HUGE NEWS for fans of ABC's The Bachelor: the insanely popular show is about to get its first black Bachelorette, according to various reports. The news was first broken by Reality Steve, whose predictions about the reality franchise have been overwhelmingly true. And a "source close to the situation" confirmed the reports, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Usually the show doesn't announce the next season's bachelor/bachelorette until the end of the season, but Reality Steve claims the announcement will be made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tonight!
And the next Bachelorette will be—DRUM ROLL PLEASE—Rachel Lindsay. You may know her as the gorgeous, smart and funny Texas attorney who is a current contestant on Nick Viall's season.
I was rooting for her to win Nick's heart. BUT I'd settle for her being the Bachelorette. Because it's not about me, it's about what makes her happy (and also what is entertaining to America).
Plus, it's about damn time the show cast a black lead. In the 33 combined seasons of the show, there have been a number of non-white contestants but not a single black bachelor or bachelorette. That's not very romantic if you ask me.
Sure, it's just reality TV. But reality television influences American culture to a yuuuuuge degree (just look at our president). So this is progress.
If white people can choose the person they want to marry from 25 single people trying desperately to impress them on national television, people of color should have the same opportunity. That's equality.