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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