'The Bachelorette' Unveils Its Most Diverse Cast Yet

Better late than never, right?
Rachel Lindsay will choose between 31 suitors during the 13th season of "The Bachelorette."
Rachel Lindsay will choose between 31 suitors during the 13th season of "The Bachelorette."
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Rachel Lindsay, the star of “The Bachelorette” Season 13, starts her quest for love on Monday night. But whom will she be dating? On Wednesday, ABC revealed the 31 men who will be jockeying for her roses this season ― a group host Chris Harrison described as “the most successful, most diverse, and of course, the most dramatic cast we have ever had on this show.”

The bar for diversity (and successfulness) has been set fairly low by past seasons of “The Bachelorette,” which has been critiqued in the past for casting predominantly white men (and disproportionate numbers of fitness trainers) to romance its leading ladies. To date Rachel, an accomplished Texas attorney with dazzling good looks and easygoing charm, the franchise tapped a posse of more serious contenders, including several doctors and attorneys.

For those who enjoy more whimsical “Bachelorette” jobs, don’t worry: We spy one man whose job is listed as “Tickle Monster” and another who says his occupation is “Whaboom.” Harrison takes a stab at explaining this job, describing it as “a lifestyle... an essence.” Oookay, then.

At first glance, the cast of 31 appears to include 14 men of color ― including 11 black men ― as prospects for its first black Bachelorette. Certainly not a remarkable degree of diversity, except considering the franchise’s own alabaster-oriented casting proclivities.

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