Fan favorite Lauren Speed may have proved love is blind, but her role in season one of the Netflix show showed so much more. From Issa Rae Uncertain to Kate Edison The bold type, we’re seeing more accurate images of black women on TV than ever – and it’s so important. In this case, Lauren’s positive representation on the Netflix reality show emphasizes that black women are their true and authentic selves, beautiful and desirable – despite how we’ve been portrayed on reality TV before.
Without even trying, Lauren’s presence on the show acted as a mirror to our own dating experiences as black women. We see ourselves when she wakes up next to her now husband, Cameron Hamilton on their honeymoon, with bare faces and in a cap. She explains to the camera how important it is for black women to wrap their hair at night. Although Cameron believes she is beautiful in her “bonnet beret”, this sweet response has not always been the response of romantic partners on reality TV.
Let’s see Love Island UK” Yewande Biala, a season five contestant, was notably the last to be picked at the “pairing” ceremony. The year before, Samira Mighty was also the last person to be picked from the ceremony during her time as an islander. Marcel Somerville was also picked last last summer. While the producers attempted to provide representation, the diverse cast members who weren’t the first choice contributed to the perception that black people aren’t desirable. This is why it is so refreshing to see Lauren first Love is blind to receive a marriage proposal – and to be one of the few couples to make it work as soon as the cameras stopped rotating.
While Lauren’s appearance is undoubtedly beneficial, stereotypes about black women are still very much present in reality television. In a TV genre where drama is encouraged to increase viewership, black women often get lost in stereotypes. although Love & Hip Hop is a show that I see on weekends from time to time, the storylines are often about multiple women fighting over one of the male characters or fighting to be loved as they deserve to be.
It’s easy to get carried away by the unfolding drama when tables are turned and words flow away. But the truth is that these storylines add to the problematic idea that black women are aggressive. It is crucial to look beyond this ‘evil’ archetype to be seen as we are: whole people worthy of love and affection.
Even Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette to lead the franchise, believes she was mislabeled on the show during her season. Rachel expressed her concerns in a blog post before US Weekly as she described the season of Becca Kufrin every week. She felt her finale spent more time sympathizing with her second Peter Kraus then to congratulate her engagement to Bryan Abasolo – not the case for other contestants, including Becca.
“Let’s face it, Becca didn’t have the final that I had. There was no controversy and she wasn’t able to deal with it,” Lindsay wrote in US Weekly. “She was protected, and I was exposed for three hours and labeled an angry black woman. And there will always be that stigma attached to my finale, because it has been said that when truth is blurred by misinformation, perception becomes reality and everything is lost. “
Lindsay’s season offered an opportunity to allow viewers to understand the reality of black women’s experiences in relationships, but her happy ending was overshadowed (and somewhat invalidated) by the heightened drama of other cast members. On Love is blind On the other hand, Lauren’s dad takes his chance to ask real and necessary questions that black viewers not only expected all season, but also experienced themselves. He reminds us that there is a world outside of the cameras, and once they stop rolling, the couple will have to face society and how they view their relationship.
In the end, he gives his blessing and assures Cameron that he will not judge him for anything other than how he treats his daughter. This conversation is essential for viewers who watch at home as it confirms that Lauren and other black women on or off the screen deserve to be fully loved regardless of the race.
When it comes to dating shows (and basically any type of visual media), casting women with a wide variety of skin tones is just the beginning. Lauren’s part on Love is blind is an example of what we need to bring up a more accurate story about the dating experience as a black woman. With casting for season two, we can only hope the new entrants will help rewrite the story.