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“The Bachelor” Finally Has Latino As Lead

Juan Pablo Galavis is the leading male for next season of The Bachelor, which marks the first time in 17 seasons the show will have a Latino as the lead love interest. I don’t really see what the big deal is about having a bunch of drunk, catty women chasing after a Latino man. That happens to me every year at my family reunion. Sure, the women are my aunts who want to tell me how skinny I am and that I need a woman to feed me or at least give me a baby. But that counts, right? Some may remember Juan Pablo Galavis from season 9 of The Bachelorette, where he was eliminated after only six weeks. Six weeks may not sound like a long time, but for most bachelors I know, that’s longer than most are able to hold down jobs, let alone pursue a relationship.  

As to why there hasn’t been a leading Latino bachelor yet, Galavis posed this theory: “It’s not easy to find people from different cultures [for “The Bachelor”]. They don’t understand this show; they don’t want to be in this show.” Galavis comes from what he describes, a traditional family background, which I’m assuming means his parents didn’t drunkenly hook up in a bathroom on television. However, the way society is heading, I imagine it won’t be long before most people meet on reality shows. I can see Galavis’ point about different cultures not understanding the mechanics of the show. India, for example, has a “robust” arranged marriage culture. If they based a reality show on the idea of arranged marriage, a season would only last one episode.

If there are any women interested in courting the former soccer player, Galavis says he’s looking for a woman that loves to dance, doesn’t get sloppy drunk, and won’t get between him and his daughter. Not unreasonable, but with The Bachelor, it’s not really about finding love as much as it is holding onto that love. So far, only two couples in the show’s history are still together. Of course, the show hasn’t had a Latino lead yet, so maybe those numbers will change.

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