Same same no different.....
ABC pretending black bachelor is a possibility still…some time in the future obviously…like never (probably)
20 seasons in, and ABC is still pretending they would really like to have a black Bachelor head up their shit-tastic show that we can't believe anybody still watches.
We mean, come on now, even the train wreck element disappeared years ago.
And it hasn't been even mildly entertaining since season 12, when they had the "British Bachelor" Matt Grant.
Anyway, we digress—which is more than can be said for The Bachelor when it comes to the subject of their choice of show lead.
They've all been blindingly white—as white as their chicklet looking choppers—albeit with a healthy splash of orange fake tan thrown in for good measure.
As have all the Bachelorettes—12 in total and counting, although they really all just fade into one long-haired cheerleader prom-Queen type extension of each other at the end of the day.
Galavis ended up being the most notorious bachelor of all time—and not just because of his dusky coloring.
The single dad caused controversy after he was caught on camera whispering in the ear of runner-up, Clare Crawley, "I love fucking you, but I don't know you."
Probably the most honest thing any of these losers has ever actually said.
He caused yet more headaches for show producers after refusing to propose to his final rose receiving "lucky lady", Nikki Ferrell.
He even steadfastly refused to tell her he loved her during the finale—which we really kinda respected—as it's such a ludicrous concept given the show's premise and the reality of the situation.
However, he lost any modicum of respect we could still possibly muster after making a series of homophobic comments when asked about the possibility of a gay bachelor.
So, yeah, there you go.
Anyway, aside from good old Galavis, the Bachelor and Bachelorette has been steadfastly white (aside from the tan orange we mentioned) throughout it's duration.
ABC, and the show's production company, Warner Horizon television, were even subjected to a lawsuit over the matter.
Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson,sued the network back in 2012 for alleged racial discrimination, following an open casting call they attended in Nashville.
The two former college football players claimed they were "rushed through the audition process dismissively while observing white applicants treated with greater attention."
Their suit was dismissed however, after a judge ruled:
As defendants persuasively argue, casting decisions are a necessary component of any entertainment show's creative content...
The plaintiffs seek to drive an artificial wedge between casting decisions and the end product, which itself is indisputably protected as speech by the First Amendment.
Thus, regulating the casting process necessarily regulates the end product.
In this respect, casting and the resulting work of entertainment are inseparable and must both be protected to ensure that the producers' freedom of speech is not abridged.
There you go then.
Despite winning the right to be white, ABC has gone through the motions from time to time of pretending they would love the show to be more diverse.
And, they were doing the same yesterday, as Entertainment President Channing Dungey, fielded questions during a TCAs presentation.
When asked about the show's diversity issue, she claimed:
I would very much like to see some changes there.
I think one of the biggest changes that we need to do is we need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning because part of what ends up happening as we go along is that there just aren't as many candidates to ultimately end up in the role of the next Bachelor or Bachelorette so that is something we really want to put some effort and energy towards.
When asked if producers could just pick a candidate and sort the issue out once and for all, Dungey replied:
[However] the show has been very much in a cycle where the first runner-up in one cycle becomes the person who leads the next cycle.
It's worked very well for us because the audience feels really engaged in helping to choose that candidate.
So I think what we would like to try to do is just widen the pool choices.
Yeah, well, good luck with that.
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