After a solid 10 seconds of silence, the three producers of ‘The Bachelor’ when asked about the show’s diversity issues responded to the reporter, “Looks like we have our answer.”
manufacturer on the Bachelor They talked about racial issues during a joint panel with producers from other top reality shows, and they literally buckled under the pressure.
Media members and everyone in attendance had to sit through about 10 seconds of awkward silence as three different producers of the show not only refused to comment, they didn’t even say a word.
It started when NPR reporter Eric Deggans asked producers Jason Ehrlich, Claire Freeland and Bennett Graebner why the former franchise lead Rachel Lindsay And matt james Criticism was expressed about the way race was talked about in the show.
Specifically, he cited Chris Harrison’s defense of a contestant’s Antebellum South photo, which ultimately led to his departure from the show during James’ season, as well as Lindsay’s long-standing criticism of the show given.
Freeland is the newest addition to the franchise, joining the show in January 2023. She said that while she could “speak to where we are right now,” the show aimed to “represent the country, not just in terms of diversity and ethnicity”, but ability and body types and where people are from in the country. are, also represent,” per Diversity,
However, Deggans was not satisfied with that response and repeated her question with a more direct focus on the show’s struggles with black contestants. hollywood reporter, This was the moment when all three producers sat in silence for about 10 seconds. It was Deggans who broke the silence, saying, “Looks like we have our answer.”
After the panel, Freeland said more about the topic, telling THR, “It’s impossible for me to comment on seasons before joining here. I can only talk about the seasons I’ve watched as part of the US franchise. “As well as our plans as we move forward. And that’s to get better in some areas that haven’t necessarily been as strong in the franchise’s past.”
he shouted The Golden Bachelor (and just-greener golden bachelorette), as well as charity lawson season of The Bachelorette, as a sign of representation and growth within the franchise. “I think you’re seeing too much representation,” he said, arguing that it remains his goal moving forward.
Many journalists were willing to believe that Freeland was not a part of the show during Lindsay and James’ season, but Graebner was. While he sat in silence with his colleagues on stage, Grabner later spoke out.
“I was there for Matt James’ season. I was there for Rachel Lindsay’s season. I was also there Michelle Youngs Season, Tayshia Adams’ season, Charity Lawson’s season,” Graebner said, referring to the three most recent Black Bachelorettes.
She admitted that she feels “it’s a huge responsibility to have conversations on camera that are difficult and challenging – conversations about race, conversations about class, conversations about gender.”
“We did it,” he argued. “Have we always done it perfectly? No. We’ve certainly made some mistakes along the way. But moving forward we’re going to do everything in our power to improve.”
In recent seasons there have been more on-camera conversations about issues of diversity and race on the show, as well as a more racially diverse cast among the men and women competing for the respective Bachelorette and Bachelorette titles.
In fact, this was before Lawson led in his own season. The BacheloretteWhile there were many conversations about race, he and Single Zach Shallcross Talked about the unique challenges they may face as a mixed-race couple.
The franchise continues with the next season The Bachelorette Scheduled for this summer, then The Golden Bachelorette in decline. Meanwhile, new episodes of the BachelorStarring Joey GraziadeiAiring every Monday at 8pm ET on ABC.
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