Bachelor Nation is asking for change.
After 18 years on air and a mixed 40 seasons below its belt, the “Bachelor” franchise has cast just one black lead in Rachel Lindsay, and now, followers have created an online petition urging producers to make a change. A number of alums from the franchise have been lending their assist.
“ABC and Warner Bros. have been producing Bachelor content for 18 years. During that time they’ve cast 40 season leads, yet only one Black lead. This is unacceptable,” the petition learn. “As creators of one of the most popular and influential franchises on television, ABC and Warner Bros. have an opportunity and responsibility to feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color (“BIPOC”) relationships, families, and storylines. The franchise, and all those who represent it, should reflect and honor the racial diversity of our country–both in front of and behind the camera.”
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The petition acknowledged that illustration on-screen “is one of the most important ways our country can embrace its diversity and evolve” earlier than diving into a listing of actions requested of ABC and Warner Bros.
The listing included a name to cast a black lead for the 25th season of “The Bachelor,” to be sure that a minimum of 35 p.c of future contestants are BIPOC, to characteristic equitable screentime for BIPOC contestants and mental-health sources for such contestants and to pledge publicly to display potential contestants extra successfully to guarantee a lack of prejudice.
Moreover, the petition referred to as for the producers to rent and compensate BIPOC workers pretty, to condemn racist habits on the show and to donate to a trigger preventing racism.
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In complete, the petition featured 13 solutions for the franchise.
Season 23 contestant Nicole Lopez-Alvar tweeted in assist of the petition Monday.
“Diversifying the cast diversifies the audience, which creates a community with open doors — one that invites viewers of all backgrounds, ethnicities, & ages to experience @BachelorABC, and to even apply themselves. #BIPOCBachelor,” she wrote.
Kenneth “Diggy” Moreland, a former “Bachelorette” contestant, additionally shared a hyperlink to the petition on his Twitter, writing: “I can’t believe we have to FORCEFULLY ask them for this…”
“Singed [sic], I encourage you all to do the same,” Nick Viall, who appeared on each “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette,” tweeted, sharing the petition.
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Entertainment Tonight reported that different alums reminiscent of Lindsay, Tyler Cameron, Lauren Burnham and Seinne Fleming have signed the petition as nicely.
A rep for Warner Bros. declined to remark and reps for ABC didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.