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Is America Ready For A Black "Bachelor"?

by Sergio
April 9, 2012 8:54 AM
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Lamar Hurd

Are YOU ready for a black "Bachelor"? Lamar Hurd, who is a Portland, Oregon sports broadcaster, is on a mission to become the first African-American to headline the popular and long running ABC show The Bachelor.

I have to confess that I've never had any interest in watching the show, but I get the concept. Some really goodlooking, single dude is up for grabs, and a group of desperate women, back stab each other, lie, cheat, steal and do practically ANYTHING to be the one who the guy picks as his choice at the end. Not exactly a show extolling women's empowerment.

However, since the show first came on the air, the bachelor and the women have been white. Usually, from what I gather, there is, once in a while, a black woman contestant who's always eliminated from the show very early on. However the creator of the show, Mike Fleiss, recently said that it was never his intention for the show to be so white. He always wanted more diversity on the show, but things never worked out that way: "It's just that for whatever reason, they don't come forward. I wish they would."

So now Fleiss has gotten his wish with Hurd, who is campaigning to become the first black Bachelor on the show. And below you can watch his audition tape that he submitted to the show.

But let's say he was picked; would you watch the show? Seems like a really nice, personable guy. The kind of guy you would like to take home to mother. But would you or America be willing to watch a bunch of white women fighting over him? Would there be a huge drop in the ratings? Though I can imagine it becoming the No 1 MUST SEE show for brothers. (It's our wildest dream come true... HA HA)

However, one would assume that having a black guy as the main lead, the cast of women would have a greater diversity with whte, black and Hispanic women on the show for a change, to sort of "lower the temperature" if you know what I mean..

What do you say? Are we ready for a black Bachelor, or is just a dumb show you don't watch anyway, so who cares?

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  • anon | April 11, 2012 11:34 AMReply

    he'll still pick the white womn or the latino woman so who cares? wasnt there some other show with a sports guy where blk women were up in arms coz there were so few blk women picked?

  • stars | April 10, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    it's amazing how little worth Black women have standing next to a black lower the temperture only indicates that black couples are a threat to white society. Unfortunately, black men realize this so they will embrace the diversity. turn from black women, (of course the black bachelor will choose a white or hispanic girl in the end) and eat their cake too while getting a piece of the American pie.

  • Miles Ellison | April 9, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    There has already been a black Bachelor. It was called Flavor of Love.

  • Ava | April 9, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    I don't intend on watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette... can't stand the show. Wish the show would go away, already.
    In the event they ever use a Black Bachelor, it will most likely be as a last ditch effort before eventual cancellation.

  • Micah | April 10, 2012 12:45 AM


  • BONDGIRL | April 9, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    I hate The Bachelor, and would hate it more with a black man. Or a black woman as The Bachelorette. We don't have to do everything "they" do.

  • Jayson Jay | April 9, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    Don't watch, won't watch and don't care.

  • jmac | April 9, 2012 12:45 PMReply

    I never watched the bachelor shows so don't care who is on it. But 10 to 1 he ends up with a white chick.

  • gina | April 9, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    Side eye for even joking that "it's our wildest dream come true."

  • Sergio | April 9, 2012 1:47 PM

    But in your heart of hearts you know it's true...HA HA

  • Darkan | April 9, 2012 11:57 AMReply

    He'll end up picking a white chick. Anybody notice he's the only black guy in the video? SMH

  • Nadine | April 9, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    ...I honestly thing American television is trying to push the U.S. into a race war... NOW is NOT the TIME...

  • Micah | April 10, 2012 12:44 AM

    That being said, shows like this are trash anyway.

  • Micah | April 10, 2012 12:44 AM

    There is some tension in the air. This could be dicey at this time. I always knew with the first black president racial tensions would flare up. The country has a long troubled history with that and doesn't just disappear overnight. Everyone was like, "oh problem solved". I said to myself "You are about to see how unsolved the problem is.".

  • urbanauteur | April 9, 2012 9:33 AMReply

    And "dont" let em be at least, semi-conscious..;-)

  • Stand | May 28, 2012 9:37 PM

    He is a bi-racial president

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