According to TMZ, two African American men—Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks—will be filing suit against the creators of the TV dating shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette citing racist casting practices.

After turning up at a casting for the show, Johnson and Claybrooks allege they were both taken aside and asked why they were there. The pair also claims they were left out of the normal auditioning process, and passed over simply because of their race.

The news of this lawsuit comes just weeks after many wondered if ABC was finally ready to cast its first black bachelor. Although there is no word on whether or not the show’s newest season will include a non-white lead, many began lobbying for Lamar Hurd, a Portland-based sportscaster, to be cast in the role.

TMZ reports Johnson and Claybrooks will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, and are apparently suing ABC, Next Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television, and the show’s creator Mike Fleiss.

What do you think of the lawsuit?

  • Ms. Information

    This is stupid….let ABC have their show….the smart thing would be to pitch a show like this to Centric/OWN/BET…a black owned network…so you are suing because you don’t have access to a harem of white women? Negro please.

  • iQgraphics

    ugh
    any prideful african american would disdain being included in this mess.
    if there was a line i didn’t care to cross, this would be it.
    last thing AA’s need is another vehicle that can be used against us in the trivialization of our core fundamentals and relationships.

    let the white folks have this debauchery of a show.

  • tisme

    I do believe the makers of the show have issues pretending as if white people are the only people that exist

    @Ms.Information (If) they wanted harems of white women,cause we really don’t know what they wanted, so what!Everyone is entitled to like whatever they like,even if it might be out of self hatred.The worse thing for any poor black woman out there would be for some negro to date or marry her solely out of a feeling of racial obligation.
    That has happened to some women,especially the black wives of famous older black men, and their marriages ended in divorce AFTER they had already had children.
    I don’t wish that on any woman.

  • Introverted Leo

    How will they prove it?

  • Alexandra

    I somewhat agree with Ms. Information.

    This lawsuit smells of false sense of entitlement. ABC (clearly) doesn’t have to cast Black bachelors/ettes. I do remember TVOne (?) having a dating show for Omarosa and Toccara. Even if they didn’t pitch this to a Black network, even Vh1 had three dating reality-shows featuring Black men.

  • Samantha

    I’m torn. I do watch the show and it would be nice. But I don’t want it to turn into more stereotyping of black people or worse, another entity talking about how BW are undesirable. I lean toward saying let them keep the show lily white, if they don’t want us we don’t need to be up there.

  • Mo

    There will never be a black Bachelor. It would cause too much controversy that networks who are concerned about maintaining a ratings status quo would rather not address. The fact is either The Bachelor will have many white women to chose from and there will be an uproar from certain segments about that, or he will pick a black woman and for white audiences it will have become “The Black Bachelor” and a good portion of them will lose interest. Then the black populace watching will proceed to make all sorts of judgments about this bachelor based on the skin tone, hair texture/authentcity, body shape and speaking voice of the black females who are chosen.

    In the end the only solution will be to have the most diverse selection of women EVER and then pair him with some ethnically nondescript (but black leaning) woman so as not to “upset” anyone. Yet it won’t please anyone either and they will have the lowest ratings ever and they will vow never to diversify again because when blacks are featured, ratings suffer.

    I agree we should just let it be,this aint school desegregation we are talking about here. No black person’s quality of life is diminished because they never got a chance to be on a scripted, phony television show. Either make a show geared towards a black audience (if there is thought to be some demand) or better yet, think up some new, unique quality show and put blacks in it.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I was going to comment but my comment would have been redundant since you said everything I was thinking.

  • tisme

    Isn’t ABC a public network.black men and black women don’t watch ABC?Why would ABC feel that they don’t need to have shows that show people like the people who watch their channel regularly?

    How is expecting to see black Americans on American tv a false sense of entitlement?

    Some of y’all really need to get over black men and their desire for white women.
    If that’s what they want that’s their business.It doesn’t make me look less desirable or anything else.It just mean black dude wanted a white girl.So what.

