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According to TMZ, two African American men—Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks—will be filing suit against the creators of the TV dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette citing racist casting practices.

After turning up at a casting for the show, Johnson and Claybrooks allege they were both taken aside and asked why they were there. The pair also claims they were left out of the normal auditioning process, and passed over simply because of their race.

The news of this lawsuit comes just weeks after many wondered if ABC was finally ready to cast its first black bachelor. Although there is no word on whether or not the show’s newest season will include a non-white lead, many began lobbying for Lamar Hurd, a Portland-based sportscaster, to be cast in the role.

TMZ reports Johnson and Claybrooks will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, and are apparently suing ABC, Next Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television, and the show’s creator Mike Fleiss.

What do you think of the lawsuit?

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  • Tara

    With all of the black owned cable networks or networks that promote “black culture.” I just don’t understand why there hasn’t been a bachelor-like show on BET, TV One, Centric, or even OWN. Blacks have made so many strides in the entertainment world and have had so many successes, but we still don’t have any control over the production and programming of our image on television. Why are we always waiting for whites to open up their institutions to us. Can’t we create our own? You never hear about Hispanics complaining about not seeing themselves on predominately white networks. They have their own networks and programming that they control and support. Can we take a page from them please and STOP whining all the damn time??

  • AfroStyling

    Here’s an idea…let them (black men)fight their own battles. Why should we care?

  • worksforaliving

    Racism was a dead issue until barry took office. Do a search….. Has barry ever REALLY worked for a living? He is a Chicago thug. Here’s another question for barry and the two deadbeats that want to be on dancing with the wanna be’s…..If us “white crackers” had NOT brought the slaves over, would barry be president and oprah be the richest woman in America? Perhaps us sorry ass “bad” white people who invented cars, airplanes, computers, etc…. are not liable but are do a payment!

    • H

      Ughh you’re one of those insufferable trolls that blames Obama for everything. You know that hatred you spew only works to excite people who believe the same thing as you.

      No racism was never dead. It’s a live issue now because people like you are either racist and can’t deal with the President not being white or you’re some extreme tea partier that puts politics before country. For you, I think it’s both.

      Go back to watching Fox News sir. No I bet he’s off to troll on YouTube or post in some Birther forums.

    • SONIA SMITH

      i DONT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WHITE CRACKERS, WHO STOLE OUR INDENTITY, ARTS, AND RICHES FROM AFRICA; AND PORTRAYS US AS TRIBAL AND UNCIVILIZE. I DONTKNOW WHY YOU PEOPLE THINK WE BLACK FOLKS WANT TO LOOK LIKE YOU…WITH YOUR PALE SKIN, WHICH LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU SKIN A PIG…I NEVER WANT TO BE A WHITE PERSON…YOU GUYS ARE SO EVIL THE THINGS YOU DID TO BLACK PEOPLE…WE ARE OLY INTERESTED IN THE OPPORTUNITY WHICH IS WITHHELD FROM US BECAUSE YOU ARE IN CHARGE IN THIS COUNTRY.

  • H

    This in’t shocking. Shows like this are for mainstream America which is majority white, so most shows are focused on getting white audiences to tune in. I don’t think middle America is ready to see a black guy kissing on twenty white women. They may be more accepting of black men than black women, but they ain’t that accepting lol.

    Basically black people make up 13% of the population. They’re not going to do a show with all black people because white people won’t watch. They’re not going to do an interracial show because just about no one will watch. So I guess we just have to settle for our handsome black bachelor being Flavor Flav lol.