Lawsuits: The ‘Bachelor’ TV Show Being Sued For Racism, Claims State Show Promotes “White Power Mentality”

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The ‘Bachelor’ TV Show Being Sued For Racism

How often do you see people of color on “The Bachelor”?

Via TMZ:

The producers of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are responsible for encouraging racism across the country by refusing to cast black people in the shows’ central roles — this according to a new class action lawsuit.

Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks filed the lawsuit today in Tennessee federal court against the shows’ producers — claiming they both auditioned for “The Bachelor” in Nashville in August 2011 … but were brazenly denied based solely on the color of their skin. Christopher and Nathaniel claim producers were afraid to cast them for fear of alienating “the show’s majority-white viewership.”

As a result, the guys claim producers are teaching the public how to be racist — by demonstrating preferences for white relationships over non-white and interracial relationships.

They might have a point too … because the show has never once cast a person of color — black, Asian, Latino, whatever — in the central role as Bachelor or Bachelorette.

“Bachelor” creator Michael Fleiss has even acknowledged the problem — stating long before the lawsuit was filed … “We always want to cast for ethnic diversity. It’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

Chris and Nathaniel are now demanding a change in “Bachelor” policy — requiring producers to “consider persons of color as finalists for the role of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette.”

Oh yeah, they also want money — an unspecified amount of punitive damages.

Thoughts???

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