'Bachelor in Paradise' castmate believes race worked against him, invokes Charlottesville, Trump
Before the 2017 season had even finished filming, Bachelor in Paradise was making headlines. After an alleged sexual encounter between castmates DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios halted filming in Mexico, an investigation determined that there was no wrongdoing on set — but Olympios and Jackson were already front and center of an (almost) national scandal.
“I think people wanted it to be something different,” Jackson said, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. “They wanted the angry black guy and this little, innocent white girl. But it wasn’t that.”
“We wouldn’t even be having this discussion at all,” Jackson said, if he weren’t a black man doubted for an encounter with a white woman. Read more…