The Bachelor franchise isn’t exactly known for its ethnic diversity.
And this fact was a hot topic on Twitter on Thursday night, after Angie Kent sent home the only non-white contestant on The Bachelorette.
Niranga Amarasinghe, 28, who is of Sri Lankan descent, failed to receive a rose after the cocktail party, which left many fans angry and upset.
‘So long ethnic diversity, you never stood a chance’: The Bachelorette is facing a backlash after Niranga Amarasinghe, the only non-white suitor on the show, was sent home by Angie Kent
‘So long ethnic diversity. you never stood a chance (or had much airtime),’ one Bachelorette viewer tweeted.
‘Did Niranga get ANY airtime? It would’ve been nice to see at least ONE conversation between him and Angie,’ another added.
‘Oh, colour me… shocked. Yet another Asian guy who doesn’t get a date at all,’ a third fan wrote.
Twitter outrage: Niranga, who is of Sri Lankan descent, failed to receive a rose after the cocktail party, which left many fans angry and upset
Meanwhile, Niranga shared a post to Instagram on Friday in which he expressed sadness over his short-lived journey on the show.
‘See you soon Brisbane. Just driving back from the @bacheloretteau mansion. Got a few wilted roses if anyone wants memorabilia, just hit me up,’ he wrote.
‘Big cheers to the lads in the mansion, we certainly have a solid Boys Club, for all the fans thank you so much.’
Lack of diversity: Niranga is the only non-white person to appear on The Bachelorette this year
Angie has previously said she is attracted to mixed-race men, but doesn’t discriminate on the basis of a person’s ethnicity.
‘I love culture, that’s what I’m looking for,’ she told TV Week in April.
‘I’m generally attracted to mixed-race guys, but I don’t want people to think I won’t date white guys. I want there to be a variety of people. I don’t want an all-white cast, that’s not what I’m into.’
‘Got a few wilted roses if anyone wants memorabilia’: Niranga shared a post to Instagram on Friday in which he expressed sadness over his short-lived journey on the show
Earlier this month, radio host Kyle Sandilands hit the headlines for an outrageous comment he made on KIIS FM about The Bachelorette’s casting.
During an interview with Angie, he asked her: ‘Was there any black men in there? Did they throw in a few blacks for you?’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.
‘I love culture, that’s what I’m looking for’: Angie (pictured) has previously said she is attracted to mixed-race men, but doesn’t discriminate on the basis of a person’s ethnicity
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