As the value of diversity on The Bachelor continues to make headlines, Sydney Lotuaco assessed her time as the only Asian participant on Colton Underwood‘s season in 2019.

” That can be really hard. I was like, ‘Oh, looking around, I am the Asian female for the season, I will be representing that card,'” the 28- year-old previous NBA star said on Us Weekly‘s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast.

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Sydney kept in mind that the franchise has “done better with casting” in current seasons, however there are still “discrepancies” when it concerns people of color getting airtime.

” It’s very manipulated and that’s truly sad to see. “I just feel like we still have a long way to go in a lot of ways and I believe this franchise is huge and they can really make some excellent modifications from it.

Sydney explained: “You want to be able to relate to the people that you’re working with and all those things. If you’re not seeing that then there’s that disparity and it’s truly hard when you think of it in that regard.

While audiences accepted Matt James as the very first Black Bachelor previously this year, his season was overshadowed by racism claims made versus frontrunner (and eventual winner) Rachael Kirkconnell Chris Harrison, who isn’t hosting the upcoming 17 th season of The Bachelorette, likewise made headings for his defense of Rachael, 24, who split from Matt, 29, post-finale. (The longtime host and participant both asked forgiveness.)

” From knowing Chris and getting to know him through the procedure, I actually liked him. And I still actually like him. It was just was extremely frustrating to see,” Sydney told Us “It’s so clear that there was this detach and some things that needed to alter. And I believe some things that have been going on for an extended period of time that required to shift, and I still believe that there still needs to be more shifts due to the fact that I think this previous season was kind of like a band-aid put over a bigger concern. And now we need to still continue pushing the envelope.”

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Sydney included that she believes the “conversation around Chris and what’s going to occur with him is not over” despite the network employing Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe to host season 17 of The Bachelorette.

” I’m truly curious to see what’s going to happen with the franchise and I’ve seen a lot on social networks, like, extremely combined evaluations on it,” the Bachelor in Paradise alum stated. “It’s gon na come a lot from how the fans react and how the program is gon na react to that. I just would say, like, overall, the discussion in itself was disappointing.”

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