Our long national nightmare — the 21st season of “The Bachelor” — is finally over. But “The Bachelorette” has just begun, and it already looks like it’s going to be one of those terrifying waking dreams that you can’t quite snap out of.
Even though it’s 2017, the franchise is proving that it has no idea how to deal with race. And Rachel Lindsay, who is making major waves as the first black Bachelorette, is already dealing with some racially charged skullduggery. When “The Bachelorette” introduced a handful of the contestants who would be vying for Lindsay’s heart, things took an awkward, supremely ignorant turn.
Some future contestant slash random dude named Dean had this to say upon meeting his maybe future wife: “I’m ready to go black, and I’m never going back.” Ex-squeeze me?
Lindsay handled it with poise and grace because she’s a professional, I guess. But according to Refinery29, Twitter wasn’t having it.
— jess (@jesscberens) March 14, 2017
@theyearofelan “Once you go black & never go back” is NOT ok. Don’t turn Rachel’s season into corny race cliches – she deserves better!
— Amy Rhyne (@adrhyne) March 14, 2017
Can we all just agree that this upcoming season is probably going to go up in flames?
I for one can’t wait.