ABC Casts Its First Ever African-American 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay
After being criticized in the past for lacking diversity among it’s contestants, ABC networks The Bachelorette has just announced their first ever African American contestant for the upcoming thirteenth season. The new bachelorette is Rachel Lindsay, who was just recently featured on the sister show The Bachelor, making it to the final four ladies before being eliminated. Production of the new season will go into effect soon after The Bachelor season finale.
The show that beckons the idea of finding one’s true love has been a reality television staple for the last few years, with ratings continuing to soar. There has been some criticism in the past of the show’s lack of diversity, and maintaining a predominantly Caucasian cast. There have even been suits filed in the past by two African American men who had auditioned for The Bachelor. Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson expressed how they felt discriminated against for the color of their skin and for being rushed through their auditions; eventually leading them to being excluded from the production all together.
The diversity issue has made it’s way to primetime drama spectacle as well with Lifetime’s acclaimed show Unreal (which mocks the idea of dating shows and the production that goes on behind the scenes) with African American actor B.J. Britt staring as the bacheloresque contestant on the show within a show. We hope you get to find love during your time on the show Rachel! And let’s all hope that this step taken will open up more opportunities for diversity to be acknowledged on not just this platform, but all entertainment platforms as well.