The petition states that “ABC and Warner Bros. have produced bachelor’s content for 18 years. During that period, they managed to submit 40 advanced seasons, but only one black lead. This is unacceptable.”
“As creators of one of the most popular and influencing franchises on TV, ABC and Warner Bros have the opportunity and responsibility to showcase relationships, family, black storylines and Aborigines” and “BIPOC,” the petition said. . “The franchise, and everyone who represents it, must reflect and respect the ethnic diversity of our country – in front of and behind the camera.”
On Monday, she retweeted an invitation to support the diversity campaign launched by the writer and franchise franchise, Britt S. Vergara.
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The call for greater diversity in the ABC franchise comes as Americans demand greater racial inclusiveness amid protests across the country after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
The online petition also calls for franchisees to “hire a diversity counselor at BIPOC to participate in all parts of production, casting, and filming” and “public pledge to examine contestants more accurately to ensure those who promoted bias (for example, ability, racism, sexism, white supremacy Religious fanaticism, homophobia, transgender phobia) is not cast. “
Nicole Lopez Alvar appeared as a contestant in Season 23 of the “Bachelor” program and tweeted for her support on Monday for the campaign.
Lopez Alvar writes: “I am very grateful to @ TheRachLindsay for his leadership in this movement to end the formula that BachelorABC has used for more than a decade”. “Now, more than ever, we need to speak collectively. We’ve seen how speaking creates an actual change. So it starts. #BIPOCBachelor.”
Nick Vial, “Undergraduate” in Season 21, retweeted the campaign saying he signed it and “I encourage you all to do the same.”
The complaint is not new.
Despite adding more contestants of colors – and throwing Juan Pablo Galafis, a Latino, as “undergraduate” for the eighteenth season – many fans still believe the shows have a race problem.
“We are in 45 presidents. In 45 presidents, there was one black president,” she said. “You’re almost equal to say you’re more likely to become president of the United States than your black lead in this franchise. This is crazy. This is ridiculous.”