A federal judge recently denied a lawsuit brought forward by two men claiming that ABC’s popular reality series “The Bachelor” discriminated against minority contestants. Through the show’s first 16 seasons, every “Bachelor” chosen for the show was white. However, the judge in the case ruled that the show had a First Amendment right to present whatever type of content it chose, and that therefore the plaintiff’s case was without merit, though she described their efforts as “laudable.”
In this case, I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome. While I do think it’s shameful that ABC failed to bring any kind of diversity to their show, no law requires shows to meet diversity requirements in network broadcasting. These two men seemed to be more upset at the fact that they didn’t get onto the show than any legitimate complaint about racist hiring procedures. That complaint certainly can be made, but a discrimination lawsuit isn’t the way to do it.