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Extra! Extra! New Bachelorette Announced!

Hey, Everybody!

In case you don’t already know, the next Bachelorette was announced on Jimmy Kimmel last night.

Rachel Lindsey will not only be the next Bachelorette, she will be the first black lead in Bachelor history. I seriously am on the verge of tears writing this. With all the horrible sh*t that’s going on in the world right now, it’s good to know we can still make progress toward a more egalitarian future.

But beyond the color of her skin, Rachel is a genuinely intelligent and decent person and I’m looking forward to covering her season of the Bachelorette. I was going to quit blogging after Nick’s season but there’s no way I can NOT cover Rachel’s season.

Even if this is just a silly reality show, this is civil rights progress. When we can look upon a black lead and say, “That person is not just part of the background. She is a love object. She is worthy of love. She is beautiful and romantic and no different than any other human being in her heart who yearns to love and be loved and be the apple of someone’s eye. She’s not just here to support white men and women fulfill their unrealistic fairy-tale endings. She’s here to find her OWN unrealistic fairy-tale ending,” well, then we have truly made progress as society.

I don’t think we’re fully there yet but we will never get there if we don’t start the journey. I expect there will be a lot of support for Rachel and a lot of hate. Leads are often the objects of scorn but this will be different because while we have made a great deal of progress as a people, there are still plenty of racists in this country.

I still recall all the horrible things that were said about Michelle Obama and I’m sure Rachel is going to get some of that reaction.

I hope all of you will join me in supporting Rachel on her quest to find a 6-week soulmate. This show is never easy on anyone and I expect it will be especially difficult for Rachel because she is doing something that hasn’t been done before and whenever you’re a first no matter what kind of first you are, you will endure much more scrutiny and backlash than if you were a second or a third.

It takes courage and strength to be a first because you blaze the trail for everyone that comes after you and there are no footsteps ahead of you to guide you. I will support Rachel every step of the way. That doesn’t mean I won’t get on her case if she does something genuinely dumb but I will always be pro-Rachel.


Here’s a little update to my predictions after tonight’s episode and based on the preview for next week:

It looks like Nick may only give out 3 roses for hometowns. Kristina already went home. I know from the preview on the season premiere that Rachel will continue on to the wintry destination the women are going to after hometowns so she is definitely in the final 3. She can’t make it to final two or we’ll know who Nick chooses before the end.

Vanessa will be in the final two for sure. It’s her game to lose at this point. But if she’s up against Raven (or God forbid Corinne) we’ll also know that Nick chooses Vanessa because he doesn’t have a strong enough connection with Raven or Corinne to overcome what he has with Vanessa.

We also know someone is coming back. My guess is that it’s Danielle L. I thought this might happen after Nick cut her but I didn’t say anything because it was a crazy idea to me at the time but now I think there’s a very good possibility that Danielle L. will come back onto the show and get the 4th hometown date. Then Danielle L., Vanessa, and Rachel will move on to the final 3 and Danielle L. and Vanessa will be the final two.

I originally thought they would be the final two and between the two of them, I don’t know who Nick will choose. Vanessa still seems like the obvious choice but I don’t know.

So if Nick does indeed only give out 3 hometown roses, look out for this scenario. If not, I can’t wait to see Nick’s face when he meets Corinne’s nanny.

I’ll write a full recap later in the week! Until then, Happy Bacheloring!

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7 thoughts on “Extra! Extra! New Bachelorette Announced!

  1. Rachel as the new bachelorette is wonderful news. Not because she’s black (although I do think “finally”!) but because she’s lovely, intelligent, well-spoken, and she actually has a personality!

    Too many of the women were inarticulate and boring. I have thought to myself throughout this season as I was watched the conversations and interviews, “smile once in a while and try to at least act like you are enjoying the moment” sheesh! Raven has been great because she has shown these qualities throughout the show, and of course Rachel (love her). Alexis was so much fun because she could laugh at herself and I think actually enjoyed the experience. As for Corrine I have no patience. I couldn’t bear to spend 5 minutes with her. She a juvenile.

