The countdown is officially on to the next season of ABC's The Bachelorette, featuring none other than Dallas woman Rachel Lindsay.
Lindsay, as you'll recall, was one of the top three women vying for Nick Viall's love on the last season of The Bachelor. She begins her own journey to find love on May 22, and it's been a talker because she is the first black woman to ever star on the show.
While there's plenty to be said about why her inclusion in the show matters (and, yes, we said it), there's also room to illuminate the cynicism regarding the network's choice. Saturday Night Live, never one to miss an opportunity, hilariously did so recently with a Bachelorette premiere spoof featuring actress Sasheer Zamata that pulls out all the stops, from white guys singing "black lives matter" to guest host Chris Pine (also white) playing to African stereotypes.
In case you weren't clear that the sketch is all about ABC high-fiving itself in the name of diversity, the clip ends with "The Bachelorette on ABC, we freakin' did it!"
Ironically, SNL did not air the clip during its live show on May 6, though the "cut for time" clip has still been seen nearly 600,000 times on YouTube.
Peep The Bachelorette spoof below:
CORRECTION, 10 a.m., May 17, 2017: An earlier version of this story misspelled Rachel's Lindsay's last name.