Are black contestants not good enough for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?

Posted by James, 03 Feb

ABC's The Bachelor reality TV show debuted in 2002 and since then, season after season, the show ( and its sister show The Bachelorette ) seem not to have non-White singles being given the leading role to search for love.

In 2012, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks of Nashville filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they were turned down by the The Bachelor for being non-White because they never believed it was a coincidence that all non-White men who audition don't just fit the bill. Sadly, the lawsuit alleging racial discrimination was thrown out.

There has been one Latino Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, who is Venezuelan-American. But on the sister showm all women chosen for the leading role of The Bachelorette to date have all been White. The executive producer has hinted that the next season of The Bachelorette would be “diverse.”

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This season, black female contestants Jami Letain, Amber James and Jubilee Sharpe featured on the show were eliminated in week three, four and five respectively. Is there no room for black female and male contestants on these franchise shows? Discrimination or are they not good enough?

In the article "A history of black contestants on ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’", Molly Fitzpatrick writes:

"In the history of the franchise, on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, a black contestant has never lasted longer than five weeks. In fact, more than half—59%—of black Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants leave the shows within two weeks. (For reference, in recent years, seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette typically last 10 weeks.)"

Looking at history, seasons 13 to 16 of The Bachelor had no black female contestants. On the other hand, seasons 5 to 9 of The Bachelorette had no black contestants. On both shows, this was between the years 2009 to 2012 for The Bachelor and the years 2009 - 2011 for The Bachelorrette. Coincidence?

Visit Fusion.net to see the real picture of the franchise’s conception of race. Let us know what you think.

3 responses to "Are black contestants not good enough for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?"

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  1.   ladybarb says:
    Posted: 27 Apr

    There have been black contestants on The Bachelor. Unfortunately, on the series that I saw, the young woman created quite a bit of drama and just plain nonsense. I think that a lot of young women think that they have to bring attention to herself by behaving "black," (being obnoxiously loud, creating drama, speaking in ebonics when angry... in general behaving in an embarrassing way.) If we want more equality on shows like that, we have to present ourselves in a way that personifies class and intelligence.

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  2. Posted: 03 Feb

    I never watch the Bachelor or the Bachelorette and can't imagine any self respecting woman or man being on those shows unless it is to be seen for something else. These shows are so stupid anyway. I can't see why anyone would want to degrade themselves in this way to find a mate. Really can we all say desperate and patheic

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    • Jassy06 says:
      Posted: 11 May

      Black agree with you 100 percent.... There's no loss if a black person does not make it to these shows.... It does no add value to one's life

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