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‘Tokenism & Tropes’ – Were Black Viewers Left Disappointed In ABC’s First Black Bachelorette Finale Episode?


‘Tokenism & Tropes’ – Were Black Viewers Left Disappointed In ABC’s First Black Bachelorette Finale Episode?

The finale of ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette‘ left many viewers asking, “was Rachel playing a damsel in distress?”

If you recall, Rachel Lindsay, who became the first African-American lead in the hit franchise, chose her suitor, Bryan Abasolo, which left many  viewers disappointed during Tuesday night’s final airing.

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However, a deeper set of emotions and reactions were from African-American viewers and critics  that questioned the show’s direction and the constant glorification of interracial dating in mainstream media.

Was it really a surprise that Rachel chose someone outside her race, considering there were only 11 black men out of the 31 lineup of men in the beginning of the season?

Perhaps what became more surprising is the notion that the Texas Attorney did not find one man of color she could relate to.

One out of the last three men standing was Eric Bigger, a black man, who said Rachel made the wrong decision, but not necessarily based on ‘race.’

“I love him … but I felt bad for him. It seemed like he was a rebound,” Bigger said about Lindsay’s fiancé. “I could be wrong, but that’s what it looked like in my eyes and maybe the feelings they had for each other is different from what I see. But man, it was tough.” Biggers said in an interview.

Since the inception of Rachel’s ‘Bachelorette‘ season, race was the center of attention, despite producer’s attempts to downplay it as if it doesn’t come with challenges.

From the time contestant Dean made his cringe worthy  profession to Rachel, saying “I’m ready to go black, and I’m never going back,” to Will telling Rachel on a one-on-one date that he only “dates white women,” which left many viewers confused as to why he was on the show in the first place, the season has had its fair share of racial tension.

There was even a point on the show where contestant Demario Jackson was eventually kicked off the show by Rachel after it was discovered that Demario was still sleeping with his ex, who is white.

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The question seemed to float around during the entire season from black viewers and critics, “will the Bachelorette give ‘black love’ a fighting chance?”

It looks as though neither ABC or Rachel, who admitted in one episode that she “typically dates black men,” could uphold that preference.

However,  Rachel and ABC producers couldn’t find a balance to showcase black love and pacify it’s major white audience at the same time.

As a result, Rachel ended up choosing Bryan, a Colombian Doctor who was the only one who seemed ready to propose and give in to the soon-to-be bride’s desire to get engaged.

Socialites, what are your thoughts? Was ABC’s narrative obvious?

Check out Rachel and Bryan, who are all smiles as they put their love on full display!


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