Even though The Bachelorette franchise has featured White lead Bachelorettes for the last nine seasons, it’s been nothing but bland. Apparently, I came across an article on Wetpaint.com, saying that Sharleen Joynt should be the next Bachelorette for season 10 of The Bachelorette, which will make her the first Asian Bachelorette since there have been no minority leads for the past ten years. It’s just like Juan Pablo Galavis being the Bachelor for season 18 of The Bachelor, except he’s Hispanic. Sharleen may be Asian but she is also White and Canadian Aborigine coming from the father’s side but looks more Asian than White. Once she is announced, that will make Desiree Hartstock the last White Bachelorette and will spark racist comments, saying that Sharleen isn’t Asian enough, etc. In addition to that, here are some pros and cons of Sharleen Joynt as the next Bachelorette.
1. She’s honest
Sharleen had us at “Seriously?” and really won us over with “Sure.” We drifted a bit when she kept calling Juan Pablo “Sir” but that was just first night jitters. What’s great about Sharleen is she says what she feels — and not just to the cameras or the other girls. She was surprised to get the first impression rose, and she showed it. She had concerns about her relationship with Juan Pablo, so they talked about it. He asked her about kids, and she told him the truth, knowing it could be a dealbreaker. That JPG basically blew off what she actually said is his own problem, but it speaks highly of Sharleen. The girl talks truth, and not just behind people’s backs. There’s no artifice for her, no faking more emotions than she feels, no treating this like a pageant or a job interview. That’s so blessedly rare.
2. She’s unique
Yeah, she’s awkward. She’s not flirtatious. She’s probably not the life of any party. And she desperately needs Arie Luyendyk, Jr.’s kissing school. But we’ve never seen anyone like her on the show before. She’s fresh. She’s smart. She’s quirky-funny. And she mentioned the cameras — she broke the fourth wall of production, and no one has done that. Who is this marvelous alien rebel and are there more of her coming?
3. She’s realistic
It’s easy for contestants to lose themselves in Bachelor fantasyland, then snap out of it when they get home. Sharleen is definitely not just flattered to be noticed and she’s not giving us the impression that she’s there to “win.” She wasn’t 100 percent sure about JPG from the beginning — and why should she be when she just met the guy? She continued to have doubts on Episode 4, but she’s slowly warming up to him. It’s not like she isn’t trying — she even moved in for the kiss on Ep 3 — but everything is on a real human schedule. And if JPG isn’t the one, he isn’t the one. She’s not the type to just get swept away by the “process.”
4. She has “mundo”!
Sharleen is a worldly woman who traveled to Bachelor Nation from Heidelberg, Germany. She’s not one of the giggling cheerleader-esque “woo!” girls who are immediately into whatever guy happens to be handing out roses. Even the way she dressed on the first night showed JPG that she’s different in a good way — more sophisticated and cultured. (Grown sexy?) We’re down for a classy season of The Bachelorette, with the men cast to woo her having to really earn her respect instead of just taking their shirts off.
5. She probably doesn’t want to do it
Shar is someone who needs to be won over, and that’s a good thing. The Powers That Be shouldn’t just give the Bachelor/ette job to whoever wants it the most, or whoever seems really sweet or really hot or just really willing to get married on TV this time next year. Give it to someone who probably isn’t there to get more TV time, and who maybe doesn’t even know how the hell she got on TV to begin with. This “journey” takes dark turns and fans tend to fall in and out of love with the rose-givers. Shar doesn’t seem like she’s very impressionable; she probably wouldn’t let herself be led too much by the producers and if fans didn’t like her during certain points, she seems strong enough to take it. If she said yes, it would probably be for “the right reasons” with no monetary or fame-related agenda. Not that she doesn’t deserve those, too…
1. Asian bachelors ganging up and hating on non-Asian and mixed race bachelors, mostly mixed with White and/or Black
In other words, some of us can imagine Asian bachelors being racist towards non Asian and mixed race bachelors, White and/or Black, especially those who are White and Asian mixed with White and/or Black, just like in the Bachelorette-like novel I’m writing right now, except it’s Asian and Latino bachelors ganging up and hating on non-Asian, non-Latino, and anyone mixed with White and/or Black. Of course, in the case of Sharleen, those Asian bachelors who start racist drama and controversy against the non-Asian and mixed race, mostly White and/or Black, bachelors will eventually get eliminated, even for being violent towards them as well. But wait, anyone who looks and possibly sounds similar to Sharleen, which also includes Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native American/Canadian bachelors, will also join Asian bachelors in being racist towards anyone that isn’t like them nor Sharleen and therefore will be eliminated for their racism and bigotry along with the Asian bachelors. So it’s not just Asians who will be racist towards anyone that isn’t similar.
2. Parental pressure to choose one’s own race or similar
Since Sharleen’s mother is Chinese and her dad a mix of White and Canadian Aborigine, they will be racist towards anyone who is Black and Middle Eastern, especially if they are Muslim, as well as Whites if her dad doesn’t appear White that much and then favor the Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native bachelors over the ones who don’t belong in any of these groups as well as embarrass the outsiders and tolerate the similar-looking ones ganging up on them. If the Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native bachelors get eliminated, especially by being bigoted and racist towards anyone not like them, her parents will eventually get angry at her and pressure her to keep them while eliminating the ones who don’t fit the “similar” group even if those Asian, Hispanic and Native bachelors are crazy, manly bitches. In other words, The Bachelorette season 10 will involve Sharleen’s parents in categorizing bachelors according to race as well as stereotyping them.
And here is what I believe Sharleen’s bachelors will look like but won’t be actual contestants
This is just an example. And yes, I can imagine Asian, Hispanic, Native, and Pacific Islander guys on The Bachelorette season 10 when Sharleen is announced as the new Bachelorette. They will be pitting against White, Black, Arab, and mixed race guys, mostly mixed with White and/or Black.
What Sharleen’s mom and dad will approve of. They will be most likely crazy bachelors from hell if they start acting bitchy and catty as well as violent towards the different and weird bachelors, which may also result in them being arrested and taken away from the competition by the police.
What Sharleen’s mom and dad will disapprove of. They will most likely be more stable and respectful even if Sharleen’s parents hate them.
Of course, these weird and different bachelors will risk being humiliated and/or insulted by Sharleen’s parents as well as ganged up on by bachelors that are similar to her and her parents for having “Asian fetish” and/or “yellow fever” that is. Above all, I believe season 10 of The Bachelorette will be very controversial, especially with the race card drama among contestants that are similar to Sharleen in which they are racist, prejudiced, and bigoted towards contestants different from them, Sharleen, and her family which will result in them getting eliminated. It can happen with other minority and mixed race lead Bachelorettes too just like the ones vying for the lead spot such as Dr. Misee Harris who is Black and Danielle Ronco who is half Black/White, for example. Race card drama in which contestants of the same race or similar are racist towards contestants of different races. So in other words, when a minority or mixed race Bachelorette is announced, like Sharleen, for example, expect race card drama and controversy among the contestants.