The Bachelor to Face Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

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When it comes to ABC’s venerable romantic reality series The Bachelor, about all the racial diversity you can hope for is some variance in the contestants’ fake tans, but two African-American men hope to change that: Minor league football player Christopher Johnson and NFL aspirant Nathaniel Claybrooks are suing ABC for racial discrimination. The duo claims that when they showed up at a Nashville audition for The Bachelor, both were shunted aside and passed over for the next phase of tryouts, and they believe it’s because they’re black. Indeed, the Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises have never featured a non-white lead, though ABC does air Scandal, currently the only prime-time drama with a black actress in the lead role.

Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Hits The Bachelor