Love is blind Stars Raven Ross and SK Alagbada told BuzzFeed their reaction to Lauren Speed’s claim that the show was “eliminating” black women.
Last month, the Season 1 alum took to Twitter to claim there was a discrepancy between the number of black women featured in promotional material and the number of black women who actually featured in Season 3. .
“I know it’s slim, but about 85% of them are forced (just for entertainment) anyway,” she continued. “You could at least force other sisters to move on throughout the series.”
“I was waiting to be able to answer that,” Raven told BuzzFeed. “I consider myself a black woman. So it hurts me. Also, I ended up with an African man. So I don’t understand why they talk about race as if we don’t have diversity on the show. “
“I love that this is a topic of discussion, but for me who’s here, I would like to say that this demographic of women hasn’t been able to form successful relationships not because of the color of their skin or of their production, but perhaps because of the men who were on the other side of the wall.”
She continued, “I’m not throwing anyone under the bus, but we have to connect through a wall. And if you can’t, because people on the other side aren’t looking for what you have to offer, then you’re not part of the story. I hate that.
“It’s not that anyone was edited, there were no other couples that came out of the show – other than the ones you saw. I was really surprised, that was the one of the most diverse casts I’ve ever seen, there were so many other black women, and it was so much fun to have this experience with them.”
“Unfortunately a lot of the men on the other side weren’t looking for this. There are receipts from some of these guys specifically saying it’s not something they’re looking for. So for me, it’s what we should be talking about.”
SK added, “The whole idea of the show is to go beyond places you don’t usually consider. Coming from someone who ended up outgrowing his color, I was very surprised when I saw that.”
“SK and I are really people who support all black people. We love that,” Raven continued, “That’s who we are, we really embrace that aspect of our culture. Just for me personally, as another woman of color, that was such a hit.”
You can read more from our Love is blind interview here.