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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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106.

anita    

who cares, get your own show! are they seriously whining about not lookin like a slut on national tv?? pay cbs or put it on the own network ?!

828 days ago
107.

MeYouUs    

why would you even WANT to be on the show......

828 days ago
108.

ITUS    

Do African Men really need more bad relationships? I use black cause it is in the article....but it could be Asian, Latino and add your culture here. what a waste of time...this lawyer is a fame whore = new kardasian

828 days ago
109.

Ann    

You are becoming to make parody of the word "racist". Nowadays everything in the USA is "racist". It's difficult to take it seriously.

828 days ago
110.

archie    

OMG...really? Get over urselves. U make an issue out of your skin...we dont!

828 days ago
111.

Seldombinlaid    

It wasn't because their black, It's because their unattractive dudes. Their trying to run a show, not another living with the Kardashions.

828 days ago
112.

aimee    

I would love to see good looking black men on this show not that i watch this show anyways. I wouldn't want to date neither chris or nate. They would have to look like shemar moore, dwayne johnson,denzel washington, just in order for me to watch this show.

828 days ago
113.

dennis    

If they made Kim Kardashian the Bachelorette it might solve a lot of this.

828 days ago
114.

me    

Wow, no big surprise. cry racism, cry racism, cry racism!!!! over and over and over again! Maybe we should sue because blacks have the united negro college fund, black music awards, free housing in state prisons and the list goes on. your free now, we in this day and age did not enslave you. if you have such a problem here, you know where you can move to!

828 days ago
115.

Pudding Tang    

some black dudes have become so arrogant and hungry for self entitlement that they fail to see the real reason behind rejection. Which is one looks like a fat boy black version of mr. clean and the other like he has down syndrome.

828 days ago
116.

Rebecca    

Really???? This is so crazy. Why do we still call racism whenever we don't get what we want? It is not always about race. If you find yourself feeling that way then maybe you need to look deep within yourself because you sound a little racist yourself.

828 days ago
117.

Grace    

How about you weren't hired because you're unattractive?!?! So sick of the race card being pulled for everything. Can I sue BET for not having any white people?!?! Don't even get me started on affirmative action. Not hiring me because I am white and instead hiring a black person to fill quotas. Disgusting. Or the fact you get financial aid for college because of the color of your black skin. Could you imagine if whites got free money for college???? Shame on you TMZ for giving these people exposure on your website.

828 days ago
118.

svizzy    

go to an acura casting next time

828 days ago
119.

desorden    

such losers, first of all they are auditioning for the Bachelor both dudes are ugly as f*c*...............black people always using discrimination to make a quick buck......

828 days ago
120.

Amy    

OMG!! I am sick and tired of people using their race card when things don't go their way! It has nothing to do with being black, look at them and look at the guys that have been on in the past they aren't as good looking as the normal bachelors. Nothing to with being black they're just not as much of a good looking person as they'd need to be to get on the show. GEEZE! We have a black president morons that crap is in the past!

828 days ago
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