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"Ultimately, the judge disagreed and decided that in general, casting is protected by the First Amendment, and that means that even if the plaintiffs were right that the show was in fact outright refusing to cast people of color… its right to do that would be protected from interference.

The judge is just saying that even if these guys are entirely right that they’re being excluded based on race, they can’t win. What ABC successfully argued in this case (which could be appealed, by the way) is that it has a First Amendment right to exclude people of color as a creative decision in the process of casting shows. The judge isn’t saying it happened and ABC isn’t admitting it happened, but the judge is agreeing with ABC that even if it happened, it’s not illegal, and that’s why the case was dismissed.

By NPR’s Linda Holmes breaks down the ruling for Claybrooks v. ABC

Over the course of 23 seasons, not one time has the show’s eclectic mix ever included a Bachelor or Bachelorette who is a person of color. Each of the 23 people who have filled the role of the Bachelor and Bachelorette-despite their apparent professional diversity-have all been white.

…Not only has every Bachelor and Bachelorette in the shows’ 23-season history been white, but nearly all of the ‘suitors’ are white as well. Females of color are few and far between on The Bachelor and, to the extent the show ever does contain non-white female contestants, they tend to be eliminated early on in the show. The same is true of males of color on The Bachelorette. The result is an almost all or entirely all white group of contestants featured on the shows every week that they air.

The shows’ complete lack of people of color is no accident. As illustrated below, and upon information and belief, numerous people of color have applied to be the Bachelor or Bachelorette. These applicants were denied the same opportunity to become the next Bachelor or Bachelorette as white contestants not because they were unsuitable for the role or could not contribute to the show’s ‘eclectic mix,’ but solely because of the perceived risk that casting a Bachelor or Bachelorette who is a person of color would alienate the show’s majority-white viewership. Intentional discrimination, even if based on perceptions of customer bias, is prohibited by … the California Civil Code.

By From the complaint against ABC, “The Bachelor,” creator Mike Fleiss, and the production companies, filed by lead plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson. They allege that they applied for the lead role in “The Bachelor” but were never really considered because they are black.
Though the show’s creators allegedly attribute the lack of diversity to a lack of diverse applicants,” Claybrooks and Johnson call that “patently untrue, and a pretext for racial discrimination.”