Are dating shows behind the curve when it comes to inclusion?
After appearing on "The Bachelorette," Jake Pavelka handed roses out on season 14 of "The Bachelor."
April 20th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Are dating shows behind the curve when it comes to inclusion?

By Stephanie Goldberg, CNN

(CNN) - Reality programs have long featured contestants of color in their casts.

Competition shows like "Amazing Race," "The Biggest Loser" and "Dancing with the Stars" have featured diverse contestants since their inaugural seasons in 2001, 2004 and 2005, respectively.

But while African-Americans, Asians and Latinos can be seen racing around the world, losing weight and dancing the paso doble on TV, dating shows continue to be far less inclusive.

Two African-American men filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, accusing ABC as well as other companies involved with the production of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" and creator Mike Fleiss of racial discrimination.

The complaint alleges that, in 16 seasons of "The Bachelor" and seven seasons of "The Bachelorette" (the eighth season is slated to begin airing in May), the defendants have never featured "a single person of color ... in the central role." The suit also alleges that the few people of color who have been chosen to compete are often eliminated after the first few rose ceremonies.

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