  • ERICK HILL

    This would only go on to prove that MOST white women are curious and would show their true feelings on network television. Look around people ,,,all you see is MIXED couples,,I think the MALE tv execs are the ones afraid of their women picking or being chosen ,, by a brown man. Its 2012,,, have you seen OUR president ….its time to move on.

  • iQgraphics

    i think we as a people should either chose better battles or pick a bigger weapon

  • Alexandra

    I’d rather see Blacks on more quality TV. Wanting to be on a show that clearly doesn’t even bother to mix up the cast is seeking entitlement in ‘my’ opinion. I also think reality shows in the last few years seemed to have heightened racial stereotypes. I’m sure plenty of Blacks watch ABC and it’s ‘other’ programs, but I have my doubts on Black viewership of ‘the Bachelor’.

    Not sure where you drew the assumption I was against Black men dating White women. You’re telling me something I say to Black women who are anti-interracial all the time: indeed, get over it. Agreed with your last paragraph.

  • Alexandra

    Yeah. This is not the ‘type’ of show I’d expect outrage over racial casting.

  • Dalili

    I agree with both comments.

  • Ms. Information

    My point is that Black people don’t have to run behind white people attempting to be included where they are obviously not wanted…there are enough resources and income in our community to produce our own shows.

  • Ms. Information

    Your’e right Tisme…but with the current agenda in the media against the black family, I am almost certain that it would be marketed as an interracial thing…but I agree with you, but it is funny that the “any poor black woman out there would be for some negro to date or marry her solely out of a feeling of racial obligation.” thing isn’t even relevant when speaking of the regular Bachelor.

  • janet

    “This would only go on to prove that MOST white women are curious and would show their true feelings on network television. Look around people ,,,all you see is MIXED couples,,I think the MALE tv execs are the ones afraid of their women picking or being chosen ,, by a brown man. Its 2012,,, have you seen OUR president ….its time to move on.”

    MOST white women would most certainly tune out as MOST of them would rather see a white bachelor, The target demographic of the bachelor are white women looking for WHITE MEN. If you think a black bachelor would peek the interest of white female views then you would be sorely dissapointed my friends. The only color these networks care about is the color green and they know that a handsome black bachelor IS NOT going to bring in NOWHERE NEAR the white female viewers as a handsome white bachelor.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Damn are the brothers that pressed for some vanilla trim?

    I wish blk people would file suit to have advanced math teachers in their kids schools not crap like this. It’s just some stupid reality show. God aren’t there enough of us on those stupid shows.

  • LemonNLime

    This is just pathetic and desperate. I don’t care who people date really I don’t but this is seriously so pathetic. Are they really that hard up to meet white women that they are suing? Are they that desperate to be included in a show that CLEARLY doesn’t want them that they would sue to get their way? It’s like 2 y/o throwing a tantrum.They better get hip to it. This is a TV show NOT the work place and affirmative action has NO grip on ABC and their TV programming. Hell, even if they want blacks to boycott, it probably wouldn’t make much of a difference because blacks aren’t the demographic they are playing to.

  • Jess

    erick hill and so many other black men like him are such a waste of space upon this earth

  • Jess

    they are that pressed. and i agree. if black men pushed that hard for education and economic parity,our communities would be in much better shape. instead they prefer to run up behind the very race of people who shoot them dead with impunity. what losers.

  • Introverted Leo

    You all are funny. Now that I have read the comments, I do find it is interesting how they are pushing a lawsuit to be on a damn reality dating show.

  • Velma

    Agreed.

  • S.W.

    While I agree with many of your comments, I think that we are missing the real issue which is how these men were treated during the casting audition. Being asked, “why are you here” and pulled aside for a seperate audition is unacceptable. This could have been easily rectified by allowing the men to audition like everyone else. What you do after the auction is up to you, but the way that it was reporting handled isn’t appropriate.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    So

    two bl???ck men whining about not getting to be white women’s batchelor.

    hmm!

    has a familiar ring to it.

