Young minority viewers might end up watching a show like “The Bachelor” and thinking, ‘I’m not good enough to get on this show, but I’m good enough to get on the show where I can beat somebody up and fight all day long,’ like “Basketball Wives” or “Flavor of Love,” she said.
“The Bachelor” has set the tone for how women and people of color are portrayed on every dating show — on network TV and cable, alike, said Jennifer L. Pozner, the author of site online.
And for a decade, “[ABC and creator Mike Fliess] have done everything they can to create an on-screen America that looks like the segregated South in the ’50s,” Pozner said, adding, “It’s as if [the network] is afraid they could lose advertisers by showing interracial dating.”
Calling “The Bachelor” “light and fluffy entertainment,” Bradley Jacobs, a senior editor at US Weekly, said, producers are “probably not interested in getting their hands dirty in some kind of interracial romance.”
The show has always featured a bunch of “white girls fighting over a white guy,” Jacobs said. “That’s what the viewers, I guess, expect and what the advertisers, I guess, expect. … A lot of people a still are against mixed-race marriages.”
According to data from 2008 and published in Social Science Research last year, white women who were surveyed are more likely to approve of interracial relationships for others than themselves, while white men are more likely to personally engage in such relationships.
People are increasingly becoming more accepting of interracial relationships, Samuels said. But TV doesn’t “push black-on-black love, so why would [viewers] want to see black-on-white love. It’s taken a lawsuit to make people talk about this, but I’m not perplexed.”