ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ franchise to be sued for racial discrimination
Racial discrimination alleged
Two African American men expect to file a lawsuit against ABC television and the producer of reality dating shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” claiming racial discrimination, attorneys said on Tuesday.
The class action suit to be filed in federal court today, April 18, is being brought by football players Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, who say that in the 23 seasons that the shows have had, neither has ever featured a person of color in the central role, according to a statement from the attorneys.
A news conference has been planned as well to discuss the action that will be taken “on behalf of all other persons of color who have applied for the role of the Bachelor or the Bachelorette but been denied the equal opportunity for selection on the basis of race.”
The lawsuit will be filed against ABC television, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and Michael Fleiss, the executive producer of the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchises.
Fleiss was quoted as saying, “we always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they (African Americans) don’t come forward. I wish they would,” he continued saying that by choosing to cast an African American just for the sake of race makes him feel guilty of tokenism.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Nashville residents Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, an All-American football player and an aspiring National Football League player, respectively, filed a lawsuit against the popular ABC reality television programs “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for intentional exclusion of persons of color over the course of 23 seasons. The men, both of whom are African American, are requesting class-action status for the case.
Now that “The Bachelor’s” Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are engaged, we can presume that they’ve shared practically everything with one another.
Everything except their bodies, that is.
According to People magazine, Lowe and Giudici are waiting to be intimate until after they say “I do.”
For Lowe, who is a Christian and a born-again virgin, it’s a personal decision as much as it’s a spiritual one.
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—Brad Womack, the Austin, Texas bar owner getting an unprecedented second chance as "The Bachelor'' on the ABC dating series, is scheduled to attend a blood drive in Woodland Hills Saturday.