Is The Bachelor Finally Ready To Acknowledge Its Racist Undertones?
Bachelor Finally Ready To Acknowledge Its Racist Undertones?
Accusations of racism and The Bachelor go together like a confused hunk and a pile of roses in need of distribution. The Bachelor Nation flagship series has never had a lead of color save for the white-passing Juan Pablo Galavis (who ended up being the villain of his own season).
Last year’s Arie Luyendyk Jr.-lead outing dipped into the most eye roll worthy of spicy Latina stereotypes with its depiction of fan-favorite Bibiana Julian.
Even Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay has accused producers of denying her the pure fairytale romance of her fairer-complected predecessors in favor of an Angry Black Woman narrative.
Racism is a tiresome specter that haunts the The Bachelor(ette), and it can sometimes turn especially dark (see: the DeMario Jackson-Corinne Olympios Bachelor In Paradise scandal).
But, the premiere of The Bachelor season 23 suggests the sprawling reality TV franchise might finally be ready to step away from its most racist habits. Just look at how the premiere treats breakout contestant Onyeka Ehie and her fellow women of color.