It’s Over: Court Explains Why “The Bachelor” Can’t Be Found Guilty Of Racial Discrimination

October 17, 2012  |  

Source: ABC

About six months ago, we told you about the two black men who were filing a discrimination suit against ABC’s “The Bachelor,” citing that in the show’s 10 year history (Yes, it’s been 10 years!) there has never been one person of color vying for the affections of the opposite sex.

Well, today the U.S. District court put a stop to the lawsuit.

The court found that even if ABC’s hit show lacks diversity, it’s within their First Amendment right to cast whomever they see fit.

Judge Aleta Trauger noted that the show, in an attempt to appeal to their target audience, ABC may or not have discriminated based on race; but said the First Amendment protects their right to control their  own creative content.

“Thus, the court must assume, as alleged in the Amended Complaint, that the defendants did discriminate on the basis of race, that they did so to conform the content of their Shows to cater to the viewpoint of their target audience concerning interracial relationships, that the Shows’ content thereby perpetuates racial stereotypes about interracial relationships, and that the plaintiffs seek to alter/correct the defendants’ casting decision process to address that issue.

Regardless, as discussed herein, the First Amendment protects the defendants’ ability to control the content of their own programs unilaterally … because the defendants – not the plaintiffs – are entitled to control the casting of their own programs in the manner in which they see fit.”

So the two black men, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, may still take ABC to court, but the likelihood of them winning their case is highly unlikely after this ruling.

What interests me about this whole scenario is how “Civil Rights” type issues are being reflected in the casting of reality shows? To me, it just seems like there are other, more pressing social justice issues that have nothing to do with reality television. Furthermore, even if Johnson and Claybrooks won the law suit and ABC decided to cast one of them on the next season of “The Bachelor,” would it truly be satisfying knowing that the network only picked you because they were legally obligated to?

I guess to each his own.

What do you think about the ruling? Are you surprised by it or did you see this coming all along?


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  • Urbangirl

    They should try VH1

  • realadulttalk

    With the success of all the relationships that transpire from this show–I can totally see why someone would fight to ge on. Were these dudes just bored? They better join eharmony or match. Lol

  • B

    I don’t care, to be honest. They should start their own bachelor show.

  • we already have our own bachelor show… was called “flava of love” lol

    • realadulttalk

      I hate you right now!!! Lmao

    • Tamz

      You know what…lmao

  • even if they do add color to The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I wouldn’t watch it. It is stupid. When you are looking for love, it doesn’t need to be televised. The couples from that show end up breaking up anyway. they just want their 15 minutes of fame. They need to go back to scripted tv sitcoms instead of this trash. producers never have you see what really goes on, they edit stuff together so all you see is the drama and negativity.

  • Faith

    I am not surprised. I don’t know why these black guys want to get on the show. They would have slept with all twenty five or whatever the number of women and bragged to his boys about how many they have gone through and numbers they got. They need to find something else better to do with their time.

  • FromUR2UB

    Who really cared about this, anyway? If these two black guys were chosen to be on the show, they probably would have overlooked the one token black woman just as their predecessors have. Furthermore, there’s something that seems very disingenuous about people who are seen kissing five or six different people in a “quest” for love. At least, it’s hard for me to believe they’re sincere in their motives.

  • yeppers

    We all know the REALITY of “REALITY” Television… people are cast on shows to be RATCHET for ratings…and thats what these WHITE CASTING DIRECTORS associate black people with….They act like this ignorant show is so classy is why they feel like a BLACK person being the lead will bring up the ratchet factor alienating their white audience. WE know how racist america can be and Im sure theyve done research of thier core audience and asked if this would plummet ratings and im sure the answer was YES. Who would want to be on this STUPID show man/woman anyway….competing for love..hell dont we do that enough in these streets…These shows are for these nobody white heffas to get they bland selves on television for 5 NOT 15….seconds of fame…KEEP IT ABC. BLACK PEOPLE AT LEAST THIS ONE WILL PASS.

  • Rawtid

    Ain’t no black man wanna go on that trifling assss show anyhow. With a bunch of gold digging hooes when p u$$y is free. Real talk.

  • Kenedy

    This show is such a mockery of relationships & i don’t know why anyone would want to humiliate themselves by showing they are so desparate for “love” but really fame or money & appearing on a reality show to do supposedly date & fall in love

    • MAQ

      Sorry I meant to give you a like first but i accidentaly touched the dislike.. damn these touch phones lol..

  • Candacey Doris

    Really and truly, I think all dating virtual shows are ridiculous. I didn’t think anyone still watched The Bachelor.

  • Cleo

    The black man would just pick some white girl anyway.

    • Janay

      Duh why else would he want to be on it

  • guest

    I don’t wanna be “that guy” but ain’t no one watching the Bachelor but the desperate white men and women who want to be on that show!

    • realadulttalk

      I think we all agree with the fact no one we know is watching this show–my brother could be on the show and I still wouldn’t watch it.

  • MsT

    I noticed ain’t time ago that there are no African Americans on the show. If there is, they gone home within the first few weeks. That’s one of the reasons I stopped watching. That show is all about their ratings. It’s all fake anyway…..

  • msgeegee

    I dont wanna watch that show and casting a Black bachelor wouldnt change my mind.

  • bebe

    Psh, I think there are more pressing issues to attend to. As Alexa said the minorities of the cast never make it past 3-4 episodes, so do they really expect ABC to cast a black Bachelor(ette)?

  • Alexa

    First off this show is garbage, and there are more important issues going on in the world than some “reality” show based on winning the affection of some man or woman. Plus none of those relationships seem to last for too long anyway. Also it was obvious from the jump that they discriminated on the show, I never saw too many black women or men make it past a couple of episodes. Clearly interracial dating is still some sort of taboo subject when it comes to white America.

    • Africanpride

      Time for Black people to push two parent black marriages more than fighting to be on a white show. Who cares about interracial, every race seem to fight to stick to themselves except Blacks. In all honesty, everything is not about integration, some things are left for however one race wants it. They want all whites, so what. You rarely see Asians on there either. So, stop whinning and if you want to see a black bachelor or bachelorette, fight for it on a black channel instead of watching those negative stereotypes portrayed on there. One produced by your own not another Trump influenced one.

      • B

        It’s not true that every race sticks to themselves. That may be how it appears on television. If anything, I see more non-black minorities dating and marrying out than not, so I don’t see where your statement came from. However I do agree with you that if black people want representation, they should consider a black channel whiff may be more receptive to them.

        • Africanpride

          Wait, it’s not true that every race sticks to themselves? Well, I don’t know what planet you live in but majority of hispanics, Asians, and most specifically whites stick to their own. Non black minorities date and marry other people but not blacks. Yes, I see more hispanics with Asians, vice versa, and whites with hispanics or Asians, it’s just up until recent that black and white relationship skyrocketed. But, what makes Black people so different is the fact that there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done within the race. Why are Black people so concerned to be on a show to find love in a white man or white woman when the community itself needs that type of concern and attention. I don’t see any race writing books or saying to be open to black people except black people saying to be open to other race. So, time to readjust our priority.

      • Janay

        This is black men fighting to be on a white show. The same black men to hypocritically tell black women to deal when black women ask for more representation in their music videos and movies. Let’s be more specific black women do fight for black race. IT is more so black men who don’t.