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'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Calls Out the 'Very White-Washed' Franchise: 'It's Ridiculous'

'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Calls Out the 'Very White-Washed' Franchise: 'It's Ridiculous'

Rachel Lindsay is speaking out about the lack of diversity in the Bachelor franchise.

The 35-year-old former Bachelorette, and still the only black lead since its debut in 2002, is demanding change amid protests globally against systemic racism and police brutality.

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“I can’t. I have to see some type of change. It’s ridiculous. It’s embarrassing. At this point, it’s embarrassing to be affiliated with it,” she said via an Us Weekly preview of the latest episode of AfterBuzz TV’s Bachelor A.M. With Kelsey Meyer, premiering at 3 p.m. ET.

“In 40 seasons, you’ve had one black lead. We have had 45 presidents and in 45 presidents, you have one black president. You are almost on par to say you’re more likely to become the president of the United States than you are a black lead in this franchise. That’s insane. That’s ridiculous,” she continued.

“It bothers me that certain things have happened that we just say, ‘Oh, hush hush,’ and ‘Let’s just move on past it.’ No! We need to acknowledge it, because what you’re doing is perpetuating this type of behavior, you’re continuing to.”

“I don’t know how you are a part of The Bachelor franchise and you’re watching what’s happening in our country right now and you don’t self reflect that you’ve been part of the problem. You continue to perpetuate this type of behavior when you’re putting out something that is very white-washed and doesn’t have any type of color in it and you’re not trying to be effective and change that so I think that they have to, at this point, give us a black Bachelor for season 25. You have to. I don’t know how you don’t.”

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