Why Doesn't 'The Bachelor' or 'The Bachelorette' Ever Feature People of Color?

For countless seasons, we've watched several relationships rise and fall on ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. But isn't it ironic that every single hopeless romantic fits the same cookie cutter frame? All single (usually!), all good-looking, and all white. Well, according to MamásLatinas writer Mariela Rosario, that's no coincidence -- and she's pretty fed up about it! Read on for Mariela's take on this issue ...

OK, so I have a serious bone to pick with ABC. I've been following their ridiculous matchmaking "reality" competitions since they started. I mean, come on, it's sort of hard to avoid The Bachelor and The Bachelorette -- have you seen the amount of publicity they generate every. Single. Season?!

It's insane. I'm still not sure why these shows captivate the U.S. so much. I guess it's sort of because we all hold on to this romantic notion that there IS such thing as love at first sight, and ladies, you know we all love buying into the whole Knight in Shining Armor fantasy ... sigh.

But you know why these shows never, ever seem realistic to me?

Because they are lacking one seriously fundamental aspect of living in the United States: DIVERSITY!

Seriously, have you ever seen a Latino or black person featured on the show? This is why the only season I really got into was Ali Fedotowsky's. She picked Latino HOTTIE Roberto Rodriguez, the only Latino to ever really get any sort of real screen time on any of these shows.

But for real, there have been over 23 -- twenty-three(!) -- seasons of this drivel and they have not been able to cast a single actor of color as the Bachelor or Bachelorette? I'm sick and tired of ABC pretending that they've "tried to promote diversity." The show's creator Mike Fleiss told EW.com that he and his team "always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would." Ugh, groan! Oh yeah, Mike? TRY HARDER.

Interracial marriages are skyrocketing in this country and having a juggernaut of a show like this feature such a white-washed cast is just totally ludicrous. So, I'm calling BS on you, ABC, and you, Mike Fleiss!

Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this strongly about the lack of diversity and the pathetic casting attempts by ABC because football players Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson just announced that they are filing a class-action lawsuit against The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for racial discrimination.

I say: Good for them! Someone has to call out these big media companies for ignoring the fact that minorities make up a productive part of our society! Also, we aren't half-bad looking. I mean, Roberto was hands down the hottest dude to ever win a Bachelorette's heart. OK, fine, maybe I'm biased (Puerto Rico -- hoooooo!), but whatever.

On that note, I will leave you with this gem from Fleiss who responded last year when asked about the lack of diversity: "I think Ashley is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm."

I think that about says it all, folks.

Do you think the producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are racist?


Written by Mariela Rosario for MamásLatinas.com; Images via Getty Images

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nonmember avatar Ashley

This is ridiculous. If you read the actual interview of what the producer Fleiss said, he actually said he WANTED more people of color but that they don't come forward wishing to be on the show. The applicants are overwhelmingly white, so guess what? The contestants are white.
Oh and by the way, I'm white. So if these guys can sue, I'm going to sue Tyler Perry because he's doesn't hire white actors to play the title roles of his films, only African Americans. So I'm filing a class action lawsuit against his WILLFUL discrimination against white people. Oh, I forgot, it's only discrimination if it's against any other race but white, right?

the4m... the4mutts

I heard about this on the radio this morning. The thing I heard, stated that the minorities that have come forward to audition for the "main" role, don't meet the financial and/or lifestyle requirements they set down.

And as far as those trying to win the bachelor/bachelorettes heart, the "main" person, gets to help set guidelines for the kind of person they're interrested in. So maybe its not the network & producers, maybe its the bachelor/bachelorettes that aren't attracted to minorities.

I personally, am not attracted to asian type men, or black men. I would never even kiss one of the two. I stand firm that those men are not attractive to ME.

Every other ethnicity, I find sexy.

So we shouldn't be so quick to pull the race card, when it might just be personal preferences

KWnav... KWnavywife

Seriously? Do you not have anything better to do than be offended because abc seems to only have white people making fools of themselves on some contrived, overly dramatic, completely unrealistic dating show? Get a life and learn to focus on real issues.

Robin Lester

Hey give us real life women a shot at romance too..

amomm... amommy2jack

I have always figured that the men and women of other ethnicities are too smart to go on this dumb show. 23 seasons and just one success? LOL

Robin Lester

Well Shoot. I'll try this again. Give us real life women a shot at romance..That is what I said wihen I sent a message to the producers.. Give a 40 something not a size 0 a chance to have the same fantasy.. Andm u r right, a person of color also.. But, it appears they only beleive that size 0, 20 something crowd make the ratings. It is a TV Reality show not a fantasy land.


 

nonmember avatar Katrina

Guess what, mutt. Saying you would never find an Asian or black man attractive based solely on their race and not the fact that you've seen ALL of them and weren't attracted to any is racism.

nonmember avatar Mary

So sick of the stupid race card. There are plenty of shows on other chanels if your looking for reality shows featuring minorities. Different races lead different lifestyles. Maybe they havent come across someone who fits their profile. Unless you personally were turned down for the show and are a minority, shut up and get on with life. If you disagree with the show, dont watch it, there are a bazillion other channels and shows to watch just pick up your remote. Many more important issues in life by far!

coupo... coupon_ash_back

Actually there are white actors in Tyler Perry productions

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