There are, believe
it or not, some out there who really care
about these things, but since it premiered back in 2002, ABC’s long enduring
reality show, “The Bachelor,” has never had a black man as the main choice de jour.
That’s a fact
that has made many people upset, including even the hosts on ABC’s “The
View” (Whoopi Goldberg, and previous host, Sherri Sheppard). Last summer, they both criticized
their network’s lack of diversity on “The Bachelor,” saying that ABC was scared
to have a black guy on the show.
“I think maybe ABC is not as comfortable with this because they don’t
want the folks who really don’t get it at all, to get on top of them, and make it
difficult for the show to go on,” said Whoopi.
In fact, 2 African-American
men, back in the spring of 2012, filed a lawsuit against ABC and the producers
of the show, claiming that it discriminated against casting participants
of color (they tried to be on the show but were rejected). However, the case
was dismissed later that year by a U.S. district judge in Nashville, claiming
that “casting decisions by the
network and the series’ producers are protected by the First Amendment.”
But you can now say good-bye to “The Bachelor” because WeTv has just announced that they will
start airing their own version of “The Bachelor,” to be called “Match Made in Heaven,” starting on Weds, Feb. 4, and will feature the first ever black bachelor looking for love (or, more
honestly a tumble in the sack) – Philadelphia millionaire Realtor Shawn Bullard.
If the show
is a hit, would this change ABC’s minds to finally have a black contestant on
their show for the first time? Or, perhaps, more importantly, does anyone really care?
For now, one thing is for sure. How much do you want to bet that Bullard winds up picking a
white woman? I know you don’t
want to believe it, but you know it’s gonna happen.
And, by the way, are there any sisters who actually wear their own natural hair on these reality
from the show: