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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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31.

nikita    

Anything for 30 seconds of fame!
what a shame

834 days ago
32.

oldtexan    

"Civil rights?" Who has a "civil right" to be on a television show? This is a private enterprise, not a public activity, like going to school or availing oneself of municipal services, for example. The producers can choose their contestants based on demographics, sponsors, ratings, etc.

834 days ago
33.

patty    

huh no hispanic?? the winner in byron's season was hispanic -

834 days ago
34.

patty    

btw you know the only one who wins money in a class action is the attorney!

834 days ago
35.

Stormy    

BET, United Negro College fund, NAACP, Obama, and that worthless American tax spending wife of his, the ACLU, Al Sharpton, The New Black Panther Party....etc. Are not racist?!?! This black crap is getting out of hand and pathetic!!

834 days ago
36.

marina    

WOW another racial issue. Can't any show decide what they want to show on TV without everything being made racial. Get a life. Blacks have been black mailing America long enough. GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

834 days ago
37.

Wash. Hts. Girl    

Why do these two want to be on a lame show like The Bachelor? There are two more Kardashian daughters who are about ready to date...Truthfully, these two are Obama shills, play that race card; it's time to turn the heat up for the upcoming election.

834 days ago
38.

patty    

really - all this cuz he wanted to be on this show so badly??? i smell bull zhit!

834 days ago
39.

i pee freely    

boo boo boo i want to get on tv those peolple are idiots..get a fu@#n life black dudes

834 days ago
40.

Sonja    

Good for them. Like someone else said all the show had to do was give them the same damn interview they gave everyone else and then picked their choice out of the batch. Instead they stuck these two on the side and then just told them to go home. Yes it's their show and they can pick who they want BUT they don't get to break laws... including civil right laws concerning discrimination. There are plenty of white women would sign up for a bachelor show featuring a black man.. this isn't 1950 America anymore. Look at Chad Ochocinco's dating show. More than half the women were white. Frankly this boring Bachelor show has been Wonder Bread boring for several season now.. maybe it's time they did add some flavor!

834 days ago
41.

bf    

"Bachelor" is a job opportunity? Were not they suppose to look for love?

On other hand, the faster "Bachelor" franchise gets off the air, the better. So sue them .

834 days ago
42.

quezcotl    

wtf is this guy talking about? you can't find love without 25 women dating you on a tv show?
Secondly, both of these played fotball, but what is their education?

834 days ago
43.

Zach    

WAAAAAAAAAAAA IM BLACK NOONE LIKES MEEE WAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH cry babies get a job.

834 days ago
44.

VOUDOU    

Listen to the urban slop coming out of enemy mines mouth. That is television worthy? What are they going to do? Put up subtitles?

834 days ago
45.

ManiacalZebra    

I noticed that no other races are suing. Get over yourselves.

834 days ago
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