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'The Bachelorette' recap: Racism takes center stage on 'The Bachelorette'

Racism was confronted on "The Bachelorette' as they enjoyed France.
Racism was confronted on "The Bachelorette' as they enjoyed France.
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Bonjour Andi Dorfman, your personality fits right in with the attitude of the French as "The Bachelorette" and her eleven men visited Marseilles on Monday night’s episode. But at the forefront of the dating reality TV show was the focus on racism, and it’s about time.

The Bachelorette” and its predecessor, “The Bachelor” have long been criticized as having racist undertones. The issue took center stage when Andi Dorfman and her budding boyfriends arrived in the South of France. Whether planted by producers to touch on the subject that has been on the lips of many, or not, racism was raised by JJ, the 31-year-old “pantsapreneur” that was integral in the original drama with Andrew, all while “The Bachelorette” enjoyed a one-on-one with Josh.

According to JJ, Andrew (30) made racist comments at the original rose ceremony when “The Bachelorette” gave Ron and Marquel, both African-Americans, a rose. Andrew allegedly told JJ, “She gave it to the two blackies.” The very handsome and tender Marquel was clearly hurt and brought to tears by the ignorant comments, which he couldn’t verify because as of that moment was hearsay. He explained that no matter how you treat a person, they already have a preconceived notion about you.

The first thing that people recognize about me is the color of my skin. It would be nice to not be seen as, ‘hey this is a black guy.'

However, Marquel took the higher road and chose to wait until after the group “mime” date with the nine other bachelors to confront Andrew. As the men headed into France to perform on the streets, Marquel worked his scary mime magic, but didn't quite impress Andi Dorfman. The group date drama didn’t just surround Marquel and Andrew, a few of the men called Nick out as “arrogant,” especially Cody, because Nick has bragged that he is a “frontrunner,” tension that Andi felt immediately. “The Bachelorette” took aside the men and began to question them in a matter relegated for a deposition, and heard from Chris and Cody some negativity about Nick.

As Dorfman interrogated the men to help narrow down her decision, Marquel decided to take his opportunity to confront Andrew about his racist remarks on “The Bachelorette.” Marquel grabbed his moment, and in a very classy move, requested no one else interfere. Andrew vehemently denied the allegation, and “swore to God” he didn’t say that. Marquel didn’t form an opinion, “spoke his truth” and left it at that with a clear head that he aired his feelings. Like the little ahem that Andrew has been accused of, he ran right to Andi to complain about Marquel and that he was accused of something, but didn’t specify what it was.

The second one-on-one date with “The Bachelorette” saw Andi and Brian cooking, but not in the bedroom. The two were creating traditional French fare, frogs’ legs. Brian completely shut down once he entered the kitchen to cook the meal, which almost caused “The Bachelorette” to not give him the date rose and send him back to the States.

Andi Dorfman, who said she took French in college, needs to brush up on her enunciation of Marseille. The take-no-prisoners ADA made it very clear she won’t stand for drama and didn’t need a cocktail party to influence her decision. She made a big cut at the rose ceremony, more than usual, sending home three bachelors. "The Bachelorette" and company, without Marquel, Andrew and Patrick, returns next Monday as the group of eight plus Andi travel to Venice.

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