Zoe-Clare's Rant Unwittingly Highlighted Some Uncomfortable Questions About Race on The Bachelor
She perceived Areeba's inserting herself into their conversation, and not budging, as not just something a smidge rude, but an attack on her for having red hair — something that didn't seem to be backed up by anything Areeba said or did. Instead, it felt like Zoe-Clare was just articulating her own anxieties about the way she looked, next to a room full of mostly blonde women.
The rant highlighted some uncomfortable questions around race on the season, with people at home pointing out that Zoe-Clare was herself unfairly targeting one of the few people of colour on the show, and that her rant was an example of white privilege. To co-opt the language of people talking about dismantling racist structures and to use it to to talk about feeling discriminated against based on being a "ranga" was tone-deaf.
Zoe-Clare's overzealous speech came in an episode that was already troubling, as Areeba immediately appeared to be set up as "villainous", and Laura talked about Locky's sometimes-home of Bali in a disgusted tone that seemed to reflect a racist attitude about southeast Asia.
It was a strange moment, and one that people online either identified with — in a 'we are all having a meltdown in lockdown' way — or couldn't help but laugh and also cringe at, just as Areeba did in the moment.
Here are some of the internet's best reactions to Zoe-Clare's strange manifesto for red-haired women from last night's Bachelor: