“Bachelor” Matt James says it’s “irritating” that followers of the present assume its winner is white
So we have our first black “Bachelor” in the entire hit series franchise and fans already have an idea of how his season will play out. We’re only two episodes in and fans are speculating that Bachelor Matt James, based on the few appearances he has made and an interview he had with host Chris Harrison after the premiere, that the woman he will choose to be his bride will be white.
Well, apparently Matt James is very aware of what people are saying about him and he’s not very happy. In a new interview with the podcast “Bachelor Happy Hour”, Matt replied to a question from “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay that it was “cautiously frustrating” that the race of the participants was even a topic of conversation.
“First of all, regardless of what they look like, people should want you to be happy with who you are with,” he said. “And if you knew anything about me, if you were close to me, you would know that the last women I dated were all black women.”
Matt then went ahead and broke up the racial makeup of the contestants that season, noting that there is a mix of white, black, and Asian women who he says have “dated across the board” in the past Has.
“If you’re with someone, when you shut out a race, I don’t even know where to start. What I’m looking for in a woman isn’t race specific, ”James continued. “What I’m looking for can annoy someone. What I’m looking for is not a race. I’m not only dating black women. I’m not only meeting white women. I’ve dated down the line and found redeeming traits in everyone, which is a blessing, and that’s why it’s so difficult for me this season. “
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