In terms of trashiness, I think the Bachelor is just one step above the Jerry Springer Show. It preys on people’s emotions, and it throws attention towards the worst parts of humanity. That said, I think it would be great if there were minorities in the main role. Which is why I think it’s good that two African American men are suing the Bachelor for racial discrimination.
Johnson alleges in the complaint that when he went to a casting call for “The Bachelor,” he was denied the typical application process. He said his application materials were taken by an employee of the defendants named in the suit; the same wasn’t done for other apparent non-black applicants he saw.
Claybrooks alleges that at his casting call for the show he was interviewed for less time than white applicants, rushed through the process, and therefore not given the same opportunity as the white applicants.
The article goes on:
The complaint goes on to posit that neither “The Bachelor” nor “The Bachelorette” has featured “a single person of color – whether African-American, Latino, Asian, or any other minority race or ethnicity — in the central role.” Put another way, “in 16 seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ and 7 seasons of ‘The Bachelorette,’ every person featured in the lead role on either show has been white.”
Think about it. If they had a non-White person in the main role, it would force the people to watch to see beyond stereotypes. It would send a message that the life of a non-white person can be just as fun and interesting as that of a white person. I think they should sue, and I think they should win. Remember that these shows are broadcast over publicly managed television frequencies. Minorities should (“should” added…see conversation in the comments) have a right to have better and more frequent representation than they have right now.