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She also felt responsible for representing an entire community on national television.Plenty of aspects of the Bachelorette’s life, at least for the months she’s on the show, are as far from realistic as you can get: she flies off to European cities at a moment’s notice, wines and dines two dozen men while dressed up in floor-length special occasion wear, and romps around a mansion all day.Receiving the First Impression Rose, which is bestowed during the first rose ceremony of every season, can greatly increase a contestant’s odds and ultimately set them on a trajectory for success. It was the first season that dealt with race head on.Rachel Lindsay, the first black woman to earn her own season of Lindsay’s season, which wrapped during a live three hour finale special on Monday, was historic for myriad reasons. It was the first season to end with a black and white couple.The ratings for Lindsay’s season were significantly lower than last season; she averaged about 5.7 million viewers per episode while last season averaged 6.7 million.I was fully prepared to skip out on this season, too, because judging by the premiere, I thought was going to be ridiculous, edging on pathetic.My heartstrings were first plucked during episode eight, “Hometown Dates.” That’s generally the episode where the Bachelorette visits her final four contestants in their hometowns, meets their family and friends, and has real “future” conversations with everyone.This season, the hometown episode took Lindsay to Baltimore, where she met the family of the only remaining black contestant, Eric Bigger.
Now that women of color had finally been given a season, I wanted to gauge how we felt about it collectively. Was that giving too much credit to a franchise that had built its visions of true love almost exclusively around white people?There is a oral and conversational tradition of being humorous, and joking around with each other, and roasting each other in a way that is so entertaining and fun to watch. These are a bunch of men that realize that they have been excluded from this narrative and are now joining in and can have a little fun and can bring a sense of humor and a sense of play that hasn’t always been there.There was a greater sense of perspective in these guys and their worldviews.When Rachel got the first impression rose on Nick’s season, I cried.I had just never seen a black woman valued like that in this kind of a setting. She’ll say things that are a part of the African American vernacular, and I’m like, “Yes, girl, I understand.” Last Monday, when she got real with her parents when they were grilling Bryan and she said, “I’m lowkey annoyed with you guys right now.” I [had] just said that the other day.
In the parody there were a whole bunch of white guys that try to “act black.” Then the one black guy was, I guess you would say, not woke. I’ve said it before in my recaps, but I think the men on this season were the most entertaining, the most fun, some of the cutest men that we’ve had.