‘The Bachelorette’: After Ivan Hall’s Date, Rachel Lindsay Wants Tayshia Adams to Have Conversations About Race ‘With White Men’
The Bachelorette‘s recent episode featured a rare (for the Bachelor franchise) conversation about race between lead Tayshia Adams and contestant Ivan Hall. While many fans noted — and applauded — the series for the unprecedented scene, former Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay wants more from Adams.
‘The Bachelorette’ 2020 cast members Tashia Adams and Ivan Hall discuss George Floyd
When Hall got his chance at a one-on-one date with Adams, he opened up about his younger brother, who sadly went through some “really dark times in prison.” He expanded on how those personal experiences made the protests around George Floyd’s death resonate deeply.
“That’s something that really hit home for me,” he told the Bachelorette. “You can only imagine how much wilder it could be in prison, right?” Hall explained that he learned a lot from his brother.
“No matter what George Floyd did or what my brother did. They can’t just be hurting people for no reason,” the Bachelorette contestant explained. “It made me check myself.”
When Hall asked Adams about her reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests, she started to cry. Clearly, it was an intensely emotional topic for both of them. While the TV series has listened to its critics on the issue of diversity in the past few years, this type of real, raw conversation about race and police brutality is pretty unheard of for The Bachelor or Bachelorette.
Rachel Lindsay on the unprecedented ‘Bachelorette’ Season 16 conversation
Lindsay, who was the first Black woman to become the lead on The Bachelorette, explained her reaction to the episode on the podcast Bachelor Party.
“It’s really big of him to open up and share what his family has gone through, what his brother has gone through,” she said of Hall. Lindsay was impressed with the contestant’s approach to the subject matter.
“Ivan can challenge her in a way none of these other men can, and won’t,” the Bachelorette alum continued. Hall brought so much to the table, Lindsay added, that Adams didn’t even add much to the conversation.
“All she could do was cry,” she said of Adams. In a lot of ways, Hall was the only guy on the show who could put the words together and do it in a way that would bring it home to the fans.
“They had Ivan leading this conversation because he could,” Lindsay argued on the podcast. “You need the right person to be able to basically speak to Bachelor Nation about George Floyd and do it in a way that is personal.” Hall’s “real life experiences” with the issues makes it clear to the viewers “what needs to change in our society,” she explained.
Rachel Lindsay wants Tayshia Adams to talk race with the white contestants
However, the former Bachelorette also seemed to imply that the series was doing the bare minimum of the discussion.
“… Race has to be a part of the conversation,” Lindsay shared. “It should always be, especially a lead of color or contestants of color on the show.” Especially when Adams is the Bachelorette.
“1. she’s a woman of color,” Lindsay explained. “But 2. because of the times we’re living in. It’s a failure of the show if they don’t recognize that.”
Lindsay also wasn’t over the moon that it was “2 people of color” — Hall and Adams — that had this discussion.
“I’m hoping to see Tayshia also have this conversation with white men,” she explained on Bachelor Party. Why is seeing that discussion important to Lindsay? She expanded:
Because if she’s seriously dating them and she thinks there could a future, you’ve gotta have these conversations even moreso with them to make sure you’re on the same page and you can be successful when you enter the real world, seeing how the world is in right now.
As the former Bachelorette, explaind, these kinds of conversations are becoming more important than ever.
“The world’s always been like this, but we’re just actually talking about it right now,” she shared.