Rachel Lindsay’s season of “The Bachelorette” has been tacitly cast as a new step toward diversity for the franchise. So how do her suitors stack up? Will she be meeting 31 clones, or men from all backgrounds?
The cast, at first glance, actually promises to offer a more varied one than usual ― more non-white men, fewer fitness trainers, and some real quirky options. Here’s a quick breakdown of Rachel’s dudes by the numbers:
Men of color: 14
Gelled pompadours: 12
They’re rocking those Jordan Rodgers haircuts.
V-neck T-shirts: 15
Personal trainers: 1
Fewer than usual, actually!
ER doctors: 2
Keeping the mansion safe since 2017.
Three, counting Rachel!
Tickle monsters: 1
We’re hoping this isn’t code for “molester.”
Fans of The Rock: 3
And every red-blooded straight woman in America.
Fans of Matthew McConaughey: 2
All right all right all right.
Haters of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino: 2
What did he ever do to these dudes?
Dudes who admit to getting boners at work: 2
No shame, guys. No shame.
Guy who admits he’s not there for the right reasons: 1
In response to “What do you hope to get out of participating in this television show?” Milton shamelessly says: “Real answer? Discovered. Everyone tells me I’m made for TV/movies.”
With 31 men appearing on the season, there’s simply too much bio goodness to fully process at one read. Jamey says he doesn’t have any female friends (um, rude); Lucas, the whaboom, once had a threesome at a wedding; and Anthony is our Haruki Murakami-reading crush. We can’t wait to get this season started.
For more cast bio analysis, check out HuffPost’s Here to Make Friends podcast:
Do people love “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” or do they love to hate these shows? It’s unclear. But here at “Here to Make Friends,” we both love and love to hate them — and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail. Podcast edited by Nick Offenberg.
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