As representation and diversity in entertainment continues to be widely discussed, a former ‘The Bachelorette Australia’ contestant has spoken up about diverse casting on reality TV.
Carlos Fang (aka Carlos Jay F.), who appeared on Georgia Love’s season in 2016, said he believed the franchise – whether it’s ‘The Bachelor’, ‘The Bachelorette’ or ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ – has often played up to racial ‘stereotypes’ and ‘tokenism’ when casting ethnically diverse contestants.
“I knew going on a show like The Bachelorette there would always be a ‘token’ guy,” the Chinese Australian reality star told HuffPost Australia.
“It’s your advantage because you know there’s always one person cast to represent that mix but it’s likely to be a disadvantage for the final outcome of the show. Rarely is there a person of colour standing there at the end of the season.”
When Carlos appeared on ‘The Bachelorette’ four years ago, he was eliminated in the first rose ceremony. At the time some viewers expressed disappointment that “the Asian guy didn’t even make one episode”.
It was different for Indigenous Australian contestant Brooke Blurton. She made it to the top three on ‘The Bachelor’ in 2018, before choosing to leave the show on her own terms.
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Carlos said he believed Australian reality TV considers cultural diversity during the casting process, but he scrutinised the...