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Old 06-12-2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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ABC Casts its First Black "Bachelor"
by Kristen Chuba
June 12, 2020

Matt James is making history as ABC's first Black Bachelor. The 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder has been tapped as the season 25 lead following days of renewed pressure about the franchise's lack of diversity.

James was previously set to be a contestant on Clare Crawley's forthcoming season of "The Bachelorette" before production was shutdown in March and postponed indefinitely amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"Bachelor Nation" also knows James as the best friend, roommate and business partner to fan-favorite Tyler Cameron; the two have spent the majority of the pandemic quarantined together in Florida, along with former "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown.

Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement announcing the casting Friday.

We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in and we are proudly in service to our audience. This is just the beginning and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.
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Matt James as the first black Bachelor can't right the show's "racist history"

"It’s a positive, if long overdue, sign that the franchise is beginning to take its race problem seriously," says Laura Bradley of this morning's announcement. "But as longtime fans of the franchise well know, it’ll take more than one Black lead to make amends for this franchise’s past failures on race. That The Bachelor is only now announcing its first Black lead, amid widespread Black Lives Matter protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans by police, is ironic, given the fact that the show almost had a Black Bachelor this year. Mike Johnson, a frontrunner during Hannah Brown’s season, was a top candidate for the role—but producers snubbed him, choosing instead the shockingly uncharismatic walking train wreck Peter Weber. (Hannah Brown, ironically, has spent the past few weeks apologizing for using the N-word while singing a song on Instagram Live.) The Matt James announcement, made on Friday’s Good Morning America, comes after Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette, threatened to cut ties with the Bachelor-verse should producers fail to name a Black Bachelor for the upcoming season. She and several other candidates signed a petition calling for a Black lead in Season 25."

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