Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay is both frustrated and embarrassed by the entire Bachelor Nation franchise. In fact, during a recent interview with AfterBuzz, the TV personality has made some threats. Either the franchise addresses their serious issues with diversity… Or, she will cut ties with them.
As those who active follow the franchise know… Rachel Lindsay remains the first and only black lead the ABC franchise has ever had. Given how many different seasons of various shows within the franchise there are… This is something Rachel Lindsay doesn’t find acceptable. Neither do fans.
Bachelor Nation is ‘white washed,’ according to Rachel Lindsay
Within Bachelor Nation fan groups on social media, many are discussing the need for Season 25 of The Bachelor to feature a black lead. Rachel Lindsay agrees.
“When you’re putting out something that is very white washed and doesn’t have any type of color in it and you’re not trying to be effective and change that… I think that they have to at this point, give us a black Bachelor for season 25.” Rachel adds.
The 34-year-old explains fans ask if she will continue to link herself to the Bachelor Nation franchise. She wants nothing to do with it if things do not change. “I have to see some type of change.” She demands.
“Ridiculous” is how she describes the community behind the franchise. And, “embarrassed” is how she feels about being connected to it. But, will she walk away?
The TV personality has been extremely critical of the franchise.
Rachel Lindsay takes issue with the franchise not being an accurate reflection of the real world. And, this is not a new issue. Or, a new topic of discussion for the TV personality. Back in September, she discussed it with the Associated Press.
What changes would Rachel Lindsay make for #TheBachelorette and #TheBachelor? She says she easily knows what they would be, and that she’s “not gonna be quiet” about them. The former “Bachelorette” is unsure how much longer the franchise can continue in its current state. pic.twitter.com/epMjo7GFan
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) March 3, 2020
She insisted “diversity” (or lack of it to be more specific) was the biggest issue with the franchise.
And why does Rachel Lindsay feel discussing this topic is here responsibility? Well, it is because she’s the only black lead the franchise has ever had. She feels stronger the responsibility falls on her shoulders.
You’re just now having in Bachelor in Paradise. Your same-sex relationship and they had to bring someone who wasn’t a cast member on the show in to make that happen.”
Rachel takes issue with all females on the show looking the same. And, being around the same age.
She explains: “I would have women of all ages. I mean, there has to be a cut-off point, but I’d have women of different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ethnicities.”
How did she feel when people told her she should be a contestant on The Bachelor?
Well, she shut down the conversation because “black people did not go far on the show.” At the time, it was something that made Rachel and her friends laugh. Unfortunately, it was also very true.
I’m hopeful that if enough people continue to speak out that — I’m not going to be quiet, and I’m probably the only lead that’s bold enough to speak out and say something. But I feel like it’s my responsibility. It’s part of the reason why I said yes to doing the show. Because it gave me an opportunity for the audience to see someone who has never had this position in this franchise before. That is the main reason I said yes to the show, so why am I gonna stop now?”
With the recent death of George Floyd, Rachel and fans are more vocal than ever about wanting to see more diversity in the franchise. Will things change? Or, will Rachel Lindsay walk away from the franchise for good? Share your thoughts in the comments down below.
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