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‘Below Deck’: Captain Lee Addresses Diversity in the Yachting Industry


Below Deck fans recently asked Captain Lee Rosbach about the lack of diversity on the series.

A spectator of the line saw a throw for season 8 and noticed it had no color. “I saw something about the team for the upcoming season, and I was suddenly aware of the lack of diversity on this show,” said the viewer. tweet. The viewer would still be watching the show. “But there is no racial diversity. That’s all. ”

Simone Mashile | Karolina Wojtasik / Bravo / NBCU Photo Bank

So far the series has only four members of color. This includes chef Leon Walker, steward Simone Mashile, bosun Ross Inia and Lauren Burchell deckhand.

However, Rosbach disagreed. He said the industry is more diverse, at least on camera. “Yeah, some of us [crew members] that wasn’t on Camara, engineers, some with whom I worked together on the show and where the show was shown more than once, ”he replied. “And it would give him another chance.”

Captain Lee does not consider the lack of diversity to be an issue in the industry

Another observer followed the conversation, asking if there was a lack of business in the industry. But Rosbach said a yacht provides great travel which means wider opportunities for anyone who deserves the work.

“I don’t think so,” he replied. “As travelers around the world we are open to and accept all cultures. I hire the ability to do the job, not the color, sexual orientation or religion of the person applying for whatever position is open. I think my whole team would agree yesterday and today. ”

Ashton Pienaar, Ross Inia
Ashton Pienaar, Ross Inia | Greg Endries / Bravo / NBCU Photo Bank

The email said she would not be hired because she was “Black and fat,” The Sun-Sentinel reports. The email explained that a member of the team would do a good job but the company was not “sure it paints a picture of the image we are looking for here. The crew eventually sued the yacht company for discrimination.