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

The new star of “The Bachelor” was announced and surprise, he is not a Latino he is 26-year-old former football player Colton Underwood. Underwood will be on the search to find love while handing out roses when ABC airs the 23rd season of the show in early 2019.

While the show has received constant criticism for its lack of non-white contestants. There have only been two Bachelorette and Bachelor stars who were not white. But a new season means new contestants and a new chance for some Latina representation.

Will Underwood put a ring on a Latina winner?

While that is still to be seen, let’s go back and take a look at some of the Latinos and Latinas that have had to either accept a rose or get denied on national television.

1. Christian Estrada

Former soccer player Christian Estrada only stayed at “The Bachelor”  mansion long enough to meet-and-greet bachelorette Becca Kufrin. Fortunately, he (and his high-water pants) got some extra camera time on the “Men Tell All” special. The banker and model was born in Mexico but currently resides in San Diego, posting up one ???? Insta at a time.

2. Bibiana Julian

Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Bibiana Julian was first seen speaking the truth on Bachelor Arie Luyendyk’s season. She then was cast on “Bachelor Winter Games” and also in this summer’s “Bachelor in Paradise.” Although she didn’t end up going home with a partner, she did go home with some new fans who started calling her the ‘fairy love mother’ after her endearing heart-to-hearts with the other contestants.

3. Bekah Martinez

Another contestant on the most recent season of the Bachelor was fresh-faced Bekah Martinez, who caused a frenzy when she had been listed as a missing person by her mother. Martinez opted to forgo “Bachelor in Paradise” because she found love on her own in Los Angeles. Let’s hope she doesn’t go MIA on everyone in her life again.

4. Bryan Abasolo

After winning the final rose and heart of season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, Colombian chiropractor Bryan Abasolo moved from Miami to Dallas and bought a home with his new fiancée. The two are still going strong and planning their dream wedding, which may even be a destination wedding in Colombia. Who doesn’t love a destination wedding.

5. Ignacio Rodriguez

Ignacio “Iggy” Rodriguez appeared alongside Bryan Abasolo on the 13th season of “The Bachelorette” and tried another shot at love on the fourth season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” but was sent home after the first week.

6. Juan Pablo Galavis

The only Latino star of “The Bachelor” so far, Juan Pablo Galavis is also one of the most hated Bachelors in the franchise’s history. ???? Why? The New York-born, Venezuelan-raised former soccer player was incapable of telling his final pick he loved her, made several major PR faux pas through his tweets and statements and shamed fellow Latina Clare Crawley for going too far on a beach date one night.

7. Clare Crawley

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Hairstylist Clare Crawley was part of the final two contestants on Juan Pablo’s season and it was noted in the first episode that she was half Mexican on her mother’s side. Although the show didn’t touch on her heritage or show Crawley speaking Spanish past that first introduction, a glimpse through her Instagram shows she is proud of her roots, from posting cute grams of pan dulce to making tamales.

8. Victoria Lima

9. Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez was the first Latino winner of “The Bachelorette” when Ali Fedotowsky said yes to his proposal. After 18 months of being engaged, the couple split up after struggling through having different ideals and clashing on their personalities.

10. Shayne Lamas

In the twelfth season of “The Bachelor,” Brit Matt Grant fell for Shayne Lamas—the second Latina winner of the show. She is Argentine from her grandfather’s side, by way of actor Fernando Lamas. Grant and Lamas dated for a few months before calling it quits on their romance.

11. Mary Delgado

Back in season 6 of “The Bachelor” when pro bass fisherman Byron Velvick was the star of the show. He ended up getting on one knee and proposed to Cuban-born former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Mary Delgado. Delgado was the first Latina to win “The Bachelor.” The couple ended up splitting after five rocky years.


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ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Is Black

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ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Is Black

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After 24 Seasons, The Bachelor has finally cast its first Black male lead.

Since the launch of its series in 2002, the ABC hit series has remained stagnant in its efforts to introduce diversity into its series and cast. Throughout its history, the series has remained overwhelmingly white. The franchise as a whole has featured numerous blondes and size 0 fitness models, men with tapered waists and also (again) blonde hair but has come up severely short when it comes to featuring people of color and different sizes. In its entire history, only one black person took the lead and that was in its sister spinoff, The Bachelorette. And that was three years ago.

But, at least for the time being, that’s changing.

For the first time in Bachelor history, fans will see their very first Black Bachelor.

Matt James is a 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur, and community organizer who reportedly carved out a clear path as a favorite during his time on Clare Crawley’s currently delayed season of “The Bachelorette.” The decision to cast James as The Bachelor came heavy on the heels of protests against racism across the United States (which was sparked by the recent murders of police victims like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd) and demands for a change from leading programmers and production studios.

In a statement about the decision to cast James as the lead ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke explained that “Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor.”

The statement concluded with an emphasis on the fact that James’s casting is meant to be “just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise.”

According to Rachel Lindsay, The Bachelor Nation’s first Black lead, James’s casting could have come sooner.

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The lawyer and reality show favorite has been vocal since her time on the series about her lack of enthusiasm for the way the series has continued. After all, soon after her series was done it seemed ABC made little effort to bring more diversity to its series.

“I was hoping when I came on to be a trailblazer for that and to increase diversity in the audience that watches it. But in the last three years, there really haven’t been changes made,” Rachel explained in an interview soon after learning about James’s casting. “I want producers of color. I’d like for them to cast leads that are interested in dating outside of their race that aren’t just getting their first-time experience — for the first time — on national TV.”

Fans of Lindsay and the series were quick to echo her statements on Twitter.

Soon after her statements were made, fans created a petition on Change.org demanding that the franchise admits to promoting anti-racism on the show. So far the petition has accumulated over 93K signatures. The petition calls for

“ABC and Warner Bros. have been producing Bachelor content for 18 years, the petition reads on the Change.org website. “During that time they’ve cast 40 season leads, yet only one Black lead. This is unacceptable. As creators of one of the most popular and influential franchises on television, ABC and Warner Bros. have an opportunity and responsibility to feature Black, Indigenous, People of Color (“BIPOC”) relationships, families, and storylines. The franchise, and all those who represent it, should reflect and honor the racial diversity of our country–both in front of and behind the camera. Representation matters, and it is one of the most important ways our country can embrace its diversity and evolve.”

The petition goes on to call on ABC and Warner Bros. to take the following actions to combat racism and lists a number of actions points including: casting a Black bachelor as Season 25 lead, casting BIPOC for at least 35% of contestants each season moving forward, giving equitable screen time to BIPOC contestants, actively supporting BIPOC cast, including providing mental health resources specifically geared to helping them navigate the Bachelor franchise experience as BIPOC, ensuring equitably compensation and hiring more BIPOC employees in all parts of production, casting, and filming.

Here’s hoping the casting of James and the circulation of the petition spark real change within the walls of ABC and motivate its creators to align themselves with a message opposite of what they’ve been at the very least passively promoting for years: that Black people and other POC deserve love too.

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

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

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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