'Bachelor' Contestant On Discrimination Lawsuit
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
April 18, 2012
The Bachelor came under fire today, as two African American football players from Nashville filed a class-action lawsuit against ABC's hit dating franchise for racial discrimination.
And the numbers don't lie. According to the formal complaint, "Never, over 10 years and a combined total of 23 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, has either show ever featured a single person of color -- whether African American, Latino, Asian, or any other minority race or ethnicity -- in the central role of the "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette." In 16 seasons of The Bachelor and 7 seasons of The Bachelorette, every person featured in the lead role on either show has been white."
But according to African American season one Bachelor contestant LaNease Adams, she felt no discrimination during her time on the hit show, where she made it all the way to the final eight.
"I never faced discrimination while I was shooting on the show," LaNease tells the Insider emphatically. "It was an amazing experience for me. Any time I had questions, any problems, I could talk to them [the producers] about anything. It felt like a family."
However, there is one particular incident when the producers asked her to specifically talk about her race.
"There was one time where I had to ask the bachelor [Alex Michel] if he had ever dated an African American person," she recalls. "Personally, that wasn't a question I would have asked someone at that time, on a date. I don't know if that's the sexiest question to bring up, and they did ask me to ask that."
Warner Horizon Television released this statement concerning the lawsuit, saying, "This complaint is baseless and without merit. In fact, we have had various participants of color throughout the series' history, and the producers have been consistently -- and publicly -- vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs. As always, we continue to seek out participants of color for both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette."
Check out the video to hear what LaNease thinks about the current class-action lawsuit against The Bachelor.