Rachel Lindsay has been honest about her feelings about the Bachelor franchise. She threatened to leave the franchise if it doesn’t embrace diversity. Like Rachel, Bachelor Nation has called for diversity for many years.
There have been many opportunities to cast more black people and other people of color. But, the Bachelor franchise continues to cast white people. In a new interview, Rachel revealed that the Bachelor executive producer was open to “change.” But, that change hasn’t happened yet.
Bachelorette alum reveals ABC EP they were open to “change”
Rachel Lindsay sat down for an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight. She spoke with the Bachelor production team about making changes to the franchise. But. they haven’t taken her on any of her suggestions. In her interview with ET’s Lauren Zima on Tuesday, June 9, Lindsay addressed her blog post on Monday, in which she promised she would cut ties with the franchise. So far, the show hasn’t tried to embrace diversity. Lindsay wants to see a man of color on The Bachelor Season 25.
“Since the blog, no I haven’t heard from anyone,” Lindsay admitted. “In the past week, yes. I have heard from an executive producer just saying that they hear me, and they want to make changes.”
Lindsay has been the only black lead.
Lindsay is the only black lead in the Bachelor franchise’s history. The Bachelor had two Hispanic men (Juan Pablo Galavis and Peter Weber) in the lead role, but no black men. The franchise tried to diversify its cast, but it has yet to include more leads of color. Mike Johnson, Seine Fleming, and Tayshia Adams were top contenders for the leads of the Bachelor and Bachelorette, but weren’t cast.
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Lindsay says it’s important for the franchise to make these changes. In her blog post, she slammed the franchise for not acknowledging “systemic racism” and the Black Lives Matter movement. While she’s currently under contract with the franchise, she confirmed to ET that she’s considering leaving because she’s “embarrassed” to be a part of it.
“I have talked to some producers and I have said that I’ll leave if they don’t make changes,” Lindsay added. “So it’s conditional, so I’m waiting to see what changes are made. To date, they haven’t made any type of statement, which baffles me.”
The franchise explained its casting process, which they claim “it’s just about having the right person.” The attorney feels it’s time for ABC to get on the right side of history.
Rachel Lindsay calls for all ABC shows to embrace diversity
It’s not just the Bachelor franchise. Rachel Lindsay called out the network for its lack of diversity. She revealed it an interview with AfterBuzz TV. During the interview, Lindsay also addressed the global outrage following the death of George Floyd.
“It’s just all been so heavy, and I haven’t been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Lindsay said. “This is a movement that didn’t start, you know, yesterday or last week. This is a movement that started years ago as Black Lives Matter but decades ago with us just demanding our lives.”
As for The Bachelor, it’s been on the air for 15 seasons. The lawyer said she values the insights of all of the women on the show. She’s kept close contact with most of them.
What are your thoughts on what Rachel Lindsay said? Do you think the Bachelor franchise will finally change? Sound off below in the comments section.
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