Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another White Bachelor. Where's the Diversity, ABC?

Google Jake Pavelka. Go ahead.

Who's he? Well, ABC picked him to be the next Bachelor. He's a handsome enough guy, nice smile, muscular arms. He was on The Bachelorette this summer with Jillian Harris. He didn't get picked, and now he's got his own show with his own bevy of women to choose from.

The objectification of women and the microscopic successful match rate in 13 seasons of The Bachelor and 5 of The Bachelorette are actually not my beef. I have only subjected myself to 4 or so seasons of this series, so I won't comment on the content. The show also does very well for ABC, so it's worth the space it takes up on the network, which is more than I can say for Hank.

No, my complaint about The Bachelor is that ONCE AGAIN, they have chosen a straight white guy.

What about the sexy black men? The Asian men? Latinos? And while we're at it, what about the Eskimos? The ratio of unmarried men to women in Alaska is the highest in the country (114 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women). Hook an Eskimo up!

And what about the gay men? As previously blogged, gay characters are on the rise on the broadcast networks, and they are a strong presence in reality shows. I don't know about you, but I would love to see a show full of hot men sitting around a Jacuzzi. So what if they're gay? They're still hot!

You would think that after 18 go-rounds of unsuccessfully pairing up white couples, ABC would decide to do something a little different. Just for giggles, as Jeff Foxworthy would say.

No, "different" doesn't always work--I'm looking at you, The Amazing Race: Family Edition. But what did TAR do after that abomination? Go back to the original format, win a bunch more Emmys, and continue to draw millions of viewers every week. No harm done.

So my plea to you, ABC, is for the 15th edition of The Bachelor, have a very special diversity edition. Have the Bachelor be a person of color. Have him be gay. Heck, have him be both. Have the women (or men) be of all different ethnic backgrounds. It would also be nice to see people with disabilities represented. Hello, this is America. Not Aryan Nation.

And then maybe, just maybe, I will start watching again.


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