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Peter Weber Is The New Bachelor And He Is Making A Point To Show Off His Cuban Roots

Season 24 of “The Bachelor” is finally here, and we know you’re already exhausted, but you should know this season is actually worth watching. We totally understand that every season host Chris Harrison always promises us something new and unlike anything we’ve experienced before — but this time it’s true! Our first Latin Bachelor is here! (The first one didn’t count and was a total tool, but more on that later). 

Peter Weber is proving to be the best Bachelor so far, and we have to thank his Cuban family for it.

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We know the show just premiered, but we’re already so excited for this season, and it’s entirely because of his family and his views on family and love. First a brief recap on the massive 3-hour premiere episode last night on ABC: Peter Weber, a Delta pilot, met his future wife, but he just doesn’t know which one it is yet. He has to choose among 30 female contestants. Yup, that’s the premise of the show, and that’s that. After so many bachelors and bachelorettes, it is hard to distinguish one contestant from another, but alas, that is the name of the game.  The main reason we’re super excited for this season is that Weber is expressing why marriage and family mean so much to him, and that’s attributed to his parents and Cuban culture. 

“You see a lot of my Cuban roots come out from probably the first episode,” he said in an interview with Us Weekly. “There’s definitely a theme of the whole Hispanic side throughout the show, I’m not gonna lie. It’s cool. And I love that.”

In the first episode, viewers got to learn more about his parents and his brother.

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Weber shared how much he loves his Cuban background. He went on and on about the fantastic Cuban food and how he and his family are always dancing in the kitchen and having a great time. Seems to good to be true? Who cares!?

The 28-year-old Bachelor, who reportedly still lives at home, expressed that his Cuban-born mom was a former pageant queen and met her husband when she worked as a flight attendant, and her Weber’s dad worked as a pilot. How romantic! 

Weber has also talked in-depth to his new girlfriends that he wants a healthy marriage just like his parents have. He said he is seeking a real connection with someone who values family as much as he does. Okay, okay, but now to the real stuff. Will any of these ladies be his match?

Another fresh of breath air is that this season also features a number of Latinas.

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While we know many of them won’t last very long, it’s so good to see Latinas represented on the show. Also, it’s no lie that men often choose a partner that is a lot like their mothers. So, we’re thinking Weber might want to Latina just like his mom. 

Yet still, there’s a lot of people on social media who couldn’t care less that Weber is Cuban, mainly because he’s a half-white Latino.

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Some are saying that ABC is pushing the diversity card too much and “not for the right reasons.” The network has been criticized for not featuring enough Black or brown people. So, just because Weber is half Cuban, he is still not representative of real Cuban culture. 

Mike Johnson, who appeared alongside Weber on the last season of The Bachelorette, said that Weber’s inclusion does not represent true diversity. Last year, many wanted Johnson to be the first Black Bachelor, but Weber got the job. 

“Yes, Peter has a Cuban mom, but let’s just be honest — he’s white, right? And that’s just being completely transparent,” Johnson said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I think that there should be an Asian lead, an Indian lead… diversity is not just black and white. It’s not just salt and pepper.”

As we mentioned earlier, the first Latino Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis (season 18) was a total snore and hardly ever spoke about his Venezuelan roots. He was a true mimbo. Weber, on the other hand, has a job and is sweet and more importantly knows how to please a woman. But more than anything, his love for his family is what makes him so attractive. We just hope he continues on this path and doesn’t do anything to shame our people.

 READ: These Bachelor Contestants Brought Drama, Love And So Much Character That We Still Love Them

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek is not putting her efforts of the #MeToo movement behind her. In fact, her most recent disclosure about her experience filming the 1995 movie Desperado proves she has yet to lose momentum. While the graphic film grossed $25.4 million in the United States box office and received rave reviews, Hayek says it wasn’t all great.

During a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Hayek opened up about her breakout role.


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Speaking about her experience Hayek explained that she had not known at the time that she did not know she had been signedup to film a sex scene with costar Antonio Banderas.

“So, when we were going to start shooting, I started to sob, ‘I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,'” Hayek said in the interview with Shepard. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”

Speaking more about the experience, Hayek underlined that Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez tried their best to make her feel comfortable on set. She also added that she felt as if Rodriguez “never put pressure” on her.

Still, Hayek says that the experience was traumatic.

“I was not letting go of the towel,” Hayek explained. “They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again. But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”

“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she went onto explain. “And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'”

Hayek and Banderas have remained friends since filming and they have gone on to star in five other projects.


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In fact, just last year, Hayek presented Banderas with an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Banderas was honored for his role in Pain & Glory with the International Star Award.

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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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If you’re a Bachelor Nation fan, you’ve probably heard the news: long-time “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is going to be “stepping aside” from hosting duties in the wake of recent controversy.

The move comes after Harrison caught major blowback for defending a current contestant who attended an antebellum plantation-themed frat party in 2018.

The contestant in question also liked various problematic social media posts before she appeared in this season.

The backlash (mostly directed at Harrison’s tone towards former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay) was fierce. Current and former BIPOC and non-BIPOC contestants condemned Harrison for his comments and asked for an apology.

Harrison did apologize before releasing a statement saying he would be taking a break from hosting duties for a “period of time”.

“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” he wrote. “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”

For those not well-versed in The Bachelor world, this news is shocking because Chris Harrison has been hosting The Bachelor since its premiere in 2002. He is the show’s voice, face, and figurehead. His name is synonymous with the brand.

And while some people are happy to accept Chris Harrison’s apology, others still have their reservations.

Colombiano and season 13 winner Bryan Abasolo took to his podcast to call Chris Harrison’s apology “weak”.

Abasolo, who is married to Rachel Lindsay, started off his comments by saying that he had “highly respected” Harrison before his comments but now, he “definitely lost respect” for the Bachelor host.

Abasolo also said that Harrison’s comments were “irresponsible”, “hurtful” and “flat-out unacceptable.”

“Chris comes out and says this, and to me it makes me wonder like, ‘Damn, is this how everyone on the top feels?’ I hope that isn’t the case, but this is the figurehead. Is this the sentiment that we are trying to overcome, still in 2021?”

“[Chris was] adamant about it, vented Abasolo. “Quite frankly, the apology…I thought it was weak, not gonna lie.”

“You said everything you’ve said in public, I believe that it should be standard that you should apologize by showing your face and speaking in public the same as your words were aired in public when you said them.”

Abasolo also explained that while he “doesn’t believe in cancel culture” that the public “needs to see the growth” from people in the spotlight who mess up.

“You have too big of a platform and you’re too big of an influencer for you not to lead by example in this situation,” Abasolo said. “I just pray that we see that evolution from him play out for everyone to see.”

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