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Matt James, first black bachelor, shows missed opportunity to tackle race – Deadline

Matt James, who made history last year as the first black (male) lead in one of the biggest TV shows, The Bachelor, has had more than a year to reflect on the experience and now says he sees the full magnitude of the missed opportunity. Given the historic nature of his role, James says he expected the show’s producers to use the conversations he had about race and other issues with the contestants and then-host Chris Harrison to shed light on the issues facing the country. in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. But when he saw the show after it was edited, those discussions and even the reality of his own performance were snowed under by the show’s light-hearted fare.

“There was nothing to frame — my background, who I was or why I’m here,” James recently told the Los Angeles Times. “The show was immediately about seeing these women doing crazy things. It was very frustrating to watch.”

The Bachelor education franchise had long been criticized for its lack of diversity, and with the George Floyd protests gaining momentum, the show’s executive producers issued a statement last June about the franchise’s history of poor representation. They promised to do better.

We recognize our responsibility for the lack of representation of people of color in our franchise and promise to make significant changes to address this issue in the future. We are taking positive steps to expand the diversity in our cast, in our staff and especially in the relationships we show on television. We can and will do better to reflect the world around us and show all its beautiful love stories.

The feeling of that last sentence seems to have stuck with James.

“Maybe I would have told that story if the franchise had made a more concerted effort to participate in that conversation when it was at its peak,” James said. “That opportunity was lost because everyone was scared and on their hands. I get it, but that’s the kind of thing that happens when you bring people of color into your space. If they are not willing to have that conversation, they should strongly consider not going there in the first place. There are things about being black that people who are not black can never understand. It’s too much for them to handle. But it’s my life.”

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