Lawsuit Claims 'Bachelor' Show Discriminates Against Blacks
Suit points out there have been 23 seasons and not a single person of color in central role
Sheila Burke The Associated Press
April 18, 2012NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two black men are taking "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" to court with a lawsuit that claims the reality shows are blocking contestants of color from starring roles.
Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville Wednesday. It says the popular TV shows are engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination that intentionally excludes people of color.
The two men say that after 10 years and a combined total of 23 seasons of "The Bachelor and The Bachelorette," neither of the shows has featured a single person of color in a central role.
Calls and emails to the publicist for the creator of the show an email to the ABC publicist were not immediately returned.