“The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” are all about the fantasy of finding a perfect soul mate.When only white people are represented, the show sends a signal, intentionally or not, about who in our society is attractive and lovable.ABC’s “The Bachelor” dating franchise has a relationship with race and diversity that can be summed up in a Facebook update: It’s complicated.This summer’s 12th season of “The Bachelorette” began with a half-Iranian star, Joelle “Jo Jo” Fletcher, and five non-white suitors.Producers also argue that due to the nature of the show, they have no control over how far any contestant — white or not — will go in winning the chosen star’s affections.
“We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism,” Fleiss said.
Since then, the “Bachelor” franchise has included more minorities.
Ben Higgins, the most recent Bachelor, had four non-white women (five, if you count Fletcher) on the show, one of whom, Caila Quinn, made it to the top three.
That continues a troubling pattern for a show that has all too often failed to feature non-white contestants.
Though 2014 “Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis was Venezuelan-American, there still hasn’t been an African American or Asian “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” in 32 seasons of the franchise.