I’ve probably watched a cumulative total of three hours of ABC’s reality dating show “The Bachelor.” The 15th season with Bachelor Brad just finished strong, and the seventh season of spin-off, “The Bachelorette,” (the show that picks up popular castoffs from the curb and puts them in the driver’s seat) is shooting now.

It spawned derivatives like “Flavor of Love,” and “I Love New York,” both on Vh1. We tend to be all up in arms over how these shows make black women (and other attention whores) look like gold-diggers so thirsty they’ll fight to drink from the same cup as a D-list, irrelevant celebrity. Let’s be honest: “The Bachelor” is the same thing, a bunch of white girls who don’t really have good jobs trying their hardest to be chosen by a man who, by virtue of network-TV given fame and fabulous dates paid for by sponsors, will turn their whole lives around. This they know for sure after like 6 weeks, and no one calls them groupies in the process.

However, now I suppose we should thank Vh1 for giving people of color a vehicle to compete for “love.” Because according to Mike Fleiss, creator of “The Bachelor” franchise, it won’t happen on his show.

Entertainment Weekly’s Inside TV blog interviewed Mike Fleiss, creator of “The Bachelor,” and asked point blank, “Will we ever see a bachelor or a bachelorette who is not white?”

Fleiss answered:

“I think Ashley (the new Bachelorette) is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

There you have it, these are the kinds of people calling the shots in Hollywood, folk who think it’s cool to make a lily-white show and “wedge” some color in as an after thought.

Are we to believe that in the 15 seasons the show has been on the air Mike pored over thousands of headshots and went, “Man I can’t believe there aren’t any ‘African-American chicks’ in the entire country who want to be on my very popular television show!” Sounds like he’s really broken up about it, huh?

What do you think?

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  • WoW

    I love how dramatic the white girls are on this show. But I’d love to see Korean,Iranian or Indian from India.

  • http://twitter.com/ScorpioBeauty Samantha B. Floyd

    It would be cool to see a Black Bachelorette on the show, but I’m skeptical of who’d they get. Between the Housewives, Basketball Wives and whatever other reality shows there are (I only watch 16 & Pregnant/Teen Mom), all reality TV does is further negative stereotypes and generalizations about black women. I see no reason ABC/Bachelorette wouldn’t do the same.

  • Tomi-chan

    I wouldn’t wish this show on any other race.

  • sandrine

    Define “not white”…. I don’t think the show would be as successful. I think the main audience is white women who would not be able to relate to WOC having men push up on them for 10 weeks straight on tv. I don’t care how much they dance to “Single ladies” or gush over Michelle OBama’s arms.

  • Mimi

    Totally agree. I will admit that I watched the first episodes of the first two seasons just to see if they had any black women on the show and in both seasons, the one black chick didn’t even make it til the end of the show. I guess they figured by season 3 they wouldn’t even bother putting black women on because the white man inevitably kicks them to the curb. Personally, black women have enough image issues in media to be lowering themselves to go on shows like this. I say SISTAS STAY AWAY!!!!

  • http://filmclique.com Jewelzz

    I’ve watched the Bachelor and actually find it entertaining. Most of the couples don’t work out, but a few do, which is more than I would say for any VH1 dating show. I think having a bachelor-type show on a black network would be a good idea rather than complaining about how they just won’t accept us on their show. History has shown that integration is never full integration. A show like this on a black network might promote a positive spin on black relationships in media for a change.

  • Ms. Pillowz

    Agreed 100%

  • OhPuhleezee

    I really, really, really hope that we never see a person of color as a Bachelor or Bachelorette on that show. This show and the copy cat Black shows on other stations are ridiculous. Why in the world would you want to watch a gaggle of girls compete, cry, back stab, and whore themselves out for the fake affection of one man?

    If floors me that people oppose the marriage of two gay people that have known each other for years but will celebrate the wedding of two straight people that are claiming to love each other after knowing each other for just a few weeks.

  • luvs

    Honestly, I am not surprise. I recall about eight years ago (do not quote me on that number), there was a Indian female and a Black female who asked the White bachelor whether he would date outside of his race. He was honest and said no, therefore the girls decided why continue with dating show, if he was not interested in any of them. What pissed me off were the White female contestants that were mad at those two females for leaving the show.

    Anyway, the point that I am getting to is that I stopped watching that show. I do not see the point of supporting a show that does not represent Black individuals, or truly embrace diversity.

  • Nadell

    Nope. I guess they assume we aren’t deemed ‘worthy’ to be Bachelors or Bachelorettes or appear on their tired show(s) as contestants….. I’ve never watched an episode.

    So, shows like “Flava of Love”, “The Ultimate Catch”, “I Love New York”, “Real Chance of Love” and “For the Love of Ray J” are created.

  • Demita C.

    @Jewelzz

    Precisely, Jewelzz! AMEN!!!

