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Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay calls for diversity and change within the ‘white-wash’ franchise

She was the only black lead actor of the Bachelor franchise in the series – since the series started in 2002.

And Rachel Lindsay spoke about how the franchise should change, because “right now it’s embarrassing to be attached to it,” she said in the Friday episode of AfterBuzz TV’s Bachelor A.M. With Kelsey Meyer.

The 35-year-old star said, “You’ve had one black line in 40 seasons. We have 45 presidents, and in 45 presidents you have one black president. ‘

Rachel Lindsay spoke about how the Bachelor franchise should change because `` right now it's embarrassing to be connected to it, '' she said in Friday's episode of AfterBuzz TV's Bachelor A.M. With Kelsey Meyer, via Us Weekly; pictured on May 21, 2017 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

Rachel Lindsay spoke about how the Bachelor franchise should change, because “ right now it’s shameful to be connected to it, ” she said in Friday’s episode of AfterBuzz TV’s Bachelor A.M. With Kelsey Meyer, via Us Weekly; pictured on May 21, 2017 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

“You are almost on par with saying that you are more likely to become president of the United States than to be a black leader in this franchise. That is crazy. That’s ridiculous, ”added Rachel.

Rachel, who is a lawyer, first appeared in the Bachelor franchise during season 21 of the Bachelor during Nick Viall’s season; she was the lead in season 13 of the Bachelorette.

The star, who is from Dallas, Texas, made history as the first African-American to be chosen by ABC as a bachelorette.

In the season finale, she chose Miami-born Bryan Abasolo and the couple married in August 2019.

She continued, “And what bothers me about the franchise is that … I’ve been almost a little bit complicit and quiet … I mean, I’ve always been very outspoken in my frustration at the need for diversity since I’ve been a captain I’ve always talked about that. ‘

Wonderful: The star said, “You’ve had one black line in 40 seasons. We have 45 presidents and in 45 presidents you have one black president; She was the only black lead actor of the Bachelor franchise in the series – since the series started in 2002

“But there are certain things that have frustrated me in the franchise,” she explained, adding, “We’re not talking about things that the participants do that are racist. And it bothers me that certain things have happened that we say, “Oh quiet, quiet, and let’s just pass by.”

Rachel said, “No, we have to acknowledge it, because what you’re doing is continuing this kind of behavior.”

She added that she saw it with full force at the Hannah [Brown] situation, the way people attacked me just because she held her accountable. That’s the kind of audience you breed. ‘

Speak out: “You’re almost on a par with saying you’re more likely to become the President of the United States than you are a black leader in this franchise. That is crazy. That’s ridiculous, ”added Rachel

Hannah sang the N word on Instagram Live last month as she tried to teach the TikTok dancer to DaBaby’s song Rockstar.

She had initially denied it and said it was “maybe” her brother Patrick, but after being constantly called by commentators, she said she didn’t think she was saying it and apologized for her language.

After the video went viral, Hannah posted an apology on her Instagram stories; fellow bachelor orums, including Rachel, Bekah Martinez, Mike Johnson, Nick Viall, Tyler Cameron and more, addressed the controversy.

Rachel slammed Hannah in and said that “we need to hold people accountable,” adding that she had contacted Hannah to talk about it.

Earlier this week, Hannah took to her Instagram Live again and said she had thought about what she had done and what she needed to do to set things straight, promising to be “ part of the solution. ”

Rachel continued in the AfterBuzz interview, “ And you breed that type of audience because the product you’re propagating for this audience, and you do it because you know it’s no secret that my season had lower ratings, they may not have been the lowest but they were at the bottom. ‘

She said that Mike Fleiss, the creator / producer / writer of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, actually spoke out about the ratings and what that meant to him and that “it says a lot about who our audience is.”

Rather than change it, she said they keep casting to ‘play in there because it’s ultimately a business’ which she said was very frustrating for her.

Candid: “But there are certain things that have frustrated me in the franchise,” she explained, adding, “We’re not talking about things that the participants do that are racist. And it bothers me that certain things have happened that we say “Oh quiet, quiet and let’s just pass by”

Rachel said when we talk about Black Lives Matter and the need for systemic change across all industries, “let’s talk about systemic change amid the Bachelor franchise. We also need to change some things there. ‘

Add: ‘And I don’t know what you look like, how you are part of the Bachelor franchise and you see what is happening in our country right now and you don’t reflect yourself that you have been part of the problem as you go on continuing this type of behavior – when you are emitting something that is very white and contains no color and you are not trying to be effective and change that. ‘

Rachel said, “So I think they should be giving us a black Bachelor for Season 25 right now. You have to, I don’t know how not to do it, and I’ve been asked to continue in this franchise if it continues. ‘

Time for change and diversity: Rachel said, “So I think they should be giving us a black bachelor for season 25 right now. You have to, I don’t know how not to do that, and I’ve been asked to continue in this franchise if it goes on like this; pictured on March 13, 2019 in NYC

‘I can not do it. I have to see some kind of change. It’s ridiculous. It is humiliating. At the moment it is embarrassing to be part of it. ‘

She said she was “frustrated” with the franchise because some things are swept under the carpet instead of being discussed.

Earlier this week, the former Bachelorette star attended a march in Miami with her husband Bryan Abasolo to protest the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police.

George was an unarmed black man murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Rachel’s entire interview on Bachelor A.M. With full Kelsey Meyer is available here.

Incredible: Earlier this week, the former Bachelorette star attended a march in Miami with husband Bryan Abasolo to protest the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police

Incredible: Earlier this week, the former Bachelorette star attended a march in Miami with husband Bryan Abasolo to protest the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police

Incredible: Earlier this week, the former Bachelorette star attended a march in Miami with husband Bryan Abasolo to protest the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police

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