burning tonight.
Can I sue the NAACP??? I'M white and I don't get any help from them getting into a college...Oh wait what about an all white college for men?? and whats up with BET black entertainment...Give me a break already...enough with the crying already..
let me guess u r from Alabama?
what a genius.
Bring it b!t¢hes! Sue!
I think someone should sue BET. There aren't enough "white Hispanics" on it! LOL
BET is owned by white people!!! And no MEXICANS!!!!! You guys are just going to try and infiltrate the whole network!!!!
Okay, let's say the producers DO bring on more black men. Are these activist STILL going to sue the studio if the white women turn these black bachelors down? Are we supposed to force white women to choose black husbands now?
You ignorant fools are missing the point – IT IS A VOLIATION OF US LABOR LAW TO DESCRIMANTE BASED ON RACE. If the application process is racially biases the applicant has the legal right to seek justice. If ABC conducts a fair application process and not select the black candidates then they would not have a case.
Will, you are spot on. CNN's own "too dumb to practice" legal analysts have failed to point this out.
How about.... We don't want a Black Bachelor! – I wouldn't watch it, as much as there's no United White KId College Fund!
You are such a role model * sarcasm*
Good grief! I'd be willing to bet big $$$ that no white woman (or man for that matter) has ever been asked or allowed to participate in Miss Black America either but we're not crying foul about it. They probably wouldn't even provide the courtesy of allowing a white contestant to apply or interview for it. Additionally, after the 1st round, shouldn't it be the contestant's choice as to who makes it to the next round? Attempting to guarantee a balanced mix would only make an already unrealistic show that much less appealing.
That is like saying . . . " The royal family of Great Britain has not been invited to receive a welfare check every month, but you don't see them crying about it. " . . . GET IT YET ? . . .
Next thing you know, white people will sue for not being included in a black version of a white movie. Where will it all end?
A black "Bachelor" would be great! What potential. How about a "dream date" in Sanford, Florida?
"The Bachelor has men that are educated, well spoken (no accents or ebonics) and presentable. The Bachelorettes are ' ladies, no accents and dont speak in ebonics, presentable and gracious. Why can't you just leave this show alone? You got EOE, which has amounted to nothing more than a free pass to whatever you want. Why do you have to make trouble?I am sick and tired of people whining about equality, etc. White people prefer to date people of their own color. Why do you always make trouble?
You need to live int he real real south "SothernSugar" because inter racial dating has been going on since the late 60's...I am a white woman born and raised in the south and I find your remarks offensive and racial. I bet you are a Republican too!
I feel sad for you. You probably think that you aren't racist, it is people like you who are the most racist. Do you spit on little blacks kids or just their parent? Do you have "good" black friends? do you have any relatives who are black? Have you ever had a real conversation with a black person? Shame on you! There is no place for this kind of stereotypical talk. As a white person YOU disgust me. I know a many black people and not one of them speaks Ebonics. Yes there are blacks who speak ebonics just like there are italians in my family who speak in that horrible "mob wanna be ". Vernacular. Just as there are poor whites ( my cousins) in Alabama and west virginia who speak in what could only be described as 'whitebonics". My point is that there is good in and in ALL races, crime in all races (does the Irish and Italian mobs not kill there own? But we can't let label an entire race. That is just racist!!
How empty must one's life be?
For those born yesterday: reality tv is not real. It is staged entertainment, nothing more.
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How come white guys can't be on Soul Train? I mean besides the fact that they can't dance.
EXACTLY!!! oh and why arent white men enrolled in Howard university!!??
And they can't jump............. I would never watch something that is being forced on me. I wouldn't last long.
there were plenty of white artists who went on soul train and i saw white dancers in the audience. the question is: how many whites at that time wanted to be on the show?
Im sorry but blacks r intellectually inferior to the white man go 2 bet and do ur show africa's been around 4ever with no progression I wanna b a king and keep everyone else down right own sucka
Obvious troll is obvious.
Do you not know how to spell "for", "are", or "to"? I feel sorry for you.
Wow. You're a complete idiot.
That's why you're not 'The Bachelor'! No can understand you!
Says the man who cant spell whole words. Pot calling the kettle inferior?
Sorry but were are you trying to speak ebonics? Or just a low educated white boy ?
I hope you're time machine's not busted, cause you really need to get back to the 19th century.