    Oh yeh – I know where I’ve heard that kinda madness before.

    Them bl???ck women always whining bout how they aint white men’s standard of beauty.

    I was beginning to question my intolerence for all the whining about bl?ck women being excluded from white people’s definitions of beauty,

    but thanks to the “women” on this comment page, I feel vindicated for not givin a hot damn about bl?ck women gettin hurt feelings coz whitey don’t luv em.

    Good.

  • sowhat

    oh please, we all know that to black men anything short of praising them for their “mandingoness” is discriminating against them.and what were they wearing,were they dressed appropriately? might have been wearing earrings, or dropped pants…

    and before anyone comes after me ask yourself how ‘brothas’ react and respond when a black woman faces racism , “she probably had attitude” or “she was probably belligerent over some silly sh#t” or “she just mad coz all the white womenz is pretty and inshape and she fat as hell”

  • Yeahright2011

    So Racism is defined as; not getting what you want when you want it?

  • QON

    Hopefully you werent one of those black women who strong armed Vogue into featuring more black. Funny how when black women are excluded its a matter of justice. When black men are it serves them right for wanting white women. Emmit Till anyone.

  • QON

    @Jess

    Dont be a hypocrite. At this very site and others black women. Waste far more ink talking about Eurocentric standards of beauty not being on the cover of Vogue not being on the run way….but when a black man wants to be apart of a mainstream show you want to worry about the community. You guys are slave catchers.

  • akosua

    @QON. No one is denying black men the right to fight for equality and opportunity. But lets not fool ourselves here. When black women fight, we fight for equal opportunities, equal coverage and fairness in the entertainment business. We aren’t fighting to sleep with Billy. I would almost bet as Ms information state, these black men are fighting for access to women who don’t look like you.

  • arlette

    you are a strange man.

  • QofNewcastle

    @akosua

    “No one is denying black men the right to fight for equality and opportunity. But lets not fool ourselves here.”

    Of course we are. We are essentially telling these men that they should be subjected to different casting practices than the other potential contestants on the show because they are black and serves them right since there will be white women available.

    “When black women fight, we fight for equal opportunities, equal coverage and fairness in the entertainment business.”

    Really? I didnt hear black women talking about the lack of Arab women or East Asian women or Indian women or Central Asian women or Hispanic women on the cover. When was the last time you saw an Indian or Arab woman on Vogue? We have more representation than them, so NO, it isnt about equal opportunity.

    “We aren’t fighting to sleep with Billy.”

    These men are complaining about being subjected to different casting procedures. Its just you and other black women here, with a warped obsession with black men sleeping with white women, who brought up sex. Not these men.

    “I would almost bet as Ms information state, these black men are fighting for access to women who don’t look like you.”

    You guys are really sad.

  • QofNewcastle

    @tisme

    Are you not a Negro?

  • QofNewcastle

    @Socially

    The fear and anger at the possibility of black men being with white women is just too much for some of the sistas here.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @QON

    No – I really don’t think anyone cares that much about nigros who wanna date interacially – ‘cept nigros who wanna date interacially. They aint got nuttin to do with black people though – so f uck em.

    However, my attitude to the two male nigros crying about not getting to be white women’s batchelor on white people’s TV is –

    apathy rising to hostile – at dumb nigros peddling yet another non-issue.

    Exactly the same way I feel about dumb nigro-esses (not to be confused with Black Woman) whining about not being white men’s beauty queen.

  • QCastle

    @Socially

    But the comments on here are far more sinister than originally assumed. Maybe many of the black women commenting are happy that these black men were excluded. Perhaps white exclusion of black men is the only way some of the sisters feel they can keep black-men-in-line.

