Earlier this year Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville against The Bachelor claiming they are engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination that intentionally excludes people of color. They both claimed during an audition they were barely given a fair chance because of the color of their skin. According to their claims, the white applicants were given more time to audition during the process. Also they said after 10 years and a combined 23 seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” there hasn’t been a person of color in a central role.

They hoped for the case to set precedent because it was the first lawsuit filed against a reality show citing discrimination, but yesterday a judge threw out the lawsuit. The Tennessee judge dismissed the case citing the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech). According to TMZ, he explained that the courts could not control how television or movie producers cast a show. He cited shows such as The Cosby Show, Jersey Shore and Shahs of Sunset, as to how the 1st Amendment protects them in casting all Black, Italian or Persian casts. In a statement to TMZ, a representative for Warner Brothers stated, “We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor.”

Will there ever be a Black bachelor or bachelorette? Well thanks to the Freedom of Speech, Warner Brothers doesn’t have to worry about that little issue any more.

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  • Mademoiselle

    Why do we even need a bachelor show in our community? Just because white people are doing it doesn’t mean we have to follow suit or beg for entry. Who cares that no black people are on that show? Personally I’d rather not watch a gang of women competing for one man as if he’s their last hope at love — especially in the black community. No man is the effing rare.

  • ?!?

    Who cares? I thought the whole “Girls” should have black girls was sad whining. This is worse.

    Please accept me, want me, love me. Ugh! It’s pathetic. Who is happy after these begging situations? White people are pissed because you forced your way onto a “white” show. Black folks feel that they are not 100% accepted. It’s a lose lose. Anyway. It’s not rocket science. There are a lot of rich black men dating interracially, but America is not ready to see a black guy kissing all up on a bunch of blondes. Some people don’t date interracially, and amongst the ones that do, black folks are the last group they will date. They should try cable TV. Black men/non-black women are no big deal on channels like VH1.

  • Nic

    Come on now…everyone knows that the Bachelor would not work if the “bachelor” was black…”You mean I have to pick only ONE white woman? But, but, I want all the white ones!!”…yeah, not happening.

  • The fact that they are suing a show to be one of the many pursuing a white woman says it all. jeez