Did you ever think that a lot of white people do not want to date black people and visa versa? I don't watch the shows but if they want to include blacks make sure the whole cast is black
I think it is probably a majority of white people that watch the show so it is a majority of white people that apply for the show. Just because you weren't picked to be on the show doesn't mean it was because you are black. That is ridiculous, it is situations like this that cause racial problems in this country. I am going to cry because I didn't get something that I so clearly deserve or that is owed to me. I would say this show is probably pretty equal about who they discriminate against, never seen a fat person on there either of any color.
If you don't date a black, then you're called a racist.
You are so .... white women love black men. Look around and see them dating and marrying black men. Kim Kardashian has only been with black men; Khloe Kardashian is married to Lamar Odem, and can go on and on. Please... get your facts straight.
If BET can even exist, then shut up.
All I have to say is that its about damn time. Whether there is any merit to the allegations or not, its about time someone called ABC and affiliates on this. There is bias and its shameful. If this is an America that supposedly is beyond the whole color issue, than feature all races. That is what America is made of now. We are a melting pot.
Lady S................LOL LOL We're not a "melting pot". That term is cliche. White women date white men, in the South and elsewhere. Why do you want to be where you're not wanted.
Then why aren't there any white women in the Ms Black America?? Ya, tell me that isn't biased, but of course the people of color use it to their benefit. How typical of them people..
Leave me out of that pot.
Sugar, you need to wake up and realize that you are the kind of person that is not wanted in this country.
Good luck finding an black, eligible, successful, rich batchelor who actually WANTS to get married. Just sayin'.
The gate to heaven is narrow, and you're corpulent. Just sayin.
I do find it weird that no black female or male has been cast as the main lead. Yet beyond all that I have seen minorities from all walks on the show. Its a television show that is staged. I havent watched it in a long time. I am shocked more not by the lawsuit that anyone actually watches ABC.
Can I sue? They didn't pick me because I'm short and bald.
Television is about ratings. If you don't have them, the show dies. Before everyone plants their protest sign in the ground, we should give it some time for the facts to come out. The article says that the two guys, from their prospective, were treated differently. However, it isn't clear that producers didn't dismiss quickly other candidates (of all races) just as quickly. Could be because they were ugly, unappealing, criminal backgrounds, or some personality flaw that didn't make good TV.
I'm not a fan of this show so I can't say I would watch or wouldn't watch if there were a minority as the lead. I am sure that if I'm not attacted to the bachelortette then why would I care if she found a guy or watch the show.
To compare a decision of hiring an attractive white bachelor(ette) to get the best ratings to hiring a minority to be in the sherrif's department is a poor comparison. I wouldn't hire a grundgy punk rocker with piercings all over to sell make-up in a departement store. I wouldn't hire a hairy old guy to sell pharmacuticals to a doctor. You make certain hires that are specific to looks and appeal. A clothing store that caters to blacks would probably be more successful hiring black sales people than white. Doesn't mean they wouldn't consider it, but if you owned the clothing store, you want the best sales possible.
When our cultures diverge closer, then we as mutliple races will diverge and be able to get along better. It is our differences that we celebrate and fear.
Hey yall heres a idea why dont we stop this black and white thing and just be americans how about that...
Redneck, It will never happen in your lifetime, especially in the South. Racism lives on and on and on.
Think they spent the settlement money already? Just someone else looking for their "15 minutes" of fame.
Even though I am a black man I have to admit that this lawsuit is 100% ridiculous....ABC is not racist, its just business. They are just appealing to their largest viewing audience for that show which is 90% White Women! The same reason BET puts on predominately Black casted shows on their programming because they are targeting their viewership. Hopefully this lawsuit will be dismissed quickly........
Wow really? They are going to waste the courts time and money to pursue this lawsuit? What a bunch of crap. How about go ahead and sue the creators of Good Times for not having a centralized white character? Sue wheel of fortune for only having the same whites host year in year out.....sue jeopardy for having a white host for so many years. Sue BET for never having a white host. Wait, suing BET is considered racist? I swear today, even with a black president, some people still want to play the race card. It's a shame and now a joke. I hope these idiots lose their case. They need to get real jobs, not sue to get rich quick.
It looks like they might have a new bachelor. Take a minute to see new thread.
Its d oo d oo baby!
Hope the new one is better looking than the last one. His hair drove me insane and he was a whimp
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So can I file a lawsuit against BET? I don't see any white hosts on that crappy network. How can anyone expect this nation to take racism seriously when this is considered a legitimate complaint. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE PROGRAMMING CHANGE THE DAMN CHANNEL!
