Rachel Lindsay is calling out Bachelor producers for only casting one black lead over the course of the show’s 40 seasons. She became the first black lead of any Bachelor franchise show when ABC cast her as the Bachelorette back in Season 13.
Now, she believes the show needs to cast their first black Bachelor and is willing to cut ties with the franchise if producers don’t make changes.
Rachel opened up about the show’s lack of diversity during an interview with Afterbuzz on Friday, June 5.
“You’ve cast for 40 seasons and in 40 seasons you’ve had one black lead. We are on 45 presidents and in 45 presidents there’s been one black president,” Rachel said.
“You’re almost on par to say you’re more likely to become the president of the United States than you are [to become] a black lead in this franchise. That’s insane.”
Rachel continued: “If we’re going around talking about Black Lives Matter and what’s important and how we need systemic change … well then let’s talk about systemic change when it comes to The Bachelor. We got to change some things there, too.”
“I think that they have to, at this point, give us a black Bachelor for season 25. You have to. I don’t know how you don’t.”
She added, “And it’s been asked of me, will I continue in this franchise if it continues in this way? I can’t. I have to see some type of change. It’s ridiculous. It’s embarrassing. At this point, it’s embarrassing to be affiliated with it.”
Check out Rachel’s interview with Afterbuzz below. Meanwhile, coronavirus concerns have kept Clare Crawley from filming her season. Producers hope to begin production, without the far flung locations, later this summer.
In case you are wondering: Rachel and her Bachelor, Bryan Abasolo are still a couple.
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