Two men who were rejected as contestants on ABC’s “The Bachelor” reality franchise are taking the show to court with a lawsuit claiming “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” keep contestants of color out of the featured roles, The Washington Post reports.
As we reported earlier today, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, both African American, are NFL hopefuls who played for Tennessee State. The Post reports that the men filed the federal lawsuit today in Nashville.
The story adds: “The two men say that after 10 years and a combined total of 23 seasons of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette,’ neither of the shows has featured a single person of color in a central role.”
Requests for comment by ABC were not immediately returned, the report notes.