Oh, you can file, but the reason why there aren't many white faces on BET is the same reason why there aren't many white students at HBCU's; whites are invited to take part but most of you refuse to be in a predominately black environment.
Cause we know we'd get jumped as "payback for grandpa" as soon as the mob got the chance. The real reason the conflict continues is because so many blacks have a chip on their shoulder and can't put the past where it belongs.... In the past.
Can you put your racism where it belongs? (in the past) If not I'm afraid you're argument has no credibility.
I am going to the the NBA, NFL and the Harlem Globetrotters for not allowing whites and Asians in their organization
When keeping it real goes wrong...
Gee, I'm going to sue Tyler Perry because all major roles in HIS movies are filled by people of colour.
I mean, give it a rest. The Bachelor is a TERRIBLE show – and nobody with ANY integrity would want to be on it. Not a surprise that two losers who applied but were not picked are suing for easy money. Here's hoping they have to pay costs...
While I am not a huge Tyler Perry fan, he has had various lead roles for white actors, including his upcoming movies which stars Eugene Levy, Denise RIchardson, and like 3 other white ppl whose names escape me right now
As a black man I never cared for the show anyway, and every black person I know feels the same way, so I personally don't care if The Bachelor was an all-white program. I'm tired.of all those "reality" shows and their wannabe-stars begging for their 15 minutes of fame, and a year later most people don't even remember them.
Amen. One saoule be humilianted wanting to get on such à crap show
Well, there's certainly no shortage on any of the Kardashian's shows...So it all evens out.
I read the first couple of comments but realized the rest where nothing but racial post. YAWN!
I wouldn't really be too surprised if the network intentionally didn't choose a person of color. The network is going to put shows on the air that get ratings so that they can sell advertising. If the feel that a black man as the Bachelor isn't going to get good ratings, they won't do it. As it is, a Bachelor has a bunch of women to choose from and the majority of them are white. If the white person chosen as the Bachelor told the network that he only wanted white women to choose from, that is his right but it would certainly cause an uproar.
It sucks if someone's feelings are hurt by the fact that they are excluded from becoming "the Bachelor" because they are black and it may very well be against the law, but suing isn't going to change people's feelings. If the network felt that a black bachelor or bachelorette would be get good ratings, they'd probably consider it. But they obviously don't.
the "contestants" on the show are almost always attractive and rarely are they overweight. why? because people want to look at attractive people. The network obviously feels that their white audience wants to look at white people on tv. Again, I'm sorry if it hurts someone's feelings, but it is probably true.
This isn't my personal feeling, just making a point here. I don't watch the bachelor or bachelorette – lousy shows filled with people that I wouldn't want to spend 5 minutes with.
They don't have a Gay show like this either - is that next?
The Show is called the BACHELOR not the GANGSTA! hahahahahahahahahahahahh
i crack myself up yo!
I suppose your implication is that all African Americans are gangsters? Way to go public as a racist, yo.
Notice how this is not about minorities getting a fair shot but about blacks. The main focus is always about blacks and never hispanics, asians, and god for bid american muslims, and gay/transgenders. Of course this law suit was filed by two blacks and no other minority. I wonder why out of all the "minority" groups Problems with race are always between white people and blacks never any other way. Even with the trayvon martin case though george is hispanic the media and blacks consider it a white on black issue. Why? this is for all you black people out there why? you act like you dont have a fair shot and its the white mans fault yet with out the white mans help there would never have been a black president which we now have. but wait we're racist right? get the f**ck over yourselves, we in 2012 you want a fair shot read a damn book and build an education like obama and every other successful black man and stop using scapegoats every time you dont get your way.
People like you are the reason black people can't get over it. You want to talk about reading a book but your use of profanity doesn't make you sound very intelligent. BTW there is a difference in how whites treat blacks in comparison to other minorities, but as a white guy/girl you wouldn't notice. Funny how some whites act as if they're such experts on black people when they really don't know the first thing about us. The only thing they really know about blacks is they wouldn't want their son or daughter to bring one home.
michael you are just another example of one of those people with a chip on your shoulder. Get over yourself, start acting like a man and not like a black man.
getreal sounds just as uneducated and racist as no one. they dont see that what they say proves michaels point.
