This season's Bachelor contestant Rachel Lindsay made history in the show earlier this season when she became the first Black woman to win the coveted "First Impression Rose." Now, Lindsay has made history in a much bigger way after ABC announced that she has been cast as the next Bachelorette.
She will be the first Black woman to be the star of the series. While any racial barrier breaking occasion is, of course, a reason to celebrate, users on social media are not letting the franchise forget that this only took them a staggering 33 combined seasons to get right.
.@THR I never watch The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. But let me say, it's about time 🙃😏— space cat félicette (@felicianista) February 13, 2017
Is it just me or is anyone else shocked that there have been 33 seasons of the Bachelorette?? https://t.co/Vx2A2z2EZX— TJ Tatum (@TJTatum) February 13, 2017
I'm guessing that the main demo of the Bachelor/Bachelorette is white women? So do they think POC women will start watching now?— Trap QueenCity (@lindsay_e) February 13, 2017
Literally not believing this hype of Rachel as bachelorette until Chris Harrison announces it #thebachelorette— Durban Made 🇿🇦 (@_Akhonaaababe) February 13, 2017
Sad it took so long for a black bachelorette but I'm happy for her, she's dope. I might have to start watching now— Patty Peacock (@Hon__E) February 13, 2017
The only season of the bachelorette I will watch https://t.co/xU9qDohzVk— Mbolle Ekane (@TheJungle_VIP) February 13, 2017
Ima watch the black bachelorette just to see the white guys reaction when she walk out— Joju Obama (@JOJU_LONEWOLF) February 13, 2017
Black bachelor next? Sike the world ain't ready
It's about damn time we got a black bachelorette IM HYPED— ՏoƖeíƖ ❥ (@DarbouzeSoleil) February 13, 2017
me: has never watched a season of the Bachelorette— jordan (@rysdestinys) February 13, 2017
The Bachelorette: *casts its first black female*
I don't even watch the bachelor and I'm excited there's a black bachelorette— Maddi Kaigh (@maddikaigh) February 13, 2017
i was hoping that nick didn't propose to rachel at the end bc she really deserves better like and now she's going to be the bachelorette— tay (@candicekps) February 13, 2017
Thanks ABC for brining to my attention that there's never been an African American bachelorette till now— Extremely Kordei (@extremelykordei) February 13, 2017
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(Photo: ABC/Mitch Haaseth)