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Contestants (L-R) Stu, Josh, Jason (frontrow) and Kevin, Mark, David, Eric T. and Chris M. (backrow) attend the taping of The Bachelorette - The Men Tell All Special on February 12, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
ABC’s hit romance franchise “The Bachelor” may not be feeling the love, following the filing of a class action lawsuit over claims of purposeful discrimination against people of color.
Two African-American men, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, took part in an open casting for “The Bachelorette” in 2011, but claim they were not treated the same as the other, predominantly white, applicants. Lawyers for the men say the case is about civil and economic rights.
Do reality TV shows have a responsibility to portray racial diversity? Would you like to see more racially mixed couples on TV in general? Even if shows of this nature were racially diverse, would a man or woman from an ethnic minority be likely to stay in the contest? Should this be an issue for shows that are just about entertainment?
Doron Ofir, Founder and Director of Doron Ofir Casting based in Los Angeles
Greg Braxton, Television Writer, Los Angeles Times