Welcome back, #BacheloretteNation (and loyal members of #FantazieSuiteNation). It’s been a couple of weeks since we last saw Nick and Vanessa making poor choices together on primetime TV.
- Side note, if Ben and Lauren B can’t make it work – I’m pretty sure Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi will be broken up by Labor Day.
- Side-Side Note, Vanessa made sure that her mug got on camera for every damn week Nick was on DWTS, so anybody who watched that hasn’t had long to mourn that televisual loss
As we gather to watch the premiere of the Bachelorette, I wanted to provide some context for folks who maybe haven’t had May 22nd circled on their calendars for the past 3 months. This season, we are following Rachel’s quest for love after making the “Final 3” with Nick Viall. This is significant on a couple of levels – let me break it down for you.
Why this season is a big deal
First and foremost, Rachel seems like an absolute catch. On top of being attractive, which is clearly table stakes on the Bachelor/Bachelorette, she is a lawyer, didn’t act like a lunatic while a contestant to get Nick’s attention and seems to have a pretty solid family. And with all that going for her, she seems like a pretty cool person. You may be asking “why is this a big deal”, but I’m going to ask you to just trust me on this one. Most Bachelor/ettes have at least one glaring flaw:
- Jojo, while a pretty good Bachelorette, wasn’t exactly a JD and has an “interesting” family (JoJo’s Mom knows how to party)
- Juan Pablo was an absolute skeeze
- Des has a brother who is downright terrifying (and she shot a video with Soulja Boy that went pretty much exactly as you would expect)
- Ben was flat out boring
- …and Rachel kinda seems normal? (at least from what we’ve seen so far)
Second, Rachel is the first black woman to ever be the Bachelorette. This is a big deal because ABC has notoriously had a diversity problem on this franchise. The Bachelor family of programs has taken many, many, many public relations hits on account of their lack of diversity. Prior to Rachel making the final 3 last season (which was predicted on the blog in week 2- LINK #humblebrag), on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, a black contestant has never lasted longer than five weeks and nearly 60% have been eliminated in the first 2 weeks. Yikes.
Please don’t mess this up, ABC
Factoring these two together, my hope is that ABC gives Rachel a fair edit, she’s shown in a positive light for who she is, and we get to see her hopefully find a good guy to bring home to Texas. We couldn’t be more excited! We’ll have a full breakdown of all the guys ahead of Monday night’s premiere and, of course, plenty of recaps and previews to keep things fun over the course of the season. We also have one more surprise to announce, so stay tuned!
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