Rachel Lindsay has opened up about her time with Bachelor Nation, revealing in a new article a few moments on set that were purposefully cut out to create a more compelling narrative for her to become the first black “Bachelorette”.
The Texan lawyer, who appeared on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” spoke to Vulture about the severing of ties with the franchise following several race-related scandals, including with the host Chris Harrison leaving his post after he spoke out for a competitor accused of racism.
She explained the role she knew she had to play in a predominantly white franchise.
“I couldn’t be like the Bachelorettes that had come before – someone who still lived at home with her parents, who had ‘contest queen’ on her resume,” she said. “I was a lawyer. My father was a federal judge. I had an impeccable record. I had to be a good black girl, an exceptional black girl. I had to be someone the viewer could accept. And I was a token until I made sure I wasn’t.
The 36-year-old said she was taught “at a very young age to speak out against injustices.”
“It was no different with Bachelor Nation. And I don’t think they ever saw it coming,” she said of her experience.
Lindsay was also candid about how she felt viewers of her season were deprived of seeing her have a happy ending because of the way runner-up Peter Kraus was portrayed in relation to Bryan Abasolo, whom she said. eventually chose and married in 2019. She also said it was “extremely upsetting” for her that the producers told her that she “had to ration black men” during her season as a “Bachelorette” because ‘they weren’t bringing enough men of color and wanted to keep the appearance of diversity.
In part of the interview, Lindsay revealed how the producers cut footage from her appearance on Nick Viall’s season of “The Bachelor” to prepare her to become “The Bachelorette.”
She unwrapped a moment with Vanessa Grimaldi, who Viall would ultimately select as the winner, where the two were forced to talk about their differences. According to Lindsay, Grimaldi didn’t make friends around the house as well as she did because Grimaldi loved Viall “so much that she couldn’t hear how he kissed another woman.”
When the two women sat down and talked about it, Grimaldi accused Lindsay of intimidating her. Lindsay pointed out that she knew immediately that “my darkness was exposed”.
“I knew the audience was going to think of me as an angry black woman,” she said, before describing a scene where Grimaldi claimed Lindsay ostracized her.
“I never raised my voice because I was aware of what was going on. When she started to get emotional I knew This is going to be bad. She’s crying; I’m not. I will look cold. We did not come to any kind of agreement, ”she said.
Following this discussion, Lindsay said she told the producers, “You don’t understand what it’s like to be a black woman in this house full of white people and for a white woman to cry in your face and cry. call it a bully. “
The moment ultimately never aired, which Lindsay said was just a moment when the producers were protecting her.
“Another time, I had had two cocktails and was completely lost. Astrid was holding my hair back in the bathroom. (I told her drunk, ‘You’re my only real friend.’) They could have brought cameras there. They didn’t, ”she said. “I attended the ceremony that day as Nick handed out roses, my head resting on Astrid’s shoulder. My hair was disheveled. I haven’t always been like this, but it just takes a mess. They could have taken these clips and portrayed me as a wild Jezebel. They didn’t because I would never finish in the lead, ”she explained.
Many fans of the franchise, and Lindsay in particular, shared their support for her franchise in the social media interview, noting that they “stand” by her side:
Read Lindsay’s full article on Vulture.
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