Rachel Lindsay, the star of “The Bachelorette” Season 13, starts her quest for worship on Monday night. But whom will she be dating? On Wednesday, ABC revealed the 31 men who will be jockeying for her roses this season ― a group host Chris Harrison described as “the most successful, most diverse, and of course, the most dramatic cast we occupy ever had on this prove.”
The bar for diversity (and successfulness) has been set fairly low by past seasons of “The Bachelorette,” which has been critiqued in the past for casting predominantly white men (and disproportionate numbers of fitness trainers) to romance its main ladies. To date Rachel, an accomplished Texas attorney with dazzling safe looks and easygoing charm, the franchise tapped a posse of more serious contenders, including several doctors and attorneys.
For those who devour more whimsical “Bachelorette” jobs, don’t worry: We spy one man whose job is listed as “Tickle Monster” and another who says his occupation is “Whaboom.” Harrison takes a stab at explaining this job, describing it as “a lifestyle… an essence.” Oookay, then.
At first glance, the cast of 31 appears to include 14 men of color ― including 11 black men ― as prospects for its first black Bachelorette. Certainly not a remarkable degree of diversity, apart from considering the franchise’s own alabaster-oriented casting proclivities.
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