  • QCastle

    @Yearight 2011

    No, racism is when you have different rules for people based on their race.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @QON

    I think a little proportion is needed on this. Don’t impute to black women, the crazy (racist) ravings of online lunatics whose true identities and MOTIVES unknown to you.

    “Black” websites are heavily monitored and the content heavily influenced by the powers that be. (that includes comment content).

  • http://www.DCAfterWork.com AlesiaMichelle

    Why does it have to be about them chasing White women?
    … I don’t watch the show because I’d like to see a Black bachelor or at least a White guy who doesn’t send the Black girls home after the 2nd round…
    The Bachelor needs something to shake up its formula… I vote for a Black bachelor, maybe I’ll actually watch the show.

  • iQgraphics

    @akosua

    BILLY!!??

    HAHAHAH!!!!

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  • Yeahright2011

    Not if its based on what they’re key demographic wants. Same goes for music videos and tv shows. At least that’s the line they feed black women. So is it racist?

  • akosua

    @QofNewcastle

    “Of course we are. We are essentially telling these men that they should be subjected to different casting practices than the other potential contestants on the show because they are black and serves them right since there will be white women available.”

    Casting the bachelor & casting the participants for the bachelor are two different fruits all together. My comment and the comment I responded to again are not denying bm their right to file a discriminatory lawsuit for not casting them as a bachelor. We however were forecasting the bachelors’ choice of participants (by the way is based on the bachelors preferences and not an arbitrary selection).

    “Really? I didnt hear black women talking about the lack of Arab women or East Asian women or Indian women or Central Asian women or Hispanic women on the cover. When was the last time you saw an Indian or Arab woman on Vogue? We have more representation than them, so NO, it isnt about equal opportunity.”

    Why should we. They have mouths. We are not their spokes person. I am clearly talking black women who fought & continue to fight for equal representation of black women in entertainment and in all walks of life. That is what people do when they want to sustain themselves. And last I check, we are in the U.S. East, Arab, women etc. are not the ones who have the monopoly in entertainment. So it is moot for me to compare my visibility with theirs.

    “These men are complaining about being subjected to different casting procedures. Its just you and other black women here, with a warped obsession with black men sleeping with white women, who brought up sex. Not these men.”

    Obsession means that it is a constant thought. I don’t see me addressing a situational topic as a constant. And by the way, you did a Freudian slip here. No where in my comment did I mention white women. I stated women who don’t look like you—that is if you are black (which means non black women). So who is obsess?

    “You guys are really sad.”

    Okay. But like the courageous, beautiful Harriett Tubman spoke “if only they knew they were slaves.” You can’t expect all to be conscious.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    QON When was the last time you saw an Indian or Arab woman on Vogue?

    The last time I picked up an issue of Vogue China, Japan, Korea and Vogue India.

    Next question???

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Qon

    Are you denying that the failing of blk schools and Blk students is more important than the bachelor?

  • Tara

    With all of the black owned cable networks or networks that promote “black culture.” I just don’t understand why there hasn’t been a bachelor-like show on BET, TV One, Centric, or even OWN. Blacks have made so many strides in the entertainment world and have had so many successes, but we still don’t have any control over the production and programming of our image on television. Why are we always waiting for whites to open up their institutions to us. Can’t we create our own? You never hear about Hispanics complaining about not seeing themselves on predominately white networks. They have their own networks and programming that they control and support. Can we take a page from them please and STOP whining all the damn time??

  • CHE

    Will Kim K and all the other *reluctant accomplises*(white women) come get this righteous Black man aka- internet Ike Turner- so he can finally exhale, stop pretending he gives a damn about the community and get off of this board.Thanks.

    @Qon/eshowoman

    Fall Back Demon….all the stanning you do for black men will only get you a pat on the shoulder and IGNORED (notice they ignore you on this board even though you continually kiss their asses). Why you continue to come around women you hate and women who hold you in contempt is beyond me-but youre funny so CARRY on!

  • AfroStyling

    Here’s an idea…let them (black men)fight their own battles. Why should we care?

