Yep. Because black people deserve the right to act like clowns in some scripted effort to find love, too:
A pair of African American men expect to file a lawsuit against ABC television and the producer of reality dating shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” charging racial discrimination, attorneys said on Tuesday.
The class action, to be filed in federal court on Wednesday, is being brought by two residents of Nashville, Tennessee who claim the popular shows intentionally exclude people of color.
Nashville residents Nathaniel Claybrooks, an All-American football player, and Christopher Johnson, an aspiring National Football League player, will claim that in the 10 years the shows have been on the air — a combined 23 seasons — neither has ever featured a person of color in a central role, according to a statement from the attorneys.
They plan a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the legal action taken “on behalf of all 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.
ABC could not immediately be reached for comment.
Fine. I guess I’ll concede to the notion that the ethnic makeup of shows like the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are in direct conflict with the diverse nature of America’s dating practices. But I’ve watched this show before (Lord knows why), and it really is quite atrocious. So not seeing black folks being represented on this nonsensical programming is a check in the social progress column as far as I’m concerned. All that notwithstanding, I guess this bears asking: don’t people of color have enough legitimate concerns to worry about? When did not being picked to be on some silly, fake, and socially inept reality show become grounds for racial discrimination? Priorities, people.
Besides, if you want the opportunity to behave like a coon on a national TV, I hear auditions are taking place for the next season of Basketball Wives.