The Bachelorette Australia franchise is making strides in inclusivity as the first-ever openly bisexual lead has officially been cast. Let’s get into it.
For the first time in Bachelorette franchise history, the Bachelorette Australia has cast its first openly bisexual lead, as announced by Australia’s Channel 10 on Wednesday. 26-year-old Brooke Blurton will star in the upcoming season of the popular dating series, which will include a cast of both male and female contestants for her to date. The show is currently casting participants for her season, although a premiere date is still up in the air.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Australian franchise, Brooke is no stranger to how the reality show works, as she previously competed on Australia’s The Bachelor back in 2018, before abruptly exiting the series, and later appeared on Australia’s Bachelor in Paradise. Not only does this mark a first for Australia, but the first time globally that the franchise will have a mixed-gender cast for The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.
Brooke opened up about the casting decision to The Daily Telegraph, saying, “I am not too sure if Australia is ready for it—I certainly am. If it makes people feel uncomfortable in any way, I really challenge them to think about why it does.”
She also opened up about her ideal candidate to Channel 10, adding QUOTE, “My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.”
The Bachelorette Australia host, Osher Günsberg, also appears as ready as ever to introduce the first bisexual Bachelorette, saying, “We are a nation of people from so many different backgrounds, so many different cultures and so many different experiences, yet we all have one thing in common – we all want to be loved in a way that is meaningful to us. I can’t wait to get started on helping our Bachelorette Brooke find that kind of love.”
Not only will Brooke go down in Bachelor and Bachelorette history as the first openly bisexual lead, BUT she is also the first Indigenous woman to lead the franchise as a proud Noongar-Yamatji woman, as noted in her Instagram bio.
This news comes as quite a surprise to many reality T.V. fans, and even some who never watched reality television but might start doing so. One user tweeted, “Yeah great. Now I’m going to have to watch a reality show. Thanks heaps Brooke Blurton.”Another person wrote, “Wow, this is awesome. I had pretty much given up on that show, but now…”
Here’s to hoping that this exciting new chapter will continue to create important conversations and break boundaries within what had previously been a predominantly heteronormative reality-dating franchise.
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