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TV Rachel Lindsay says She's Ready to Leave "Bachelor" Franchise over Lack of Diversity

"The Bachelorette's" Rachel Lindsay is Ready to Leave the Franchise if Changes Aren't Made: "We Still Don't Have the Diversity This Show Needs"
by Dave Nemetz
June 8, 2020



Former "Bachelorette" star Rachel Lindsay is making headlines for declaring she’ll quit the franchise if it doesn’t address its lack of diversity — and now she’s explaining her stance.

In a blog post on her personal website on Monday, Lindsay — who vied for Nick Viall’s heart on Season 21 of "The Bachelor" before becoming the first African-American "Bachelorette" in franchise history — began by saying being on "The Bachelor" “was a fun and fulfilling experience” and that she agreed to be "The Bachelorette" because “I wanted to be a trailblazer in this franchise to diversify the lead role.



But nearly four years later, she says, “we still don’t have the diversity that this show needs, and that our audience deserves.

(TVLine has reached out to ABC for a response to Lindsay’s comments.)





She added that on "The Bachelor", “people of color become placeholders as the token person of color to add some flavor” to their seasons, and she also took herself to task for not speaking up enough.

I have not been loud enough on the deep-rooted, 18-year systemic problems in this franchise… I have come to the conclusion that if changes are not made on the inside and outside of the franchise, I will dissociate myself from it.




Lindsay calls on the franchise to “cast leads that are truly interested in dating outside of their race,” take action to rectify the lack of diversity, hire more diverse producers “to make your contestants of color feel more comfortable,” stop creating “problematic storylines” for people of color and make a statement acknowledging the franchise’s systemic racism.

To back up that last charge, Lindsay cites a number of quotes from producers and executives, including "Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss admitting that the lower ratings for Lindsay’s "Bachelorette" season “revealed something about our fans.




After pointing out that if the NFL can apologize for past mistakes, “the Bachelor franchise can most certainly follow suit,” Lindsay concluded by saying the upcoming best-of series The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!will weekly highlight the very thing that is wrong with this franchise.

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Former Bachelor producer claims the franchise avoided diversity: Women with afros or braids wouldn't be cast

In an open letter to ABC, ex-producer Jazzy Collins, who joined The Bachelor franchise with Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette season, says that the series wouldn’t look at casting men or women of color beyond “the token Black person, Asian person or Latinx person to satisfy what you believe to be the needs of the viewers.” Collins adds she didn't see any diversity changes after Lindsay's casting. “My hope was that having a racially diverse cast of gentlemen would be an important milestone that would continue into the future," she wrote. "That was not the case. Your show has white-washed for decades, inside and out. Your head of post-production is white. Your casting director is white. Your executive in charge is white. I am calling on you to select a diverse cast and production team for season 25 of The Bachelor and moving forward. Not only is it important to have a diverse cast reflect what the rest of America looks like, it’s important for the production and casting teams to be able to share the same experiences as the cast members.”
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