One person who loves that Rachel Lindsay has been chosen to be the next The Bachelorette star is Raven Gates. After it had been revealed that Rachel would be the next woman to try to find love on the popular franchise, Raven reacted to the news with heartfelt congratulations and excitement for Rachel, with whom she apparently got really close while competing for Nick Viall’s heart on The Bachelor. Yet not everyone is happy with the announcement and not only because of the fact that the announcement spoiled the final four on The Bachelor. Many of the show’s viewers are actually outraged that the show’s producers chose Rachel instead of Raven, another fan favorite, as the next Bachelorette.
Raven posted a photo of herself and Rachel hugging one another to her Instagram account. Raven made it clear just how close she and Rachel became while competing for Nick by describing her as her “soul friend.” Raven celebrated the choice of Rachel as the next Bachelorette and declared that she loves her. Pointedly, Raven wrote that she is “ALWAYS” in Rachel’s corner, indicating that there is no jealousy and resentment over Rachel being the next Bachelorette and not her.
There's a reason why we call her BIG RACH! SHE DOES BIG THINGS!!! @therachlindsay ???? My day one, my soul friend, my person!! ???? not only is she making history by being the first African American female to have a bachelor/ette lead BUT she is MORE than that!! To list all of her attributes and qualities that I love would be too long to type. America will soon find out that She IS laughter. She IS friendship. And she IS LOVE. I am ALWAYS in your corner Rach! ???????????? I love you so much!! now go show America what they've been missing!!!! & bring home the Love of your Life!!!!!! ???? #thebachelorette @bacheloretteabc @bachelorabc
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Many people left comments on Raven’s post expressing confusion and disappointment over the spoiler since Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor still showed Rachel in competition for Nick. Many people also left comments expressing disappointment that Raven’s not the next woman to hand out the red roses. People told Raven that she should have been picked as the next Bachelorette. People also applauded Raven for such a classy and loving statement, pointing out that such behavior is a good example for young women everywhere, and a good stand against the negativity that others have written regarding the announcement.
So happy for this moment!!! Thank you so much for the love and support!!!! Can't believe I am the new bachelorette…still feel like I'm dreaming #bachelornation #bachelorette #thankful #blackhistorymonth #historicmoment
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Plenty of that negativity was let loose on Mike Fleiss, the franchise’s creator and executive producer. After he had tweeted about the “overwhelming support” for Rachel as the next Bachelorette, he received a barrage of comments stating otherwise.
Very happy about the overwhelming support for our new #TheBachelorette !!!
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) February 14, 2017
Many people commented that they wanted Raven as the next Bachelorette.
@fleissmeister we wanted Raven
— Alexandra (@alexandra_iplov) February 14, 2017
When another viewer expressed happiness with the choice, another made a seemingly racist comment by stating that Rachel’s contestants will be chosen from the local jails and Section 8 housing. The viewer even called Rachel, who is a lawyer and the daughter of a judge, “Ms. Ghetto.”
— Triple Nickel (@GougiePlunge) February 14, 2017
Another person said that she and her friends won’t be watching and called Rachel “low class.”
@fleissmeister the ratings are going to be TERRIBLE for her season.None of the 20 or so women that I watch with want to see Rachel.Low class
— Charles Atlas (@FlowMorphiaSlo) February 14, 2017
— Ellie (@HazzasFavorite) February 14, 2017
Another said that Rachel’s too boring to watch.
@fleissmeister I will not be watching this coming season of the bachelorette if Rachel is the bachelorette. She is so boring!
— shannonb (@buth_shannon) February 14, 2017
Others started tweeting the hashtag “#NotMyBachelorette.”
— Laura Greenhalgh (@Lola_Greenhalgh) February 14, 2017
With Rachel Lindsay chosen as the next The Bachelorette star, and Raven Gates still in contention for Nick Viall’s heart on The Bachelor, perhaps that means that it’ll be Raven whom Nick proposes to at the end? Even if Raven does get sent home early, maybe viewers will still get to watch her on the spin-off Bachelor in Paradise? On Tuesday night, Mike Fleiss also revealed that there would be additional episodes of the spin-off this summer.
The time has come for the Official Historic Announcement!!! There WILL be additional episodes of #bachelorinparadise this summer!!!
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) February 14, 2017
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