First black “Bachelor”, Matt James has been announced by ABC for its leading dating show. It was announced on Friday at Good Morning America for the casting of the show.
James is from North Caroline, 28 years old has been chosen for “The Bachelorette,” Clare Crawley’s but due to pandemic of coronavirus, it had stopped in March. As per “Good Morning America,” an organization has been founded by James in New York that creatively engages underserved areas children.
There has been pressure to show diversity on the show for years to cast a Black “Bachelor.” In the year 2012, a lawsuit has been filed on it for blocking contestants from starring roles. Though on First Amendment ground, the case got dismissed.
This Decision has made a History
In the history of 18 years only Rachel Lindsay, African American has been cast in 2017 when she was named “The Bachelorette.” Lindsay has openly criticized publicly about the show for not doing much for increasing diversity.
Relationships and wellness director at Essence, Charli Penn has said that this is what the fans of ‘Bachelor’ wanted and has asked for since long. This is not a new request and many people think that Black people do not go with ‘The Bachelor.’ But yes, they do match with it.
As per Penn, the selection of James is a positive step for the famous dating show. She had thought that if the leading man is black then it would bring new interest in the people of the same color. She said that everyone wants to participate in their favorite show. Everyone wants their loved lives and stories should reflect on the show which everyone is seeing.
James said on Friday that he was optimistic. On “Good Morning America” he said that he is going in the right direction. He does not think there is a wrong time for doing the right thing.
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James is a professional athlete and had played as a receiver at Wake Forest University before trying some of the minicamps with Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.
Tyler Cameron his business partner, as well as friend and contestant of “The Bachelorette”, had congratulated him on social media. He said that now the world will see the real person and heart you have and not just a football player. That James can change the world and he is excited for him.