LaNease Adams reflects on racist backlash after receiving first kiss in 'Bachelor' history

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Published on 15 Oct 2021, 15:53
After two decades of contributions to the genre and the culture — and an ongoing reckoning around racism in entertainment — it’s time to ask: What does reality TV owe Black women?

Black women have appeared as some of the genre’s most iconic stars and are the subject of quotes and memes that fuel Internet culture and social media discourse. But Black women are also often stereotyped as angry or too sensitive or ill-informed. Then, they’re sidelined and villainized.

LaNease Adams didn’t have a bad experience on the first season of “The Bachelor,” where she and inaugural suitor Alex Michel shared the franchise’s very first kiss. But she was unsettled by racist viewers who raged over the interracial kiss and wrote online missives to the effect of: “Who does that Black girl think she is?”

“You rethink yourself as a person,” Adams said. Read more: Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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