‘The Bachelorette’: Why Rachel Lindsay Thinks There Won’t Be Another Black Bachelorette
Newlywed Rachel Lindsay made Bachelor Nation history when she became the 13th Bachelorette on ABC’s sprawling franchise…and the first person of color to ever fill the role.
On her season of The Bachelorette, as fans watched her relationship with and eventual engagement to now-husband Bryan Abasolo unfold, Lindsay was open about her desire to diversify the usually homogenous show.
Since then, Lindsay, who started out on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor and married Abasolo in Mexico in August, has become an even more vocal advocate for greater racial diversity within the Bachelor franchise. In particular, she pushed back against ABC’s recent selection of Peter Weber over Mike Johnson as the next Bachelor.
Lindsay doesn’t believe there will be another black Bachelorette
On Oct. 2, Us Weekly correspondent Christina Garibaldi sat down with Lindsay and Abasolo to discuss their wedding and all things Bachelor Nation. “Do you think that we’ll see another black Bachelorette?” Garibaldi asked.
“No,” Lindsay said frankly. “I mean…Look, I’m just being honest. Listen, after what happened with Mike [Johnson], I’m not hopeful at all. So that’s why I keep talking about it, because maybe it’ll start the conversation and maybe it’ll change. But no I don’t.”
Garibaldi then directed the question to Abasolo. “Do you agree?”
Lindsay’s husband concurred, adding, “I hope there is. I mean, hopefully next year, the 25th Bachelor, the 25th anniversary, they go back and choose Mike.”
The former Bachelorette doesn’t regret going on the show
Garibaldi also questioned Lindsay about her feelings about the show now, two years down the road. “Obviously you don’t regret being part of the show because it led you to Bryan,” the correspondent began, “but do you ever regret being a part of this franchise that lacks so much diversity?”
Lindsay responded with her characteristic frankness, sharing that she had agreed to become the Bachelorette for advocacy reasons in addition to personal ones: “No, I don’t regret it, because I am doing exactly what I said I would do, which was one of the main reasons I said yes. Yes, I was open to love, but I was like, ‘ooh, I don’t know if it’s actually going to happen.’ But I did it because I felt it was bigger than me, and they needed to see a person of color in this role, in front of an audience that had never seen it before, and I felt I could do it well.”
Lindsay also shared that, as the first person of color ever to serve as the Bachelorette or Bachelor, she felt an obligation to speak out about the lack of diversity on the show. “So now that I’ve done it, why would I stop talking about it? Somebody’s got to say something. I have to be representative of it because I’ve been the only one,” she elaborated.
Lindsay continued, “So I don’t regret it at all because I’m going to keep the conversation going. As I said, nobody else is really talking about it. So if I don’t, who will?”
Lindsay believes Mike Johnson should have been the 24th Bachelor
Since Johnson was turned down for The Bachelor in favor of Peter Weber, Lindsay has been one of the most outspoken Bachelor alumni to criticize the selection. “If Mike can’t get it, what’s the reason?” she wondered aloud in her Us Weekly interview.
Lindsay also pointed out that Tayshia Adams (who came in third on Colton Underwood’s season) wasn’t picked to be the next Bachelorette, while Hannah Brown was, despite coming in ninth. “Before the excuse used to be, no one is making it far enough,” Lindsay explained of the previously stated reason for the lack of diversity within Bachelor Nation.
But since Adams was third last season and still wasn’t chosen, Lindsay implied that the reason was possibly racially motivated.