Well it's official...the Bachelor has (finally) cast it's first Black Bachelor. After 10 years and 16 seasons the creators of the ABC show have finally decided to have a Black man in the lead role on the show. Actually if you count the Bachelorette (upon which a Black woman has never been the lead, it's 23 seasons of this show.)
It's hard to believe that it's been 16 seasons of the Bachelor without a single Black bachelor, and honestly barely any Black people on the show period! What a disgrace. And what gets me a little upset is the statement made by the show's host Chris Harrison,
"Lamar Hurd campaigned for the role. In the end, his charm, wit and persistence won us over. We look forward to another amazing season of love and surprises."
I'm glad that Hurd held his ground and was able to 'win them over' by why the hell did he have to do that in the first place?
I think it's fair to assume that the lawsuit they have pending has a little something to do with their decision.
Two men filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville last Wednesday against the show claiming that they were given different treatment and little consideration compared to their white counterparts in search of the leading role on the show.
It's a shame that in this day and age we are still being stereotyped and pushed in a corner. I can't think of a positive reality show that allows us to shine (other than The Apprentice....help me out ladies and gents....leave some in the comments because I'm drawing a blank), I can only think of the Housewives series, Basketball Wives, Flavor Flavs show which are NOT shining examples of our people on TV.
But back to the post at hand, now that there's a Black Bachelor...how many of you would be interested in applying?
Maybe one day we'll see a LGBT Bachelor or Bachelorette.....one day!