The Bachelor: Too White?

There's a certain sameness built into the format of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, with its revolving door of characters. One important attribute, however, has never changed: All the capital-B Bachelors and Bachelorettes have been white.

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Reality shows have generally been a positive force in promoting diversity on television, but The Bachelor and its female spinoff have been major exceptions. Gays and lesbians have not made an impact on the shows for obvious reasons, but racial and ethnic minorities have made almost no mark either. No African-American contestant has ever been chosen by a Bachelor or Bachelorette, or even come close, and the current season had no black contestants at all. Latinos have had slightly more success, with Cuban-American Mary Delgado ending up as the choice of Season Six Bachelor Byron Velvick. But year in and year out, The Bachelor and Bachelorette are among the whitest shows on network TV.