ABC Television has bowed to public pressure and increased its diversity. In a recent lawsuit, the network has been accused of discrimination in its selection of contestants on its popular Bachelor/Bachelorette series. Claims that the producers of the dating reality show have violated civil rights laws could certainly be alleged when one considers the absolute lack of people of color over the past 14 seasons of the show.
In a surprising move, last night’s first episode of the new episode featured a black suitor for Bachelorette Emily Maynard. The attractive blonde enjoyed a brief conversation with handsome Lerone Anu and seemed to appreciate his compliments about her strength as a single mom before dismissing him with a handful of other crushed men.
“We were thrilled we could give an opportunity to be publicly humiliated to a member of the African American community,” said ABC spokesman Skip Donovan. “Lerone played his part with great dignity and really added a sense or gritty, urban machismo. Now that these racist accusations can be put behind us, we can get back to the serious business of creating petty drama where none exists.”
ABC is rumored to be considering including a bachelorette in Season 16 who is half-Asian or according to Donovan “maybe some kind of Spanish.”