Why Rachel Lindsay Says ABC Casting Matt James on 'The Bachelor' Is 'Equivalent to Posting a Black Box'

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By ELLE
In a series of tweets on Friday, Rachel Lindsay, the lead actress of season 13 of The Bachelorette, shared her feelings about the decision of the bachelor franchise to cast Matt James as the lead actress for season 25. After congratulating 28-year-old James, who will be the first Black Bachelor, added that "today's casting news is in line with the trend of posting a black box on your social media account without others Steps are being taken to dismantle the systems of injustice. "
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Here were her complete thoughts: "Congratulations to Matt James. I'm 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. I wouldn't recommend it Noting Based on the current climate, it feels like a knee-jerk reaction and a result of social pressures. This announcement, with no further commitments to diversity, sweeps deep issues under the carpet until we take action to combat it Systemic racism within the US is seeing franchises, today's casting news is tending to put a black box on your social media account without taking further steps to dismantle the systems of injustice. I look forward to more to learn about the additional efforts the franchise is planning to make to change. ""
Rachel Lindsay

@ TheRachLindsay
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.
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After Lindsay became the first black Bachelorette in 2017, she spoke about the lack of diversity in the franchise. When ABC announced that Peter Weber would be the Bachelor instead of Mike Johnson in season 24, Lindsay told Insider that this reflected a major problem within the network.
"The problem is the current system," she said. "I think Peter seems to be a very nice guy. He seems lovable. It's absolutely nothing against him, but how many Peters have we seen? What season are we in? 24. So we saw 24 Peters. I'm bored. "

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