This thread is for posting news and opinions about the upcoming season with Matt James.
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Get ready ladies, Matt James is looking for love!
The Bachelor announced James, 28, as its next leading man, making him the franchise's first-ever black male lead. Rachel Lindsay made history as the first black female lead of the ABC franchise for season 13 of The Bachelorette in 2017.
On Friday morning, Good Morning America announced James' new history-making role with a statement from ABC saying they are "privileged to have Matt" as the first black Bachelor.
"We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience," the statement read. "This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”
I still think Mike would've been a better choice than Colton or whoever they chose that year.
I just never cared for Mike. He was one of the bullies that season who picked on Luke. I know, the guys just didn't like Luke, and the show edited it so that the public wouldn't like him either, but the other guys were just rude to him, and it seemed to be out of jealousy because old what's-her-name seemed to have a soft spot for him and they didn't like that. To me those guys came off as bullies, and Mike was one of the instigators. That left a bad feeling toward him for me. I wouldn't have wanted him as Bachelor.
Maybe he's a great guy outside of the show, but first impressions die hard for me.
There's always another option. You just have to find it.
I heard that Rachel said she was told by the show there was "something" else that eliminated Mike from contention. I liked Eric from a few seasons past, better, and thought he could've been a great lead. Too bad the guy they'll show on Kaitlyn's season this Monday was such a jerk to her and eliminated himself, because he was very nice looking! Or what about Wills? There have been options, that's for sure.
Matt is so cute, and being friends with Tyler gives him the link to the Bachelor world, since he's not going to be on Clare's season anymore. (Is her season still on deck?) I love how he has done a lot of charity work, trying to do good in the world. To me, they likely put him on Clare's season because they wanted him to be the next Bachelor, and wanted to see how fans took to him. But now, they're just going for it. I don't think it was a sudden decision because of the current BLM movement, but has been coming because of the pressure they're getting; ever since Rachel was B'ette, they've been asked about a black Bachelor. Months ago, Tyler was pumping Matt up to be picked!
Of course, I was reading some controversy to the choice too, since he's biracial. He's "part" black, so some are upset he's not a black man, just like he's not a white man. People were going round and round about it, but I don't care - he's a POC and is darn good looking! I'm looking forward to watching him.
No one is ever going to make everyone happy. That's just the way it goes. If there's a reason they didn't cast Mike, maybe it's valid. I was never super happy with the idea of him being the Bach, but I definitely thought he'd be better than Peter. Really, though a rusty mailbox full of dog crap would have been better than Peter.
I do agree with Rachel that this is not enough, just like casting her as the Bache'ette wasn't enough. They have to cast more people of color in front of AND hire more POC behind the cameras. They also need to cast people who happily date without concern for the race of the person, not just people who say they're "willing" to date people of another race. We've seen too many seasons where the POC are eliminated before the top 8. It's getting better, but it's far from great.
I'd love to see an Asian lead too. SO tired of these boring leads that all look alike to me!
I've been saying for a while that I wish they'd go back to casting an unknown lead. Maybe the garbage fire that was Peter's season finally convinced the producers that they need to bring in some new blood.
And it took 24 seasons. Coincidence,? No. Anyway, Critical I'd love an unknown as well. I once questioned Reality Steve about it and he said that picking someone that's already known to the franchise is working for them, so they'll continue on that path. Ugh! More Instagramlebrities, I guess. 🙄
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I'm sorry, but the timing of this announcement is just a bit too obvious. Yes, it's waaaay long overdue and I'm looking forward to Matt's season, but since when do they announce the next lead when they haven't even filmed the current one yet? Are they going to film the B'ette and the Bachelor at the same time? By the time they film and air Clare's season (which I don't think is scheduled yet - is it?), it could be a year before Matt's season is filmed and aired. He could meet someone and fall in love before then, unless he has to contractually agree not to.