There is always some backlash to whoever is announced as the next Bachelor, but Bachelor Nation seems particularly annoyed that Peter Weber, the cute but boring pilot who romanced Hannah B last season of The Bachelor, was the chosen one this season. Many were hoping for Mike Johnson instead.
Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, who has been the only person of color to be a Bachelorette or Bachelor, slammed ABC's choice to cast yet another white guy.
"I think Peter seems like a very nice guy. He seems lovely. This is absolutely nothing against him, but how many Peters have we seen before? What season are we on? 24. So, we’ve seen 24 Peters. I’m bored. And it’s nothing personal against him.
I want to be hopeful, but when you have a contestant like Mike Johnson, who seems to check all the boxes, how is he not the Bachelor? I don’t understand. I’m sure they have some reason for not picking him, and I’m going to trust in that, but at the same time, the system isn’t working in giving us a Bachelor who is a person of color. So we need to change the system. Something has to be done. Break the rules, step outside the box, give the people what they want!"