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What Rose Ceremonies Can Teach Us About Reality


This season of ABC’s “ The Bachelorette” is a break from the norm.

For the first time, the star of the show — attorney Rachel Lindsay — is an African-American woman. While the dating competition’s all-too-familiar format filled with cringe-worthy pick-up lines and awkwardly staged physical encounters didn’t change, the conversations it sparked surrounding love, relationships, race and entertainment did.

Can one of the longest-running reality TV shows teach us new lessons about how to break with long-held stereotypes in our society?


Amy Kaufman, Film writer, Los Angeles Times; author, Bachelor Nation: The Definitive History of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Allison P. Davis, Senior writer, The Cut

Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director, Women in Media & News; author, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

Eric Deggans, TV critic, NPR

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