In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Charity Lawson and Dotun Olubeko discussed their future plans as a couple, the drama over Charity telling both of her final two men that she was in love with them, the importance of their story for Black viewers.
Consider for a moment, in 2020 only 30% of African Americans were married compared to 48% of all Americans. Half or 50% of African Americans have never been married compared to 34% of all Americans.*
The Bachelor has taken a ton of heat over it’s choice of Bachelors and Bachelorettes. Many have felt it has been too one sided in what the choices have been on screen.
It’s been noted that you’re The Bachelorette’s first monoracial Black couple.
The Hollywood Reporter asked them both, ‘What does that mean to you, and how does that feel?‘
Charity Lawson: We talk about it all the time. Honestly, it didn’t really fully hit us until the end when it was brought up to us by producers. That was never our objective coming into this. This is not an opportunity to check something off the list. You obviously don’t know what connections you’re going to build and who you’re going to find along this journey. So for both of us, it’s been beautiful, it’s exciting, and we’re just honored to be in that position to be able to make history in that sense, but also for our love story to be shown in its entirety for fans to see. We hope that it just continues to inspire people. I’m honored and excited to be the second monoracial Black Bachelorette [after season 18’s Michelle Young], but also to leave away with this amazing person. It’s huge, and we have a story to tell, for sure.
Dotun Olubeko: It wasn’t in anyone’s intention for this to be the outcome. But it is, and we are just so appreciative and understand the gravity of what this means and hopeful that we represented Black love in a positive light, as I believe we did. Going back to our fairy-tale story, a lot of African Americans already feel like fairy tales can be for them, and I hope that this gives hope for people out there. So, really happy about that.
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