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No Black Men on ‘The Bachelor’? Blame The First Amendment!

June 05, 2012 09:00 AM by Shayla Perry

Is reality TV protected by the Constitution? Who knew?! That’s the argument that lawyers for ABC are trying to make in the racial discrimination suit that was lodged against the network and their hit franchise, The Bachelor. Read on for all of the latest details on the case.

The men on The Bachelor have a constitutional right to hop into a hot tub and make out with as many women as they can. In a way, it’s kind of patriotic. Okay, maybe not.

But lawyers for ABC definitely think that the casting department has the right to choose whomever they want to appear on the show, even if it means that they’re all…well, lacking in diversity.

In court documents filed on June 1, counsel for the network argue, “Television cast decisions are protected by the First Amendment,” before stating their intent to file a motion to dismiss the case and request a change of venue from Tennessee to Los Angeles, since “virtually all of the material witnesses” are there.

According to E! News, lawyers for plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson maintain that the alleged discrimination took place in Tennessee, so the case should stay put.

The two men are hoping that this will qualify as a class-action suit, but are asking for the deadline to file the motion to be postponed.

Time to exercise your freedom of speech RTVM! Do you agree with ABC on this one? Are casting decisions protected by the First Amendment — should they be? Sound off in the Comments section below!

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