Maybe we should put a dalmation innit. Black and white. How many of this marriages stay anyway? But loving the lawsuit. At least it makes people more sensitive during screening process.
Marriages between white men and black women outlast any type of other racial union (including white/white). This is according to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. Check it out:http://aloftyexistence.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/interracial-marriage-and-divorce-the-study/
Super. When all else fails, play the race card. How typical.
Not to fear, you are ready with the 'race card' card.
If the Bachelor requested requirements before hand, somebody is going to jail for filing crap like that with the government to force their criminal will upon others.
Who r u talking to?
You need to ask?-lol
Hi mr ed.-lol
THe have a black bachelor show, it was called "Favor of love" with Flavor Flav
Actually, there were 2 white students on A Different World, one of Rudy's friends (Peter) was white on the Cosby Show, and Tyler Perry's sitcoms and movies have had white actors.
But those white characters were supporting cast members, not one of the lead characters....this lawsuit isn't about not having minorities in supporting roles but that there aren't minorities in the LEAD roles on the bachelor. This lawsuit has no merit and will be dismissed.
I am curious as to why they haven't had a black guy as Bachelor. I don't think it is a racist thing, maybe it is a ratings thing? In 20 years it won't matter anyway, we will all be mixed by then.
I thought Meredith was Asian, lol.
You know, I've been thinking I need to file a lawsuit against the BET, Black Entertainment Network....this just confirms it for me. I'm contacting my lawyer now....
Can you imagine the outrage if someone decided to create a network called the WET – White Entertainment Network, or CET – Caucasion Entertainment Network....
The double standard is ridiculous....
I'll save you the time and money.
1) Civil Rights statutes were not designed to protect white people from Toledo.
2) You have not applied to BET and been denied the same application process and opportunities afforded other applicants.
"Can you imagine the outrage if someone decided to create a network called the WET – White Entertainment Network, or CET – Caucasion Entertainment Network...."
They have, it's called NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX.
Clearly your education hasnt served you, BET has been white owned for 20 years...
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People stop talking about what you have no idea about. For you Jesse,
BET was founded by a black guy, Robert Johnson. He eventually sold it to MTV Networks whose parent company is Viacom. Technically it's "owned" by white people, however, it's actually run predominantly by african-american employees.
I beg to differ with you jason... You are only seeing the on air personalities... These people are NOT to be confused with who's in charge or running the company... It's BET (Black Entertain Television)...
Ppl who say Perry dont have any whites in his shows or movies obviously never watched them.
Sounds like a promising lawsuit, honestly. Without getting too far into the legal details, if a fire department can't do this a public tv network can't either.
Wow! I wondered myself about why no minorities were selected as the Bachelor or Bachelorette. I just thought it was because minorities had more self respect and did not want any part of this trash TV show.
They are all too busy doing Baby/Daddy day on Maury Povich to worry about The Bachelor.
Hey maple leaf ..... Nobody uses the word "colored" anymore you mounted p.o.s.! Got me eh?
Then let's all file a suit against TYLER PERRY who NEVER has any whites ...or ANY other color in his movies for that matter, except BLACKS! This racist crap has go to stop!
What racist crap? Not considering minorities for a job?
LK2 I think you need to start watching some of Tyler Perry's play, shows, and movies. He has had blacks, whites, latinos, etc., in his productions. Should I add that caucasions love to watch Tyler Perry films. They fill up half of the movie theater when one of his movies comes out. Unless you research for yourself, you stop thinking and saying racists remarks. It is 2012, African Americans and other minorities are here to stay....It is sad to see people think and live this way. I know God shakes his head every single second of the day.
Apparently... You have never seen any of his movies... Sit down and STFU...
You would be mistaken....Tyler Perry "Meet the Browns" had two regular white cast members – Tyler doesn't discriminate – White people frequent Tyler Perry's shows as guest – "For Better for worse" for example
Maybe the reason there haven't been any people of color in lead roles on those shows is because too many of us remember the disasters of Flavor of Love, Ral Chance of Love and I Love New York 1 and 2.
So true. I mean, The Bachelor is so morally grounded and white. It's clearly positive for our country. And all African Americans are pretty much Flava-Flav right?
Are you the guy from "Deliverence?"
Well If I were on “The Bachelor” I would want to be able to pick from all Asian girls.
I don't think whites are represented enough on BET. I'm starting a lawsuit, anyone care to join me?
Sound ridiculous? Yeah, so does this lawsuit.
