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By / 12.17.10

Among the 30 women who will vie for Bachelor Brad’s love on the new season of “The Bachelor” (premiering January 9th), there are teachers, marketers, nannies, waitresses, and artists. There’s a model, a Radio City Rockette, a funeral director, and — God help us — a “manscaper.” But once again, there isn’t a single woman of color. Just check out this all-star selection of white-girl names:

Alli, Ashley, Ashley, Britt, Britnee, Chantal, Cristy, Jackie, Jessica, Keltie, Kimberly, Lacey, Lindsay, Lisa, Lisa,  Madison, Marissa, Melissa, Michelle, Sarah, Sarah, Shawntel, Stacey.

It’s like a cross between a private school and a strip club.

I’m not some kind of racial crusader, but I’m just saying, if *I* were lucky enough to be the sole man on a TV show in which I got my choice of 30 single women paraded before me like sides of beef, I’d want a little variety. Fifteen percent of Americans are Hispanic (4 or 5 out of 30). Twelve percent are black (3 or 4 out of 30). Another 10 percent are Asian or “other” (3 out of 30). I’m sure 30 white girls is what the Disney executives and ABC’s white-girl audience are most comfortable with, but until “really tan” becomes an official ethnicity, what they’re comfortable with is pretty racist.

[Slideshow of contestants; U.S. Demographics]


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