BACHELORETTE Rachel Lindsay accused the franchise’s producers of intentionally “casting Black men who don’t date Black women” on her season.
She claimed that she broke down as she thought just how unfair the treatment of POC bachelorettes and contestants was.
Rachel Lindsay claimed that producers purposefully chose Black men who didn’t date Black women for her seasonCredit: Getty
Rachel said she thought the choice of men in her season were a jokeCredit: Getty
In an interview with model Ziwe Fumudoh, Rachel Lindsay opened up about the lack of diversity on the Bachelor’s two franchises.
Ziwe first pointed out how it was interesting that the three black leads on the show – Rachel, Matt James, and Tayshia Adams – have chosen white contestants in the end.
To that Rachel said: “It’s something I was worried about before I went on the show.
“I think I got a little bit more grace because I was the first and people were just excited that a person of color was in this role.”
She claimed she broke downCredit: Getty
She ended her season with Bryan BosoloCredit: Getty
And as for her season, the attorney claimed she was left in tears at one point due to the race issues on the show.
“There was a point where I broke down on camera, and they used my tears for something else, but I was getting upset at the selection of men of color,” she said.
She claimed that some of the black men in her season “didn’t date Black women” and they were chosen to compete for her heart because producers “found it interesting.”
“I said, ‘You think that’s interesting? That’s my life. I live that,'” Lindsay said.
Tayshia Adams also ended with a white manCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Matt James ended with Rachael KirkconnellCredit: ABC
A few months back, The Sun uncovered pictures of Rachael K. attending an antebellum party a few years back, where she was dressed in costume and everything.
Her insensitive past caused plenty of backlash for the contestant and it even cost her relationship with Matt, who had given her the final rose last season.
Following the incident, Chris went on Extra where he was interview by Rachel over the pictures.
Surprisingly, the host defended Rachael’s racist past and told the former Bachelorette: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.
Rachel and Chris Harrison have been feuding after he defended racismCredit: Getty
“Because I’ve seen some stuff online… again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.
“And diving into…her parents voting record…it’s unbelievably alarming to watch this!
“I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet, and until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say [anything]?”
His comments got him plenty of backlash and a feud started between Rachel and Chris.
Chris later issued a statement saying he would be “stepping aside for a period of time.”
“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” the statement read.
He added: “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
Chris was fired from The BachelorCredit: Getty
He was then fired as the host of The Bachelor and Bachelorette.
Since then, Rachel has been open about the experiences she had as The Bachelorette and even claimed that staff, who are also people of color, quit the show after the scandal.
The reality TV star said: “Anybody that’s standing up for change, I don’t understand how you could be a part of this current season.
“As we have seen in this current episode, there is still so much work to be done. I don’t want my name to be affiliated. I have heard that there are several people of color who have removed themselves from the show, that were a part of casting for this current season.”
She added that the controversy with Chris and Rachael K is not over, saying: “All people of color were affected by the very words that he said. Yes, he’s apologized. Yes, I accepted it, but still, we didn’t forget what was done of a person who has been with the franchise from the beginning.
“So, of course, people don’t want to be a part of it – people who don’t feel included don’t want to be a part of it.”
Rachel claimed that many of the crew mates who were POC also quitCredit: Getty
Rachel also spoke out about how production edited the latest episodes to present Matt James’ father in a stereotypical light.
“If the Bachelor franchise has shown us anything is that they don’t know to protect people of color, they only know how to exploit them. They only know how to mishandle situations when they come to race,” she shared.
“This conversation may have been necessary for Matt. Maybe Matt did need this, but this was a conversation that should have been just for Matt, but for the rest of the world to see it shows that you don’t care about your contestants – specifically the ones of color.
“The fact that you were so willing to throw him under the bus and exploit him for stereotypes within the community for what you would call ‘good TV.'”
Sadly, Rachel speaking out also got her plenty of hate from die-hard Bachelor fans who slammed her for disrupting the show.