    So I am looking forward to seeing Rachel as the bachelorette, and can only hope the “haters” hide under a rock somewhere. She will shine anyway.

    • Hi, Vicki.

      I was hoping the next Bachelorette would be either Vanessa or Rachel because they were my favorites. But I do think it’s important to see people of color in these roles so it becomes commonplace. I want to live in a world where it’s not a novelty to see a black Bachelor or Bachelorette. I want to live in a world where I don’t notice. But until the world catches up with my utopian vision of it, I am going to notice but I’m also going to celebrate because it’s a step in the right direction.

      Most of the women on The Bachelor are boring. They always have been. I was excited this season because there were actually 4 women I liked which is unheard of for me. Jojo was the only one I liked on Ben’s season and I kind of liked Kaitlyn and Becca on Chris’s season.

      I have a hard time with Corinne too. On the one hand, I think she’s witty and entertaining and on the other I think she’s evil. I think for the show, aside when she was attacking Taylor, she’s been one of the more interesting villains despite being a spoiled brat. But I really can’t take her when she’s being cruel. It makes me sick to my stomach, literally.

      I hope the haters will hide under a rock somewhere too but hate seems to be an undercurrent of society at the moment for various reasons so I’m worried for Rachel.

      Thanks for the comment! I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. WHY WOULD YOU QUIT? YOU CAN’T TAKE AWAY MY WEEKLY LAUGH MACHINE!!! But I understand if you have to, or want to… But I hope you aren’t thinking about stopping because you feel unsupported… You are absolutely supported! 1,000% by me! Anyway, enough with the all caps and exclamation points…

    I am so happy that the Bachelorette is Rachel. I adore her. She is smart, beautiful, charming and so full of life. You can’t help but smile when she is on screen. It doesn’t matter what color she is, she is the perfect choice. But in regards to her being a beautiful black woman, that just adds another layer of awesome to their choice. Hooray for Rachel. And at least we get to keep YOU for one more season!

    • Hi, Jaime.

      The reason I have considered quitting is because I’m chronically ill. It takes 8 hours out of my day to do a routine that will allow me to survive to the next day. So when I have to blog too, it takes all my free time. Blogging is all I do when there’s a season and by the time I’m done I don’t have the energy to go and market my blog so I can’t grow my readership. I’m also on PST so I can’t join the Twitter storm while the show is airing which would boost the number of people who know I exist.

      Your support means more than you can possibly know. The week you posted this comment, I had spent all my time writing my blog but got crickets in response for days. I cried. Your comments made me feel like what I was doing mattered.

      I know people are reading but if no one says anything, I don’t know what people are thinking. I question myself. I’m stuck in my house so I don’t really have much social contact. I know it’s sad but it’s worth it to me sometimes to work as hard as I do just to get a few comments, to be able to reach the outside world.

      I’m on Facebook but it’s all politics all the time. I care about politics too but in small doses. Right now, the world has lost its damned mind. I get it, I really do. But there’s only so much bad news I can take. It would be nice if I could talk to people about other things. Here, I can.

      I am reconsidering Rachel’s season. I want to cover it but I also need to take care of my health. If I can’t better soon, I’m not long for this world.

      I have a tendency to work myself to the bone for small returns. It’s genetic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you so much Jaime. You really made my week ๐Ÿ™‚

      • You have to help me with PST… NO idea! You taking care of YOU is more important than anything. I would miss your blog, but would much rather know that you are taking care of yourself. If you don’t mind my asking, what’s wrong? And just so you know, if you ever needed anything that I could provide through a comment or an email, I am here! Thanks for making me smile every week. Your posts always seem to come up at the right time, right when I need to smile. So again, thank you!

        • PST = Pacific Standard Time

          Most of the country gets to see primetime shows 3 hours before I do because I live on the west coast.

          My health situation is really complicated. It’s hard to talk about in a comment. It’s also not something doctors really understand. But I’m on disability.

          I’m glad I make you smile. You make me smile too ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Well now I feel like quite the idiot! Oh my word, I can’t believe I asked that. I AM SMART! I PROMISE! And like i said, you have my email, so anytime!

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