“The Bachelor” criticized for not being diverse enough because Daisy Kent bizarrely dragged into controversy

SANTA SUSANA, CALIFORNIA: In the 2024 TV lineup, “The Bachelorette” returned to ABC for Season 21, featuring Jenn Tran as the lead looking for love. Notably, Jenn Tran marks a historic moment as the first Asian American lead on Bachelor Nation — a franchise historically criticized for its lack of diversity.

However, fans were disappointed with the Season 21 debut, expressing widespread dissatisfaction over the continued lack of Asian representation, particularly regarding Asian males during Jenn Tran’s spotlight.

Fans expressed displeasure over the lack of Asian representation on “The Bachelorette” Season 21 (@abc/@johnfleenor)

Daisy Kent leaving “The Bachelorette” may have resulted in a less diverse cast for Jenn Tran.

During the casting process for “The Bachelorette,” ABC executives reportedly also considered Daisy Kent. However, they ultimately chose to cast Jenn for the current season. Daisy later left the show, revealing recently that she believed being the Bachelorette lead would not be conducive to her well-being.

“There are a couple of reasons,” the Bachelor runner-up explained on ‘The Viall Files’. “So, one, my health is like an aspect of it. And like, I knew as a leader, it’s a lot on you. Not only emotionally but also physically.”

On Reddit, one fan wrote, “These guys were so cast for Daisy before the producers switched her for Jenn 😭 It’s the vibe/style.” Another fan added, “Oh man, that’s definitely a man after Dai.”

One fan said, “They were probably for Daisy because I don’t think Mary dates that kind of white guy. Her ex was half-Chinese, full body tattooed and their Toronto crew of homies was very diverse, hip, and city boy.”

Another fan added, “Do we think this group was picked for maybe Daisy or Maria or whoever? Or are they just picking contestants independently before nailing down the next seasons? I’m really curious!! Because I know that they present for you. put in proposals all season long before i need all the tea of ​​the selection process lol.”

Daisy Kent declined
Daisy Kent declined to star in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 21 (@abc)

Jenn Tran upset about lack of diversity in “The Bachelorette” Season 21 cast

Days before her Monday, July 8 debut, Jenn discussed the lack of Asian presence in an interview with Glamor , saying, “I can’t really speak to the casting process and the decisions that were made, but it’s unfortunate that there were” t many Asian men this that season.”

She added, “Asian men haven’t always seen themselves in this position, and I hope that I’m here and Thomas N. is there that we can both inspire other Asian men to realize that they can do it too if they want to too they can be in this position.

“The Bachelorette” Season 21 Jenn Tran recently discussed the lack of Asian representation on the show (@abc/@johnfleenor)

Thomas Nguyen proudly displays his Vietnamese heritage on “The Bachelor” Season 21

According to his ABC profile, Thomas Nguyen, one of the men competing to woo Jenn on “The Bachelor,” comes from a large Vietnamese family and is proud of his heritage and cultural roots. As a retirement counselor, he finds fulfillment in community service and is eager to find a loving wife to build a future family with.

“The Bachelorette” Season 21 star Thomas Nguyen works as a retirement advisor (Instagram/the_thomaswin)

‘The Bachelorette’ Season 21 airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. Hulu’s next day is available on Tuesdays.

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