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