  • JohnTheBaptist11

    It has become a game of in itself to yell racism in a crowd and the first persons who flinch looses for there is no return on your investment when the word racism is used so do the black women really want to see black men on a show with 10 or more white women, or women in head covers so you cannot disquish their race, or black africans from the continent of africa, what are these people asking for more of the same or a total capitulation of a race for that is coming in america even farrakhan as said so!

  • worksforaliving

    Racism was a dead issue until barry took office. Do a search….. Has barry ever REALLY worked for a living? He is a Chicago thug. Here’s another question for barry and the two deadbeats that want to be on dancing with the wanna be’s…..If us “white crackers” had NOT brought the slaves over, would barry be president and oprah be the richest woman in America? Perhaps us sorry ass “bad” white people who invented cars, airplanes, computers, etc…. are not liable but are do a payment!

  • H

    Ughh you’re one of those insufferable trolls that blames Obama for everything. You know that hatred you spew only works to excite people who believe the same thing as you.

    No racism was never dead. It’s a live issue now because people like you are either racist and can’t deal with the President not being white or you’re some extreme tea partier that puts politics before country. For you, I think it’s both.

    Go back to watching Fox News sir. No I bet he’s off to troll on YouTube or post in some Birther forums.

  • H

    This in’t shocking. Shows like this are for mainstream America which is majority white, so most shows are focused on getting white audiences to tune in. I don’t think middle America is ready to see a black guy kissing on twenty white women. They may be more accepting of black men than black women, but they ain’t that accepting lol.

    Basically black people make up 13% of the population. They’re not going to do a show with all black people because white people won’t watch. They’re not going to do an interracial show because just about no one will watch. So I guess we just have to settle for our handsome black bachelor being Flavor Flav lol.

  • H

    I agree. They could have handled it much better. That was insensitive and discriminatory. I just don’t find this shocking. I mean we like to pretend that things are better and they are, but I know better than to think I would get the part of Cinderella in a play where the audience will mostly be white.

    Should darker skinned black women start suing these rappers and record labels then?

  • H

    Well. It’ll only be a matter of time before VH1 or MTV creates a show like that. I mean Chad Ochocinco had that show with 0 black women.

  • shyheim6

    Let’s be real, Yes tv one and vh1 has had shows about black men but it’s not main stream america. What I mean is, the four major networks are abc,cbs,nbc and fox. Those are the money making networks. Those are the networks where people are seen all over the world. Those are the networks that pays the most money and where people get a lot of exposure. Why do you think shows like american idol, NCIS, The Young and the Restless etc Get high ratings. Why do you think The World series, NBA Finals and the Superbowl are on those type channels. They get high ratings and Most people get to see them Without cable,direct or the dish network. Nothing against vh1 or tv one Bet etc. But to be on mainstream tv is a goal. My point is there are not enough of us on those channels and I’m not just talking about just men. I don’t care about the bachelor, yes let them have that show. I do feel that there should be a black bachelor or bachelette. I just want to see more blacks on ABC<NBC<CBS and Fox where we can really get the credit we deserve.
    Those networks are valued more.

  • SONIA SMITH

    i DONT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WHITE CRACKERS, WHO STOLE OUR INDENTITY, ARTS, AND RICHES FROM AFRICA; AND PORTRAYS US AS TRIBAL AND UNCIVILIZE. I DONTKNOW WHY YOU PEOPLE THINK WE BLACK FOLKS WANT TO LOOK LIKE YOU…WITH YOUR PALE SKIN, WHICH LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU SKIN A PIG…I NEVER WANT TO BE A WHITE PERSON…YOU GUYS ARE SO EVIL THE THINGS YOU DID TO BLACK PEOPLE…WE ARE OLY INTERESTED IN THE OPPORTUNITY WHICH IS WITHHELD FROM US BECAUSE YOU ARE IN CHARGE IN THIS COUNTRY.

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