Earlier this year Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville against The Bachelor claiming they are engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination that intentionally excludes people of color. They both claimed during an audition they were barely given a fair chance because of the color of their skin. According to their claims, the white applicants were given more time to audition during the process. Also they said after 10 years and a combined 23 seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” there hasn’t been a person of color in a central role.
They hoped for the case to set precedent because it was the first lawsuit filed against a reality show citing discrimination, but yesterday a judge threw out the lawsuit. The Tennessee judge dismissed the case citing the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech). According to TMZ, he explained that the courts could not control how television or movie producers cast a show. He cited shows such as The Cosby Show, Jersey Shore and Shahs of Sunset, as to how the 1st Amendment protects them in casting all Black, Italian or Persian casts. In a statement to TMZ, a representative for Warner Brothers stated, “We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor.”
Will there ever be a Black bachelor or bachelorette? Well thanks to the Freedom of Speech, Warner Brothers doesn’t have to worry about that little issue any more.