‘The Bachelorette’ Contestant Dale Moss Speaks Out About the Racism He Experienced in the ‘Last 2 Months’
Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette will premiere on ABC on Oct. 13, 2020. Dale Moss is one of the contestants vying for Crawley’s heart on The Bachelorette. On social media, Moss detailed the racism he has encountered throughout his life, and he said the worst of it occurred over the past couple of months.
The franchise’s diversity issues
For years, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and fans pressured ABC and The Bachelor franchise to be more diverse. In the midst of public pressure, Matt James, who was supposed to appear on Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette, was cast as the lead of the next season of The Bachelor.
In a joint statement, the executive producers of The Bachelor acknowledged the diversity issues within the franchise, writing:
“We are excited to move forward with both Matt James as the new Bachelor and Clare Crawley as our next Bachelorette. We acknowledge our responsibility for the lack of representation of people of color on our franchise and pledge to make significant changes to address this issue moving forward. We are taking positive steps to expand diversity in our cast, in our staff, and most importantly, in the relationships that we show on television. We can and will do better to reflect the world around us and show all of its beautiful love stories.”
‘The Bachelorette’ contestant Dale Moss has experienced racism since being cast
While the franchise says it is committed to aiding diversity efforts and combatting the racism previous leads and contestants faced, Moss’ tweet reminded fans that racism is still abundant in the U.S.
“If you think racism is not a major issue in our country today you’re sleep. I’ve experienced racism, racial bias and direct abuse of power in every phase of my life with more happening in the last 2 months than I’ve experienced in years,” Moss tweeted.
On Instagram, Moss shared a photo of his tweet along with a lengthy caption.
“Lead with love. Live with purpose. This is not for pity, and this should never stop you from living your life each and every day. These are things myself & family have dealt with our entire lives. I learned at a young age that when you lead with love and have purpose in your heart ignorance and hatred become irrelevant because you are above it all,” he wrote.
Moss continued, “We can’t control the opinions of others, but we can control how we allow those opinions to affect us. This is beyond simply race. It’s human to human respect for everybody. Stay True. Stay You.”
What fans of ‘The Bachelorette’ think Dale Moss is alluding to
In his social media posts, Moss did not call out Bachelor Nation or ABC. However, fans think that the show and the show’s fans are the reason for the heightened racist actions against Moss.
“I think it probably has something to do with social media. I can’t get into spoilers here, but he’s been getting a lot of attention and that made him an easy target for racists,” speculated one Reddit user.
“His reference to the last 2 months could be about something during filming, but I think it could also be response/DMs from the ‘fanbase.’ Either way, it’s unfortunate that the culture surrounding the show encourages this,” wrote a Reddit user.