After all, real people looking for love on reality TV can get tricky.And yet, the franchise has produced several ultra-gorgeous weddings and many more happily dating or engaged couples.We were really rooting for them, but the show's track record ain't great.The big exceptions are Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney (Molly was technically the runner-up) and Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, who tied the knot in a live TV wedding and are the only Bachelor couple to still be together besides Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi from the season that ended in March.These unions are comprised of couples from different seasons that met on spinoffs like got down on one knee and asked Lauren Bushnell to marry him.The blonde beauty of course said yes to 28-year-old Ben Higgins, and has been rocking her 4.6 carat Neil Lane engagement ring ever since.That continues a troubling pattern for a show that has all too often failed to feature non-white contestants.
All 20 white contestants remain in contention to get the final rose.
ABC’s “The Bachelor” dating franchise has a relationship with race and diversity that can be summed up in a Facebook update: It’s complicated.
This summer’s 12th season of “The Bachelorette” began with a half-Iranian star, Joelle “Jo Jo” Fletcher, and five non-white suitors.
True love (or a TV facsimile thereof) gets the reality treatment in this long-running dating game, in which a successful bachelor romances a number of beauties.
The list of possible paramours is reduced each week until he gives a final red rose to one of them.