The petition states that “ABC and Warner Bros. have been producing products for bachelors for 18 years. During that time, they have inserted 40 seasonal clues, but only one advantage of Black. That is unacceptable.”
“As creators of one of the most popular and influential franchises on television, ABC and Warner Bros. have the opportunity and responsibility to portray the relationships of blacks, natives, people of color (” BIPOC “), families and stories,” reads the petition, “The franchise and all those who The representations should reflect and honor the racial diversity of our country – both in front of and behind the camera. “
On Monday, she rewrote a call to support a diversity campaign launched by writer and franchise superfan Brett S. Vergara.
CNN contacted ABC and Warner Bros. Warner Bros. is owned by WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company.
The call for greater diversity in the ABC franchise comes as Americans demand greater racial inclusion following protests across the country following the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody in Minneapolis.
The online petition also calls on the franchise to “hire a BIPOC diversity consultant to be involved in all parts of film production, casting and filming” and “publicly advocate for contestants to thoroughly review items that promote prejudice (e.g., Abilities, Racism) , sexism, white supremacy, religious intolerance, homophobia, transphobia) are not thrown away. “
Nicole Lopez-Alvar appeared as a contestant in season 23 in The Bachelor and tweeted her support for the campaign on Monday.
“I am so grateful to @TheRachLindsay for launching this movement to end a formula that @BachelorABC has been using for more than a decade,” Lopez-Alvar wrote. “Now, more than ever before, we need to talk collectively. We’ve seen how pronunciation creates real change. That’s how it starts. #BIPOCBachelor.”
Nick Viall, “Bachelor,” season 21, re-launched the campaign, saying he had also signed “I urge you all to do the same.”
The appeal is not new.
Despite the addition of more color contestants – and the casting of Juan Pablo Galavis, who is Latino, as the premier league of season 18, many fans still think the shows have a problem with the race.
“We are 45 presidents. And in 45 presidents there was one black president,” she said. “You’re almost at the level of saying you’re more likely to become president of the United States than you’re a black person in this franchise. That’s crazy. That’s ridiculous.”