    So-called integration has done more to harm than to help our community. In fact, it has created more poverty, dissention and emotional pain for us. I wish we would stop beating down the doors of everyone else’s communities, especially whites, who hate us & clearly do not want anything to do with anyone not like them, and create our own so ially RESPONSIBLE shows and movies!! We are all human & we, too, would enjoy being entertained & taught by the media; Just by us and for us.

  • http://DevaDonna.blogspot.com Driadonna Roland

    @Jewelzz, @ Demita C. i appreciate your comments, and I even agree about integration being a hindrance, but it kind of misses my point.
    A show that’s marginalized to cable televison (just by virtue of the fact that many people don’t have cable) limits the exposure (not a great deal, thanks to the internet, but still there’s a barrier). It’s just like, sad to me that we aren’t seen as beautiful and desirable, and to have to banish that to BET or VH1 to an extent ensures that only WE will see it. Things on mainstream TV are called “mainstream” for a reason – so if, say, a Halle Berry or Tika Sumpter type were on those shows it just would give the majority a slice of life that they really don’t believe exists.
    Also, NBC and those stations have done shows where black men are shown with white women (THOUGH I HOPE THEY NEVER HAVE A BLACK BACHELOR)…but they never show a white man being attracted to a black woman.

  • Demita C.

    I get your point though I believe we must see ourselves as our 1st pick through confidence in our ppl before opening up to this type of forum for the world to see. Once we become our own first choices & are confident enough in ourselves to speak up against stereotypical behaviors the other race(s) encourage or demand, then by all means, we should go for it. Till then, we have enough to deal with.

    By the way, I totally feel you in the way “they” constantly encourage one gender of our race mixing with theirs but totally shunning the other side of the coin, which is becoming even more realistic in despite their efforts to skew the public otherwise. Their efforts ate very much intentional & exaggerated; if you’ve been brown w coily hair for more than a day, you know why.

  • Demita C.

    *are

  • African Mami

    Never watched, nor intending to! Urrrgh….waste of space. In other news, when is the Milk and Honey series starting?!!! Dang, it’s been a minute, or is it already up. Anybody know?

  • Alexandra

    I remember watching a show a while back, similar to the Bachelor and they had some non-White women on there. But the mother of the single man didn’t want any non-White women to be with her son, and news of this didn’t go so well. Lets just say the Black women just had to be the most vocal instead of just packing and leaving.
    I don’t watch the show, but I don’t look forward to seeing any Black/African women on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. We’ve seen this played out before anyway on other stations. Also, lets not excuse racial preferences people may have. This is very White centered show and people tend to want to be with people who like them.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Britney-Chargois/503455424 Britney Chargois

    lol seriously watch the first two episodes of any season of the bachlor they get rid of most of the diversity on the first episode . They keep one black girl , and then at the end of the second show she is totally booted off the island . Its kind of like ok we got our diversity in for the season now no one can call us racist . Me and my mom had a good laugh about it.

  • K

    uhhhh yea. No black bachelor means no black bachelorette… with the exception of (perhaps) a black suburb-raised chick.

  • http://lycos.com Bea K.

    Dear Ms./Mrs. Roland,
    I agree with you 100% and understand exactly where you’re coming from, as I DO believe that there are “intelligent and savvy” black women (and men) who could ultimately bring about a much NEEDED, and perhaps better change to these shows, everything doesn’t have to be able a ‘ghetto acting black woman’.

    I read some of these negative comments (although it is their opinions) and it kinda saddens me, because this is exactly what those who sponsor and produce these shows ‘hope and pray’ we’ll say and think, in order to keep ‘us’ off these shows. They also don’t care if we ever appear again even if it is in a positive way.

    Lastly, as someone who’s been an avid t.v. viewer for almost 45 years, and lived to see the way things have changed all the way around, especially when it comes to blacks and other minorites, I now see why the medium complexion and darker skinned latino women and men have such a hard time in the t.v. arena as well. They end up having to leave their own cities and countries because those in the t.v. industry feel they’re not good enough to be shown on t.v. as well, mainly because they’re told that ‘piel oscuros and negras’ have NOTING POSITIVE to offer the viewers, at home and world wide. Sound familiar black folks, it’s the same mess I’ve heard for so many years growing up as a black woman in America.

  • http://lycos.com Bea K.

    The name of the show was called, “Momma’s Boys” and believe it or not Alexandra, it got very high ratings, because the viewers could tell just how much that one white man, really wanted to be with that black woman but his dizzy momma wasn’t hearing it. Found out he ended up leaving the woman his momma chose for him (before the show ended) anyway.

    Personally speaking, I’d LOVE to see at least one black, latino, asian, man or woman have their due on this show, but know it won’t happen, and believe it or not these comments are proof positive as to why the Producers, Writers, etc. are happy they won’t come to pass.

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