Go for it idiot... There are probably MORE Whites at BET than you would EVER know. So do some research, and stop looking at the surface of things sooooo much.
The reason for no blacks or other races considered for the show is that parents don't won't to see their children being courted by men of other races...especially black men. Remember many of these women have parents that do not approve of their daughters being with men of color...IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE!
Thanks for being honest. So to be perfectly clear, you're conceding that this is pure, unadulterated racism, and that the show's producers are simply catering to the prejudices and bigotry many Whites have for Blacks. That said, I wish White folks would stop pushing the false narrative and the outright lie that they don't see race, that race doesn't matter, and that they treat everyone the same regardless of race. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this total exclusion of ALL non-Whites proves it.
Lol. yep, that's their stories.
We don't want you on The Marquee Blogs,we don't like you here.I worked two shifts,I have three classes tomorrow morning,I'm going bike riding It's hot in Texas,i'm hung like a horse that's why girls call me MR.Ed.I work with the Cowboys.I had cancer,i'm mad I say.
You r not fooling anyone. Idiot
@ C, such a grown up comment.-lol
I dont see anything wrong with the show targeting a specific audience, but it should have been atleast ONE minority star of one of the shows .... ABC Disney will settle. oh yeah BET is owned by a white woman and 90% of their producers are white .... good luck with that lawsuit!
"the calculation that minorities in lead roles and interracial dating [are] unappealing to the shows’ audiences...a conscious attempt to minimize the risk of alienating their majority-white viewership and the advertisers targeting that viewership."
How on earth is that illegal?? Will ugly people file suit next because the world does not want to watch shows filled with ugly people? You can't legislate taste or lack thereof.
Spot one! How the heck can you sue over a preference? So stupid.
So if I am the chief of police in your town and I refuse to hire minority police officers it's ok as long as I an scared of alienating small minded white people in my community?
Sorry buddy, not a defense that flies in this country's judicial system.
This lawsuit will get nowhere. The Bachelor and Bachelorette is a tv show. Like all tv shows, they want to appeal to the widest audience they can, and that means having a white lead with occassional minorities in the supporting roles. How is this show any different than any other television show? If you're going to sue the Bachelor for not having a minority star of the show...then you might as well sue the creators of Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, etc. Only a small percentage of shows with minorities in the lead role have been successful on a major network television...like the Cosy Show, A Different World, etc. Those types of shows are usually relegated to cable tv where there is a niche and those channels specifically target that audience. It's show business!
Agreed. you don't see white people on Tyler Perry shows, you didn't see white people on the Cosby show.
Maybe they should create a "colored" bachelor show, or just suck it up and get a colored guy in there and make sure the contestants don't care about race, color.
It's called spell check, you should try it. I do, however, understand what your trying to say. Get a room got them to stop the essays and stay on topic, yet, they still got trolled. What more could they do? They weren't that bad, sheesh. If you think back, there's a lot of bloggers missing, not just them. What does that tell you?
Tells me that there are not enough white people here, or the comments would be funnier and spelled correctly.
If you have evidence of white people being denied employment at BET based on thier skin color, go for it...
FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL BET IS WHITE OWNED.
@yea You are a prime example of the reason these blogs $uck, whiner.
I'm sure everyone on your secret site is soooo glad you are there, with your fine command of the English laguage, as evidence by your constant use of cuss words to try and make your point. bye, bye
P M? Is this the one that posts on 10tv? "Command of the English Laguage?" Really? Hahaha...
I think I'll go get that lawsuit for BET ready today, been waiting to pull this rabbit out of the hat for years. Its OK to have your own network that you don't allow diverse programming on but that's OK, and not racist or discriminatory at all.
Go right ahead !!! maybe the "WHITE" owner will employ you. Go figure that out. IDIOT.
And yet you're still here. Go already. Nobody wants you here. Join in their story telling on this new site.
Reminds me of here. If you don't talk like a f @g or talk about sh!t your not accepted. I have noticed that more n more ppl have left, not just the cc gang. I did find the place they go to now. Its wierd to, they ALL get along, the comments are funny, n they don't talk down on anyone. Made me relize how lame n ignorant this place truely is. Have a good time trolling the trolls, that is all that's left suckas. I am going to the, o he!! no I aint saying. Don't need you pu55ies showing up there. You wrecked this one, aint happening to that one.
Well hurry and get gone dummy.
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