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In high school, I had a crush on a guy named Juan Pablo, who happened to be from Venezuela.  I would spend the hour of our public speaking class playing in his hair and flirting. The crush never went anywhere because Juan Pablo was all boo’d up in the 12th grade, and I was just a smitten junior.  But he’s not the Juan Pablo who’s on this year’s season of “The Bachelor”.  This year’s bachelor is full of sex appeal and an accent to boot. Juan Pablo has also set precedent as the show’s first Latino bachelor.

Juan Pablo was born in Ithaca, NY, to Venezuelan parents, but moved back to Venezuela when he was a toddler. Juan Pablo was a star soccer player in college and then went on to play professionally in Venezuela and with the Miami FC. On top of being absolutely gorgeous, Juan Pablo is also a single parent, something you don’t come across too often on “The Bachelor”. Although Juan Pablo was kicked off a previous season of “The Bachelorette”, there are 27 women vying for his attention.

Out of the 27 women looking to claim Juan Pablo as their next husband, there are only two black women.  We all know black women don’t do well on this show, ever.

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“The Bachelor” has made baby steps with its first Latino bachelor, maybe next year they’ll go full gung-ho on the minority status and find a black guy.  Until then, I’ll just practice saying “Juan Pabloooooooooooooooooooooo es muy caliente”.

Clutchettes, do you watch “The Bachelor”? Honestly I haven’t since season 2, but Juan Pablo just might change my mind.

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  • amorel

    Baby steps my ass. Do they really think that having a white/white passing Latino is breaking any barriers. Is the same old same old. If i hear one more person equate being Latino/a with race I’ll scream. Latino’s come in every shade and many of them are decedents of the African diaspora, yet most of the images are of people that look like him.