'The Bachelor': Least of TV's Race Worries

Forget the show's racism lawsuit; these five networks should be sued for crimes against diversity.

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Yesterday, in news that exists only to give our day comedic relief, the Hollywood Reporter reported on a class-action lawsuit filed against ABC's dating-competition series, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, on the grounds of racial discrimination. Here are the two biggest claims:

The plaintiffs -- Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, both African American -- claim that they were left out of the normal audition process because of their race, after they were taken to a side room and neither was called back, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Claybrooks and Johnson call out ABC; The Bachelor production companies Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment and NZK Productions; and Executive Producer Mike Fleiss for not casting a single person of color as the featured Bachelor or Bachelorette during the show's 10-year, 23-season history.

Let us take a moment to think about the significance of this lawsuit, understanding that an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere. Good. Now, with that out of the way, let us all laugh at what has to be one of the most frivolous race-based lawsuits in the history of law.

I hope that Claybrooks or Johnson don't think they're about to get a march started in their favor over this. Everyone knows that the reason The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have been on so long is that they stick to the same formula, right down to the color of people they cast. Everyone also knows that as popular as those series are, they are the definition of junk TV.

If these guys really want to stir up some fervor over injustices on television, they should be watching more television. I see injustices everywhere on my screen, and if I had the time, the resources and the space in my heart to care enough, here are the five television-related wrongs against which I would sue on the basis of race.

HBO and the Creators of Girls
Claim: For being so white, it's practically insulting.

How does a show about four white girls living in New York City in the year 2012 actually get green-lit without someone saying, "Hey, guys, this is a really great show, but does anyone think it's odd that there are no non-white girls?" The show is hipster-white, which means manufactured whiteness.

People keep saying that Sex and the City and Entourage were the same amount of white, which is true, but those were shows about upwardly mobile, rich white people, a class in which blacks are a rare breed. Girls is a show about white women fresh out of college trying to make ends meet in the big city, something to which every woman of color who moves to New York City can relate.

Showtime
Claim: For not being smart enough to do whatever it takes to compete against HBO's Girls
by turning The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl into a television series.