The BACHELOR`s Juan Galavis: How Is George Zimmerman White And This Guy Isn`t?
August 08, 2013, 02:24 AM
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In Reality TV news, the Hollywood Reporter announces a major breakthrough for diversity:
ABC Names First Non-White `Bachelor` 

The next Bachelor has been revealed, and he represents a milestone for the ABC reality show. 

Host Chris Harrison announced Monday night that former Bachelorette suitor Juan Pablo Galavis will star in the next edition of ABC`s The Bachelor.

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An ABC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the fan favorite — a 32-year-old former soccer player from Venezuela now living in Miami — will become the first non-Caucasian Bachelor or Bachelorette in franchise history.

There have been a total of nine Bachelorettes; Juan Pablo is the 17th Bachelor in 18 seasons, as Brad Womack starred on the show twice. 

While the franchise has featured a handful minorities as suitors — African-American Will Reese also appeared on Desiree Hartsock`s season, which just wrapped Monday night — ABC and producer Warner Horizon TV have previously been accused of violating racial discrimination laws. 

A group of Nashville residents led by Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson brought a class-action lawsuit last year, alleging that the roles of the Bachelor and Bachelorette on the hit reality series have failed to feature non-white cast members and that civil rights law "plainly prohibits whites from refusing to contract with African Americans because of their race." 

The defendants pointed to the First Amendment as a bar against such claims. In October, a federal judge agreed and threw out the lawsuit. 

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Juan Pablo had been one of 25 men competing for Desiree`s hand during the most recent season of The Bachelorette. He is a single father to a 4-year-old girl named Camila.

A reader asks, "How is this guy non-white and George Zimmerman isn`t?"