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Why I’m Excited for Matt James to be The Bachelor

THE BACHELOR – (ABC/Craig Sjodin) MATT JAMES

The Bachelor has named their new lead, even though Clare Crawley‘s season of The Bachelorette hasn’t even been filmed yet.

In an unprecedented move, ABC has announced that a Black man, Matt James, will be their new Bachelor.

He may seem familiar, even if he hasn’t been on the show yet. He is the best friend and roommate of last season’s Tyler Cameron. Many were calling for him to be cast on the next season of The Bachelorette. And he was! Yes, he was originally cast as a part of Clare’s season. It does kind of feel like they cast him in hopes to name him the next Bachelor.

After the push by many fans, thanks to the Bachelor Diversity Campaign, to have a Black Bachelor, ABC named him Bachelor last week.

It’s very exciting to have a Black man be the lead in this franchise that has been overwhelmingly White for the show’s entire run. While it’s exciting, it shouldn’t have taken so long. It’s also not the last step for this franchise to take. They need to include more People of Colour in the cast and crew, and give focus to these cast members that are often left out of the narrative.

I’m excited to see Matt James as the lead, because for the first time since I’ve been watching the show, we have some fresh blood. It’s going to be cool to see how they present Matt, and how they tell us who he is. He’s coming into the show without previous franchise baggage. I’m looking forward to get to know him as the women do.

He also just seems like a cool guy. Matt runs a charity along with Tyler called ABC Food Tours, which helps give food experiences and healthy living tips to under served kids in New York City. Matt seems like a charming, charismatic guy that will be able to carry the season. Also, he is very good looking!!

I’m really looking forward to the two upcoming seasons of the franchise. I hope that we are on the track to see The Bachelor franchise develop into a more diverse and reflective entity.

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