16 seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor reality TV show down the line (and 7 seven seasons in the case of its sister show The Bachelorette ) and NOT even ONCE has a non-White single been given the leading role to search for love in these infamous shows. Does this mean the shows are discriminatory and have no room for non-Whites to take up the starring or is it just a mere coincidence – that those who audition just don’t make the cut?
Well, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks of Nashville don’t believe its a coincidence and have filled a class-action lawsuit claiming they were turned away from The Bachelor because they are not white.
Claybrooks claims he was rushed during the interview and was given like about 20 minutes while the white males before him got to spend 45 to 60 minutes with the interviewers. Johnson on the other hand (who just got 30 seconds) says non-white people “never get a show that shows we have love and affection for each other.”
According to Cyrus Mehri (Washington-based lawyer), these two aren’t saying they should have been picked out rightly, but feel they should have been given the same opportunity as their white counterparts who tried out for the same leading role.
Is this done consciously because the producers of the shows feel having a non-white in the starring role will compromise the viewership by alienating the majority white viewership … that we American’s aren’t ready for interracial romance on prime-time TV?