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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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121.

Thomas Jefferson    

This show has nothing to do with finding love or the husband/wife of your dreams. It's about making money for ABC.

888 days ago
122.

Sandra     

This is one stupid show that needs to go!! It is interesting however that no person of colour has been a contestant !!

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123.

Dr Hardwicke    

Don't get your hopes up too high guys.
When the judge see's you he will understand why you can't get dates.
You're just not attractive men, you look like homeless vagrants to most people who see you.
Call Oprah she is single?

888 days ago
124.

Kimberly Wash     

I AM SOOOOOO SICK OF OTHERS WHO THINK THEY RUN THIS COUNTRY, THIS STATE, & THIS WORLD! WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE AND YOUR IGNORANCE WILL NEVER KEEP A BLACK MAN FROM ACCOMPLISHING ANYTHING IN LIFE!!! THIS IS OUR PLANET, OUR WORLD, OUR CITY, OUR STATE AND WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!

888 days ago
125.

Steinberg    

It's not because you're black. It's because you're not good looking and you have nothing going for you as far as life. That's why you weren't chosen you dumb morons.

888 days ago
126.

Dr Hardwicke    

I wonder if they have ever considered the possibility of hooking up with each other? They make a cute couple?

888 days ago
127.

Hammerhead    

I'm 49 yo. divorced, single dad of two kids. I'm gonna sue as well. I need to score some hot 20 something babe and have a fake marriage on national TV

888 days ago
128.

Liz    

So producers should be forced to make men of color finalists to be the Bachelor....the NFL requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions, and lots of teams go thru the motions when they already know who they want to hire. What does it really accomplish?

888 days ago
129.

Mr G.     

Serioulsy? This show is soo stupid, let white folks have it. But the issue here does leave a burning question. Why are Minorites like Black Men with White Women, Asian Girs, and Black Women with White Men #1 in a Billion Dollar XXX Porn Industry that is watched by a mostly white audience, but they are too scared to show them in a so called "real" relationship on shows like the Bachelor or Bachelorette?? Kind of makes you want to go...Hmmmmmm...

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130.

Mr G.     

Can someone help me out here? Why are Minorities (Asian Girls, Black Women, Black Men with White Girls) in the XXX Billon Dollar Porn Industry #1 when it comes to a mostly white audience watching these sex partners perform behind closed doors, but a show like the Bachelor is too scared to show the possiblity of them having a real relationship on regular TV?? Is this a fair question?

888 days ago
131.

MsQueen    

It's because they're not attractive, not because they're black. And the racist comments are not helping to get rid of the 'black race card' being played. Good grief. If you don't have anything intelligent to say, don't say anything at all.

888 days ago
132.

Greg    

they didn't not cast you because your black, it's because your ugly and this is tv.

888 days ago
133.

Ben    

Sometimes shows only cast white people. Some shows only cast blacks (BET). Others, only latinos (Telemundo, Tre3s) and so forth. Some shows want diversity. Whatever the Director wants to cast he is completely within he is right. You know, that thing called freedom.

888 days ago
134.

en Todo Momento!!    

these especially bachelor/bachelorette shows are the cesspool for the worst forms of 'soft core' racism. it's always the 'sweet smile eastern european, 'handsome blue eyed' desirable socially successful (WHITE!!) male, looking for a similarly romantic minded woman or female to breed and or procreate with. eugenics at it's wurst.. pun intended.

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en Todo Momento!!    

oh, and btw, it's not about 'white people'. the eastern european slav populations are very selective about their breed selections. not just any 'white people' will do. that's where black people think they know everything about 'white people' and only prove themselves to be ignorant and stupid.

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