Bachelorette alum Marquel Martin called out the franchise. He doesn’t like their silence on the Black Lives Matter movement. The 33-year-old former Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestant took to social media to call out ABC for not supporting the nationwide protests amid George Floyd’s death.
Corporations and production companies have shown solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the Bachelor franchise has remained silent on the matter. Meanwhile, Bachelor Nation is looking for more diversity in future seasons. Some of them are demanding that The Bachelor franchise would allow more black people and people of color.
Bachelorette veteran Marquel Martin calls out ABC’s silence on nationwide protests
Per Entertainment Tonight, Marquel Martin took to Instagram on Monday, June 8 to slam The Bachelor. He called out the franchise’s silence on the BLM movement. Martin’s Instagram post included comments from his 2014 letter. During that time, The Bachelor chose Chris Soules over him. Both men competed during Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette. While Soules appeared on The Bachelor, Martin ended up on Bachelor in Paradise.
In his letter, Martin wrote he felt that “race played a large factor” in the decision not to choose him as The Bachelor. He wanted to speak out because he wants to make a “plea for change and a plea for tolerance, equality, and coexisting everywhere.”
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🚨Relevant @bacheloretteabc Throwback (please read – link in bio)🚨 Hi all – With recent events going on, I’ve been extremely troubled like many around the world. I have a lot to say, but I also have a lot to learn and that is why I usually try to make silent but actionable moves (s/o @movespodcast). Anyways, as I’ve been observing people, agencies, sports, influencers, and MYSELF, I wanted to share this really quick because I thought it necessary. It’s necessary to take action and it’s necessary to hold ourselves accountable. And that’s what I’m trying to do (peacefully and respectfully) with this post because I would be remiss if I didn’t do my part in calling out the silence of THE BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE FRANCHISE @bachelorabc @bacheloretteabc (Elan, Bennett, I love y’all, you know what it is this way✊🏾❤️) . And Make no mistake, I’m not doing this for fame or clout (I got a girl), but I’m doing this because I believe it’s the right thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I had the opportunity to be on the show. I have nothing but love for all of the producers, runners and cast members that I know (well most of you haha) but it saddens me to see that you guys seem to be silent on the current state of our nation and the outcry of equality from my people (African Americans)! I am a proud black man and as a black man who was once a cast member on your show I take offense to your silence as a franchise. Maybe some of you personally aren’t racist and support the #blacklivesmatter movement, but as a franchise I’ve yet to see it. And as I’ve said IN THE LETTER I WROTE (IN 2014!) race played a big role then, and it still does today. As Ive said 6 years ago ; “your fan base is predominantly white”, “it’s a ratings/money thing”, “you guys should have a black bachelorette first”, “your audience isnt ready for a black male lead like me yet” etc. I actually remember one of you calling me after I wrote this letter saying “why aren’t you writing about Ferguson” assuming I didn’t care. Thinking back on it all of that shit was wrong and it needs to stop. Don’t hide behind money, speak up and support us like we MATTER, because we do!!!! We watch your show, we part
Martin’s latest Instagram post reinstated his former comments. He revealed that he’s “troubled” by current events and feel that it’s “necessary to take action and necessary to hold ourselves accountable.” As a reference to his 2014 letter, Martin said that “race played a big role then, and it still does today.”
The former reality star asked the franchise to stop thinking about money and to “speak up and support us like we MATTER, because we do!!!!” Martin ended his letter by asking the Bachelor franchise to contact him if they have “an issue” with him.
Rachel Lindsay is done with The Bachelor franchise
The franchise only had one black lead, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. Meanwhile, an online petition has gone viral on social media, per E! News. Bachelor Nation signed and supported the petition, which asks the franchise to cast a black lead for The Bachelor Season 25. Fans remember when producers chose Peter Weber over Michael Johnson and they weren’t happy.
Not only that, but the entire Bachelor franchise needs to have a more diverse group of people. It should not only include black people but other people of color as well.
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I’ve never been short of an opinion but these days I feel compelled to use my voice in every way I can for justice. I can’t sit still and I can’t be silent. Many of you have asked me questions about why are people so angry and what can we do? I’ve tried my best to answer some of those questions on my #honestlyrach blog. Check it out now (LINK IN BIO)
During this time, ABC and Warner Bros. have not commented on the matter. As of Tuesday, June 9, The Bachelor’s social media accounts only have posted about the show. In a prior blog post, Lindsay said she wouldn’t return to the franchise if it doesn’t fix its ongoing issues with diversity.
The Bachelorette Season 16 is expected to star Clare Crawley, but production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.