The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have been criticized for their lack of diversity, an issue that has led to final fours that look like they could be quadruplets at times. Now, the president of entertainment at ABC has answered the cry to bring on more people of color... with an explanation.
In 20 seasons of the former and 12 of the latter, there has only been one non-white lead, and in 2012 the show was sued for alleged racial discrimination.
At the ABC Television Critics Association panel on Thursday, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey explained why, despite the criticism, nothing will be changing any time soon. It seems we have something of a snake eating it’s own tail situation here— and the snake is also racist.
People reports that when asked about expanding the Bachelorette franchise to include more than one black guy per season, or hell, cast a POC as The Bachelorette herself, Dungey answered, “I would very much like to see some changes there...I think one of the biggest changes that we need to do is we need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning, because part of what ends up happening - as we go along - is that there just aren't as many candidates to ultimately end up in the role of the next Bachelor or Bachelorette. So that is something we really want to put some effort and energy towards.”
Hmmm... sounds like an issue that could quickly be fixed from casting, but what do I know? White people beget more white people, begetting still more white people. That’s what The Bachelorette is all about!
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