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'Bachelor' Racism Lawsuit

Producers Encourage

White Power Mentality

4/18/2012 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

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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.

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16.

EMB    

B.E.T, is a network for black people, that's racist, I am suing.

827 days ago
17.

Ang    

You are not allowed to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, and national original. This is no different. All the Bachelor had to do was interview the two gentlemen and treat them exactly as all the other contestants and then inform them later on that they regretfully would not be casting them. Its that simple. But as stated in the other story they were singled out and pulled aside from auditions and were not even able to participate like the other canidates. That is wrong.

827 days ago
18.

KIR    

XXX Rated. lol Brothers might not be on dating shows on national tv but we know you all are watching brothers get down with white girls behind close doors when no one is looking. lol What's the #1 p0rn video that grosses 1 mil a month? Kim K and Ray J

827 days ago
19.

Jay W.     

"I aint got no job... I can't pay no rent" ... but whitey is on the moon.

827 days ago
20.

jjh    

OMG really :( and why give this live streaming too I hit the mute don't care two hoots about that BS

827 days ago
21.

Jay W.     

Yes... racism is a terrible thing. Hopefully humans will eventually get past individual differences and realize our similarities.

827 days ago
22.

Kimberella    

This just in: black people still whining instead of working.

827 days ago
23.

quezcotl    

Beside peanut butter what have black people ever invented?

White man:
Planes
Computers
Phones
Rockets
Medicine
Electricity
Nuclear power
Cars
Telescope
Theory of Evolution
First one's in Space
First one's on the Moon
Submarines

Anyway, Black people need to calm down and appreciate what white people has also given them. Also, those two on the screen hardly look like bachelor material, ffs ;)

ps! Kayte Grammer is really hot.

827 days ago
24.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Fire Obama,and get these Racist punks back to real work!

827 days ago
25.

peoplearesilly    

I can't imagine ANYONE -- BLACK OF WHITE -- wanting to be on the piece of **** show. Go figure.

827 days ago
26.

Amber    

Brother Claybrooks??? Really?!?!?!?

827 days ago
27.

Disgusted    

Blacks are the most racist group around. Their crimes are those of racists, their people in public office are racist and TMZ is stupid enough to give them a platform. BET is racist. President Obama is racist.
The Bachelor is simply an exercise in the free market economy.. If blacks think they should be on it let them get off their lazy as$&s and do it for BET.

827 days ago
28.

Jay W.     

You really have to laugh in life.... don't ya ?

827 days ago
29.

LeeMoney    

Complete and utter BS...I am sooooooooooo TIRED of the whole race card. If you all want equality then stop segragating yourselves! Channels like BET don't help either.

827 days ago
30.

ronni78    

YES..LETS PISS OFF THE RACIST WHITE PEOPLE EVEN MORE WHO WILL EITHER HAVE TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, OR BEGIN TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR WILL BE EVERYWHERE YOU GO AND EVEN ON THEIR MOST PRECIOUS TV SHOWS!...THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING...FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HATE BLACKS OR ANYONE ELSE, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY KILL YOURSELF OR MOVE TO IRELAND OR SOMETHING...THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES AROUND HERE!

827 days ago
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