Do you remember when two Black men auditioned for “The Bachelor” and were turned away?
Allegedly, they were shunned by producers. This prompted Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson to take the case to court. In April, they shouted discrimination and many took their side. Just look at the cast of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” – hardly a speckle of color in sight!
Personally, I’m not offended. If I wanted to date a Black or Latino man who would later dump me after I made a fool of myself, I’d just pick up a man at my local bar. I’ve had my fill of embarrassing moments, hollering, “Why don’t you want me?!!” not once but twice in the name of love (and in the middle of Times Square. But just the once). I’ve played “The Bachelor” love game, competing with other women for the attention of a successful, educated, smooth, and handsome Latino.
It’s called college, people!
Still, a case was made. Claybrooks and Johnson hired lawyers and took it to the courts. And lost. On October 15, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger’s dismissed the case, as casting decisions by networks and the series’ producers are protected by the First Amendment.
Previous to the dismissal of the case, the new Bachelor was announced. On September 25, the world was reintroduced to Sean Lowe, a Dallas-based insurance salesman (exciting!). He is a reject from “The Bachelorette” (Emily Maynard’s season). And he is blonde and blue-eyed.
That means he isn’t Black. He isn’t Latino. They didn’t even throw in a Spaniard!
So, if you want to live the drama of “The Bachelor” with a Latino or Black man, come to Washington Heights in New York City, or whatever ethnic neighborhood is closest to you, and go to the local bar. Or just return to college.