A lot of information to update you on since I last posted a week ago. Some of it you may already know, and I’ll include everything that’s happened in the past week, plus a lot of what you don’t know, which I will also update you on. A reminder that tonight we will be back with the live video blog at 9PM EST/6PM PST talking all things “Bachelorette” related. However, since today’s post will be updating you on a lot of things regarding what’s happening, I’m open to talking about other shows tonight since I haven’t done much of it recently. Also, at the beginning of the show, I’m going to be addressing one major aspect of the lawsuit against me, so you don’t want to miss it. It’s kind of a misconception that I’d like to clear up since, well lets face it, there are a lot of ignorant people out there and I’d like to just express some of the ridiculous claims laid against me. For once, you will actually get my side of the story on one major issue regarding this lawsuit. So don’t miss it.
I’m sure many of you have heard about the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the “Bachelor” franchise yesterday from two African-American men who are suing the show for lack of ethnic diversity on the show. Look, I’m not a lawyer so I have no idea whether or not this lawsuit will change anything, or if these guys stand a chance on winning. And honestly, nor do I care. If they do, great. They’re fighting for what they believe in, so more power to them for standing up for themselves. If they don’t win, oh well. Doesn’t change what I do. I’m still gonna make fun of this silly show regardless. But now that these two guys brought this subject matter to light, I do find it funny. I mean sh**, we all know this show casts pretty much nothing but white people. Quick, off the top of your head, name the last African-American you remember seeing on this show? Exactly. You can’t. And I’m not even talking about in the lead role. Even the suitors are all white. I just like the fact these two guys brought this issue public, which means ABC is forced to respond, will take criticism in the media for their lack of ethnic diversity, and they’ll have to shell over a few bucks to defend themselves against it. Good. Serves them right. Also gives me some extra material to give them sh** for this season, like, “Hey, which African-American guy is gonna steal Emily’s heart this season and take her home to meet his parents? Oh wait, there isn’t one. Shocker.”
Three things I wanted to point out that I find pretty curious about all this:
1) The last two African-American contestants they had (Ryan Hoag and Jeffrey Harris from DeAnna’s season), are on record in that article pretty much siding with the plaintiffs. Neither one of them feels like this show does anything to help minorities on the show. So that could help these guys’ case.
2) One of the main sites that ABC has to promote all three shows of the “Bachelor” franchise (“Bachelor,” “Bachelorette,” and “Bachelor Pad”) can be located at Bachelor.TV. What’s interesting is recently, that site had a link in the navigation bar named “Alumni,” where it listed every past season, and headshots of every past contestant from those seasons. That link is now gone. Hmmmm, wonder why? Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that someone could go on that site and see that basically since DeAnna’s season, not a single African-American has been on the show now, would it? Pardon me if there was one or two, but honestly, I don’t think there was. What I’m saying is there’s been 8 seasons since DeAnna’s (Jason, Jillian, Jake, Ali, Brad, Ashley, Ben, and Emily), with 25-30 contestants each season (25 x 8 = 200 contestants), and to my recollection, there hasn’t been one African-American on the show.
3) ABC’s press release to the media yesterday, which you can read right here, is flat out laughable. Here’s what they said:
“This complaint is baseless and without merit. In fact, we have had various participants of color throughout the series’ history, and the producers have been consistently — and publicly — vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs. As always, we continue to seek out participants of color for both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.”
Are you kidding me? Do they really believe their own BS? For reasons stated in point #2, exactly where do you get “we’ve had various participants of color throughout the series” line? Huh? Going back all the way to the beginning, in 24 seasons of this show, I’m guessing there hasn’t been more than 10 people who weren’t of Caucasian descent on this show. And 10 might even be generous. That’s 24 seasons x 26 people a season (including the lead) = 624 previous contestants roughly. IF that number is 10 out of 624, that’s .02% of your contestants have not been white. (Correction: Oops. The math police is out in full force today. Already gotten 4 emails correcting my math there. My mistake. It’s 1.6% not .02%. Forgot to move the decimal point. Miss Willard from senior year would not be happy with me). You call that racial diversity? Uhhhh, ok. What are they smoking? What a bunch of ignorant, elitist snobs that they’re gonna say they’ve had “various participants of color throughout the series.” Sure you have. This is laughable.
Like I said, ABC might end up winning this case in the end or it gets thrown out, and they’ll continue to do business as usual which is casting a white lead and 25 while suitors for that lead, but at least they’re being called out for it now. Hell, we’ve all been aware of it. We watch the shows. It’s basically a white-out season in and season out. This isn’t news to us. But it sure leaves ABC with some egg on their face. Especially after releasing such a bogus statement like the one above. Geesh. Are they not even watching their own show?