America, Misee Harris Could Be Your First Black ‘Bachelorette’
Believe it or not, it’s 2013 and there’s never been a black Bachelor or Bachelorette. If Misee Harris has anything to say about it — that’s all about to change. And it’s about time.
Harris, a 28-year-old pediatric dentist, is vying for the spot of the first black Bachelorette. She had previously been chosen as a contestant for The Bachelor, but decided to go big or go home.
“I realized that being The Bachelorette would give me a better opportunity to find love and a stronger platform for all of my creative dreams and charity work,” said Harris. “It also would allow me to inspire other black women and girls to dream big and know their worth.”
Harris has started a Facebook page Misee Harris 4 The Black Bachelorette, which has garnered over 13,000 likes. Doesn’t everyone deserve the opportunity to make out with 25 complete strangers who are desperate to find true love (on live TV)? I think so.
The dating show phenomenon has been on for 25 seasons (17 seasons of The Bachelor and eight seasons of The Bachelorette), and still not a spark of diversity. Sure, there have been black contestants in the past, but they’re usually eliminated near the beginning of the show.
ABC has said they’ve been trying to diversify the show, but it seems that only white people want to come on a dating show to find love and/or humiliate themselves.
“We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism,” said Mike Fleiss, the producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. “We always want to cast for ethnic diversity; it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”
Strange take on the situation since the show has been sued by two men who called the casting practices racist. Even former Bachelor Matt Grant thinks the shows are missing out by being so limited in their scope.
“It is clearly not right that after 10 years of successive seasons there hasn’t been a black Bachelor or Bachelorette, especially when we have a black president,” said Grant. “While I don’t think any of the producers are inherently racist, I just think that mistakes are being made.”
If Harris gets her wish, she’ll not only be the first black Bachelorette, but she’ll also be the first Bachelorette who hasn’t already been on The Bachelor. All the Bachelorettes from the last eight seasons have been fan favorites who were chosen from the pool of past contestants.
America, are you ready for your first black Bachelorette?