"The Bachelor" racial discrimination suit thrown out!
Bad news for two African American bachelors: Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks of Nashville who not too long ago, filed a class-action lawsuit against ABC’s "The Bachelor" reality TV show claiming the show turned them away because they weren’t White. For seasons on end, the show has always given the leading role to White men and women. The case has been thrown out!
Tennessee judge Aleta A. Trauger officially dismissed the case on the grounds of the First Amendment – Freedom of speech saying the producers of the dating show cannot be coerced into casting their show in a particular way; as well as invoked the "void-for-vagueness" doctrine saying: "...the court finds that the casting decisions are part and parcel of the creative process behind a television program - including the Shows at issue here - thereby meriting First Amendment protection against the application of anti-discriminating statutes to that process." She went further using “The Cosby Show” as an example explaining it’s that same Freedom of Speech that made it possible for the show to have an all-Black cast and "why "Jersey Shore" can cast all-Italians ... and why "Shahs of Sunset" can cast all-Persians."
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ABC and the other defendants also argued that subjecting casting to anti-discrimination laws would also have an impact on many television outlets.A representative of Warner Bros, the company that produces the show told TMZ: "We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor."
So, does this ruling and the comments by the rep confirm that the show intentionally picks Whites for the leading role so that they don’t alienate their “predominantly white viewership”? Does it mean the show is intentionally discriminatory against people of color? It’s a dating show man! Am sure many women would want the chance to be picked by some hot Black bachelor right?
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