Bachelor alum Sean Lowe wants more black men on the show. He feels that the entire cast on The Bachelor should reflect present-day America. He made the confession with Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima on Monday, June 8. The former Bachelor responded to Rachel Lindsay’s criticism of the franchise.
Rachel previously said that the franchise should cast a black man as the Bachelor. Sean shares her feelings. This also comes after Sean’s wife, Catherine Giudici, reflected back on her experience with the show. She originally thought she cast to “check a box” as a Filipino woman.
Sean Lowe wants to see a black man as The Bachelor
The Bachelor alum revealed to Lauren Zima that he agrees with Rachel Lindsay. However, he doesn’t want one just black man to become the Bachelor. He wants to see several black men in the lead role. Sean revealed his feelings during his Monday interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I would say I want to see a black Bachelor,” Sean said. “But I think you would be doing that person an injustice if you just cast him as the lead for the simple fact that you want a black Bachelor.”
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Tomorrow night, my entire season is airing in a condensed 3 hour format for Bachelor G.O.A.T. Really excited to share my journey with you all. Also excited to get that 15 minutes of fame back I’ve been desperately searching for for the past seven years. No spoilers please.
But, it may not happen anytime soon. Producers choose leads from previous season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. He called for more diversity in the show’s casting.
“What they need to do is start casting more black men in The Bachelorette because [the team] picks a good Bachelor based on their merits, based on the fan reaction and so forth, and it won’t be difficult if you just continue casting black men,” Sean explained. “But unfortunately, season after season, there only seems to be one or two, maybe three [black men] cast in a group of 25.”
Season 13 of The Bachelor was the most diverse in the show’s history. It included both four black women and women of color. Seasons past barely had black women. Sean revealed that The Bachelor producers asked him what kind of women he liked. He said that he “dated people of all races.” Producers were happy to have more diversity on that season, but they didn’t follow up since.
Catherine Giudici thought she had to “check a box”
Sean Lowe is the only Bachelor to marry his final choice. His wife, Catherine Giudici, is the third woman of color to get engaged to a Bachelor. On Sunday, June 8, she revealed on Instagram that she initially thought she was on the show to “check a box” because of her Filipino ethnicity, per Cosmopolitan.
“When I was originally cast, I was very flattered but somewhat grounded by the fact that I would be one of the races that represented people of color,” Catherine wrote. “I knew that one of the reasons I was probably chosen was because I was Filipino.”
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Tomorrow, our season of The Bachelor re-airs in a condensed three hour episode. When I was originally cast, I was very flattered but somewhat grounded by the fact that I would be one of the faces that represented people of color. I knew that one of the reasons I was probably chosen was because I was Filipino. I counted myself out to be his fiancée because of what I assumed Sean liked. I thought I was there just to check a box, but I ended up with so much more. I became present with the process and as he started noticing me for who I really was, I allowed this experience to open myself up to the possibility of being fully loved and appreciated for all that I was. I ended up getting to represent a mixed race community, I found Christ (I LOVE my testimony!) and marrying the most amazing man I’ve ever known. I’d say doing this show was one of the best things that ever happened to me. ❤️ (Don’t count yourself out. You are destined to do bigger things than just check a box.)
Catherine eventually warmed up to Sean. She then realized that he was into her for her. Not only did Catherine end up with a fiancée, but she also found God. She was happy to “represent a mixed race community.” Of course, Sean and Catherine’s love story does not handle the diversity issue in one season. More work needs to be done.
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