reginaweasley: the bachelorette

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Rachel Lindsay will reportedly be the first-ever black ‘Bachelorette’

  • Rachel Lindsay will be the first black lead of any show in The Bachelor franchise, taking the helm of the next Bachelorette season. 
  • Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter are independently reporting the news, but Bachelor blogger Reality Steve reported it first.
  • Lindsay, a lawyer who received current Bachelor Nick Viall’s first impression rose, is in the top six of the ongoing Bachelor season. 
  • She breaks a 33-season-long streak of whiteness among the leads of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Read more (2/13/17 8 PM)

‘The Bachelorette’ will finally be black. It’s about damn time.

No one mentioned the shards of glass ceiling around Rachel Lindsay as she walked out onstage during Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. She was there to help Jimmy Kimmel confirm a bit of news Bachelor blogger Reality Steve broke earlier in the day: Rachel will be the next lead of The Bachelorette.

But though they talked about a few things — notably, the awkwardness that Lindsay is still in the top four on the current season of The Bachelor, trying to win Nick Viall’s heart in an attempt we now know was futile — they didn’t mention the historic nature of Lindsay’s casting. As the first black lead of either The Bachelorette or The Bachelor, Lindsay breaks a 33-season streak of almost entirely white leads (one American-born Venezuelan, Juan Pablo Galavis, led a season of The Bachelor).

It’s about damn time the Bachelor franchise breaks that ground. Read more

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As a TV critic who keeps an eye on social issues, I’ve long been critical of ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises. They urge viewers to believe completely contrived events are somehow spontaneous. They also support an unhealthy princess fantasy in which romance is conflated with an upper-middle class wonderland filled with reality TV fame and luxury resort getaways.

So why do I find it so important that The Bachelorette is welcoming its first black woman as a star this season? The answer came as I watched Rachel Lindsay navigate what turned out to be a pretty typical Bachelorette debut episode, which aired Monday night. The show hit all the expected notes: a quick review of how she was rejected by Nick Viall in the last Bachelor season, a hasty reminder of her background as an attorney and a turn into the new life she was hoping for at the end of the Bachelorette “journey.”

But part of the show’s princess fantasy involves building up its bachelorette as an archetype of beauty: a smart, personable, all-American woman who a bevy of Abercrombie & Fitch model lookalikes would fight over.

‘The Bachelorette’ May Have A Black Star, But It’s Still Set In A White World

Photo: Paul Hebert/ABC

Okay, but let’s be real. Peter. Handsome silver fox. With cute matching gap teeth. Who likes her dog. Who isn’t uncomfortable talking about going to therapy to deal with how past relationships have affected him. Who wouldn’t force her to move and leave the job she loves. Who seems confident enough in himself – but also doesn’t walk around talking about how Rachel’s already his. Didn’t spend their first date acting like he’s already in love with her [which is a massive pet peeve of mine]. Who doesn’t eat someone’s face off as a first kiss. Peter.

I want to be on the Bachelor so I can make a cookie cutter white guy fall in love with me and then, when it gets to the final two, set off red flags everywhere. Really, I just want to be the Bachelorette so I can break the hearts of all 20 or so of the guys who all look the same. I really want to just call them all by the wrong name and make them all cower before me. I will own them. 

“Handing out roses at these damn rose ceremonies takes forever. Instead of handing out roses to the guys she wants to stay, she should hand out dead roses to the two she’s sending packing.” - my father, pretending he’s hating The Bachelorette but is making zero attempt to walk away

Culture Shock: Everything You Need To Know About ‘The Bachelorette’

One woman, 25 men. Can she find love, and come away with a ring? That’s the question that’s asked every week on American’s longest-running reality TV franchise. If you’re not already watching, here’s everything you need to know about everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure, ‘The Bachelorette’!

The first season of The Bachelorette took place in 1953, and starred a then-single Ethel Rosenberg: Lifelong fans of the show agree that the most iconic moment in Bachelorette history took place when Ethel Rosenberg chose Julius Rosenberg to be her husband. However, their romance was short-lived, as days after the season ended it was revealed that both Ethel and Julius had been using the show to transmit secret messages to the Soviets. While the two were ultimately sentenced to death, their memory remains, as each season of The Bachelorette is dedicated in their honor.

The show now picks its contestants by ramming a bulldozer through the men’s locker room of a gym, scooping up 25 people, and driving off: Casting directors start searching for contestants several months before the season premiere when they rent a bulldozer and immediately smash it straight through a wall of a randomly selected LA Fitness location. Once they’ve breached the locker room and scooped up every nude man inside, they put the bulldozer in reverse and drive off down the highway toward the Bachelor mansion, where they could meet the love of their life!

One season a stray dog got on set and ate The Bachelorette, so all the candidates married each other in her honor: In what is regarded as the show’s most emotionally charged season to date, an escaped border collie burst through the wall of a rose ceremony and ate 2010’s Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky in front of all her potential suitors. However, rather than quit the show and let Fedotowsky’s demise be forgotten, all 16 remaining contestants held a polyamorous wedding together to honor her memory. Only four have divorced from the group so far, while the rest remain happily married to each other.

In the history of The Bachelorette, five contestants have been eliminated in the final round for showing up with a backpack to “take my wife home in”: You’d think the men would learn from past contestants’ mistakes, but no! Quick tip for all future contestants—you might think women want to jump in “the wife bag,” but they almost never do.

Behind the scenes, producers insert unity stones into the wrists of all the contestants that contain activated quartz crystals to encourage group harmony: As a longstanding rule, all bachelorette contestants are required to have activated quartz implanted into their wrists throughout the season to channel both unity and strength. The metaphysical properties of activated quartz crystals allow the contestants to know a clearer understanding of their past, present, and future lives, and cannot be removed until the final rose ceremony where the stones steal their combined life force and they all die together as one. Awesome!