Who is Lamar Hurd, and why is his name floating around “The Bachelor” at the moment? These are both worthy questions, and this is quickly turning into a story that we hope to follow for several months moving forward.
As for what makes Hurd special as a candidate to be a star on the ABC dating show, it doesn’t have much to do with the fact that he is a sportscaster based out of Portland. Instead, the headlines (and the video campaign started below) are about his race. Ever since the very beginning of the show, one of the biggest complaints about this show has been the lack of diversity, and there has never been an African-American put into the lead role. Show executive producer Mike Fleiss has said in the past that the primary reason for this is the lack of worthy minority candidates that have come forward, but it’s still sad to see season after season go by with contestants who are all pretty much white and often from similar backgrounds. One of the best exceptions to the rule was Roberto Martinez, and he ended up being engaged to Ali Fedotowsky for over a year before the two split.
Is Lamar the perfect man for the job? While we know that the show likes to cast leads from their own past — and a castoff from Emily Maynard’s “Bachelorette” season is likely going to be the favorite for that very reason — Lamar has a good bit going for him. He seems like a normal guy interested in finding love, has a job that makes him distinct that the show could play with, and also seems to be incredibly nice and charismatic (much more so than Ben Flajnik, and he was picked). Even if you completely ignore race altogether, this would be a guy that the show should be interested in — while we know it is an idealistic viewpoint, we like to think that entertainment value is more important than skin color.
Even if Lamar is not put on the show itself as the lead, we hope that Fleiss finds a place for him. Usually the only stories about “The Bachelor” casting we get involve big-name celebrities who aren’t even really interested in the show at all. Can’t we give a guy a chance to seems to be well-suited for the job and is clearly interested?
Is this the sort of guy you want to see follow up Emily Maynard on the show?