Have you heard that ABC/the producers of the shows, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are being sued for racial discrimination? The plaintiffs, two African-American men, claim that because the shows have never featured African-American bachelors or bachelorettes in their entire 23-season run, they are discriminating against people of color. If you ask me, they have a slam dunk case. We'll see what the producers can come up with for a defense. But quite frankly, I have never watched the show because based on the premise alone -- a man gets his freak on with 20 plus women in a short period of time, in front of a million viewers and then tries to pick the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with --sounds like the stupidest and most degrading idea I've ever heard. In fact, rather than calling it, "The Bachelor," I think the show should be called The Pimp.
If someone was going to sue a network for not featuring people of color in their regular cast, I have some better suggestions on where to fight this fight. Here's a list of shows I'd like to see with more diversity in the mix.
1. Saturday Night Live. Could we please get a Black woman in the regular cast so the two Black male cast members can stop dressing in drag? And while we're at it, a Latina, Asian and/or any other woman of color would be really appreciated. Why is it that only White girls get to be funny?
2. Law & Order. I am a loyal fan, but wouldn't it be great to get a Black/Hispanic/Asian female cop on the beat? And keeping Tamara Tunie, who played the medical examiner on the show, with the dead people in the morgue, is probably the reason she quit.
3. Modern Family. Okay, so Modern Family is supposed to be so great because not only is it funny, but they have a diverse cast. Let's check that diversity. They have two gay white men, with an adopted Asian daughter. They have a Colombian mother and her son. I'm not saying this isn't progress, but nobody in the cast is really pushing any racial boundaries. I'd love to see a Black family somehow become part of the show. A neighbor, a love interest for one of the kids? Someone's boss. There are endless possibilities.
Okay, what do you guys think? Where would you put more color in prime time? And I haven't even touched the cable shows because I don't have cable. So, let me know about those shows too. I'm so listening. By the way, I'd also like to hear if you think that diversity in prime time is irrelevant in the greater scheme of things we need to be worrying about.
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