Also, he likes sports," she previously shared with .In March before filming began, Lindsay admitted to feeling pressure from the African-American community to gift her final rose to a black suitor.contestants addressed the pressures of interracial dating on this week's episode, and the conversations did not go how many viewers — or star Rachel Lindsay — might have expected.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar commented in January on another point of frustration: the few diverse contestants who do make the cut each year only make it on the show "as a courtesy for a few weeks before being ejected." The reality star, who has been open about pursuing interracial relationships, told in May that "race didn’t play in as a factor" when it came to choosing her fiance, as the star has announced that she is, in fact, engaged.
"I already know what people are going to say about me, and judge me for the decisions I'm making.
I'm going to have to be the one who has to deal with that and nobody else, and that's a lot." Previews for the next episodes appear to have abandoned the focus on racially charged drama, but that hasn't stopped some critics from accusing the network of exploiting race for ratings.
Will Gaskins, a 28-year-old black contestant, was particularly vocal on the subject during Tuesday's episode, telling his fellow housemate that Lindsay does "not look like the people that I've been dating for the past couple years." The Miami sales manager then went on to say that he typically dates white girls. Lindsay said she, too, was raised in a majority white community, but has predominantly dated black people.
In fact, she told in May that she wanted her cast to reflect her dating history, and her cast rates as the ABC franchise's most-diverse grouping in its 15-year run.