The Bachelor franchise recently announced Matt James as the first Black American Bachelor in the show’s history.
After 40 seasons of the Bachelor/Bachelorette, this is the first time there
is a black male lead on the show. James’ season of “The Bachelor” is scheduled to air in 2021, and is currently filming at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.
There have been problems with diversity in the Bachelor franchise as there has also only been one black bachelorette casted, Rachel Lindsay. Over the years, Lindsay has voiced concern about a lack of diversity.
“I knew that I wanted to be a trailblazer in this franchise to diversify the lead role, to diversify the contestants trying out and cast for the show, and to diversify the audience watching this show,” said Lindsay.
“It is a big step forward for a show that has been critiqued for its lack of diversity,” said Sandy Cohn, host on Good Morning America.
James echoes Cohn’s belief and feels that “It is a step in the right direction to have a black lead such as myself. It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” he said. “We can’t have change until we put the first foot forward and for the Bachelor; it is to have a black lead.”