The Bachelor Wouldn’t Cast Women With Afros, Braids, or Locs, According to a Former Producer

The bachelor recently made history by starring Matt James as his first black male lead, but the ABC dating show still has a long way to go in terms of diversity in front and behind the camera.
On June 13, former undergraduate casting producer Jazzy Collins published an open letter to ABC, describing the lack of interest in casting men and women with a color that was about “the black person, the Asian person, or the Latinx person goes out to satisfy what you consider the viewer's needs. "
According to Collins, applicants who were "too black" would not be considered for casting during their time in the franchise. "Women with afros, braids, locomotives, etc .; They weren't even given a chance because of the white beauty standards, ”she said, noting that only“ ethnically ambiguous ”colored people were selected.
Collins says she was made to cast the first Black Bachelorette season, Rachel Lindsay, and was "excited to be an integral part of the show's history." After Lindsay's season, however, Collins said she hadn't noticed any significant change in the status quo. “I hoped that a racially diverse line-up of men would be an important milestone for the future. That was not the case, ”Collins wrote in her letter.
“Your show has been whitewashed inside and out for decades. Your post production manager is white. Your casting director is white. Your executive manager is white, ”continued Collins.
Ultimately, Collins would like to see a change that goes beyond the occupation of James as a bachelor. "I urge you to select and advance a diverse cast and production team for Season 25 of The Bachelor," she wrote. "Not only is it important that a diverse cast reflect what the rest of America looks like, it is also important that the production and casting teams share the same experience as the cast members."
You can read her full explanation on Instagram below:
Former bachelorette Rachel Lindsay also shared her concerns after James' casting announcement. "Congratulations to Matt James. I am glad to see that after 18 years and 40 seasons a black man has been occupied. I think it's a step in the right direction, "Lindsay wrote on Twitter on Friday June 12th." I don't want to point out that given the current climate, it's like a knee-jerk reaction and a result of feels social pressure. This announcement, with no further diversity commitments, sweeps deeper questions under the carpet.
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I don't want to point out that given the current climate, it feels like a jerky reaction and a result of social pressures. This announcement, with no further diversity commitments, sweeps deeper questions under the carpet.
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"Until we see measures to combat systemic racism within the franchise, today's casting news is in line with the trend of posting a black box on your social media account without taking further steps to dismantle the systems of injustice" Lindsay added. "I look forward to hearing more about the additional efforts the franchise is planning to change."
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Until we see measures to combat systemic racism within the franchise, today's casting news is in line with the trend of posting a black box on your social media account without taking any other steps to dismantle the systems of injustice.
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I look forward to hearing more about the additional efforts the franchise is planning to change.
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When glamor reached for a comment, ABC Publicity referred us to this statement from ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke, released on Friday June 12 after Matt James' casting became official: "Matt has been on our radar since February When the producers came up to him to switch to Bachelor Nation as part of Clare's season, when the filming couldn't go ahead as planned, we had time to meet Matt and everyone agreed that he was a perfect bachelor We know it is our responsibility to ensure that the love stories we see on the screen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proud to serve our audience. This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action on diversity. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first black bachelor and we can't wait to see it Trip to compete with him. "
The executive producers of The Bachelor also released a statement on Friday June 12th. "We are excited to advance both Matt James as a new bachelor and Clare Crawley as our next bachelorette," they wrote. “We recognize our responsibility for the lack of representation of colored people in our franchise and are committed to making significant changes to address this issue in the future. We are taking positive steps to expand the diversity in our line-up, in our employees and, above all, in the relationships that we show on television. We can and will do better to reflect on the world around us and show all of her beautiful love stories. "
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