Season 28 of The Bachelor has just begun, and controversy has already arisen. On The Bachelor’s Instagram page, a collection of photos featuring Joey Graziadei kissing cast members was shared. However, they mistakenly labeled a photo of Joey kissing Jenn Tran as Joey kissing Lea Cayanan. This blunder sparked outrage among Bachelor fans in the comments section.
Lea Cayanan’s Response
After the Instagram incident, Lea took to TikTok to address the situation. She emphasized the importance of extending grace, acknowledging that honest mistakes happen. However, she also highlighted the need for a broader conversation about the lack of Asian-American representation in Bachelor Nation.
Lea emphasized the significance of representation, stating that it has been a life-changing experience for her to be on the show as an Asian-American, Filipina, and Hawai’i girl. She expressed her desire for representation that goes beyond being a “DEI quota” or a quickly forgotten side character.
The Importance of Representation
Lea stressed the importance of having a world stage and media platform that accurately reflects the diverse communities that make up society. She believes that until such representation is achieved, there is still progress to be made.
Jenn Tran’s Popularity
In a recent episode, Jenn Tran was chosen for a one-on-one date with Joey, where they went surfing. This choice raised concerns among viewers, as it seemed inappropriate given Jenn’s fear of the ocean. However, Jenn overcame her fear and had a great time with Joey, earning her a place in the hearts of Bachelor fans.
Many viewers expressed their admiration for Jenn and Joey as a couple, hoping to see more of them together.
The Bachelor’s Schedule
The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC, with a special Tuesday episode airing next week at 8/7c.