Bachelor Matt James Publicly Criticizes The Franchise’s Race Problem

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On Instagram, James said the franchise “has fallen short” following racial controversy on his season that HuffPost can report led him to reevaluate his f...

to the first Black Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, on “Extra,” the stakes became higher. As James wrote in his statement, he felt compelled to “address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming.”“As the season has progressed, it’s become clear that Matt’s presence on the show was exemplary of what so many POC face daily. He and the Black women had to take on the extra responsibility of helping ‘The Bachelor’ address issues of diversity and were often exploited,” a source close to James told HuffPost. “‘The Bachelor’ executives have failed to realize that casting a diverse set of contestants is not the same thing as creating equitable conditions and opportunities. If they want to change, that means change behind, and in front of the camera.”

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James has drawn the ire of some fans for not being more vocal about the franchise’s racism, especially in light of his obvious connection with Kirkconnell on the show. But he’s also been placed in a painful position because his journey as the first Black Bachelor has been overshadowed by controversy over the racist actions of both the woman he chose as the winner and the show’s longtime host.

James can neither bear the burden of the franchise’s ills nor the weight of saving it. “The Bachelor” has had a fraught relationship with race — and particularly Blackness — far before James’ season, and more diverse casting does not address the racism built into the structures of the show and the entertainment industry as a whole.

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He should’ve known better 🤦🏽‍♀️ All you write about is racism as if you’ve become some weird woke, racist cultists. Whoa. Spoiler alert? Black is Gold.