'The Bachelor' Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed

The lawsuit filed in April against ABC and the production companies responsible for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has been dismissed, reports Fox News Latino. The lawsuit, filed by two black men not chosen for the show, claimed that those responsible for the show discriminated against participants of color. 

At the time of the lawsuit, the first 16 seasons of The Bachelor featured white bachelors. Through seven seasons of The Bachelorette, two male Hispanic contestants were selected as winners. 

U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Traugher ruled that casting decisions by the network and producers are protected by the First Amendment. 

"Ultimately, whatever messages The Bachelor and The Bachelorette communicate or are intended to communicate — whether explicitly, implicitly, intentionally, or otherwise — the First Amendment protects the right of the producers of these shows to craft and control those messages, based on whatever considerations the producers wish to take into account," Trauger wrote.

ABC told media, "We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor."

Nathaniel Brooks and Christopher Johnson, the plaintiffs in the case, have not yet commented on the ruling.

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