Chris Harrison s providing mea culpa after an interplay between him and Rachel Lindsay went viral. The host of the Bachelor Nation franchise was dragged after he defended a Bachelor contestant’s problematic previous.
Earlier than you get into why Harrison is in hassle it’s good to learn about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell vying for Matt James’ coronary heart. A girl went viral on Tik-Tok for accusing her of creating enjoyable of her at school for relationship Black males.
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It solely will get worse from there.
Rachael was caught liking images of mates standing in entrance of the accomplice flag along with attending an ‘outdated south’ themed occasion in 2018.
Whereas speaking to Rachel Lindsay on Additional, Chris said: ‘I noticed an image of her at a sorority occasion 5 years in the past and that’s it. Like, increase. Like, ‘OK. Effectively, this lady is on this e-book now. And he or she’s now on this group.’
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He additionally requested for folks to offer her ‘grace.’
He went on to say that he’s not defending her, though he was, and defined that it’s not look in 2021 which is totally different than 2018. He added that she was 18 within the images when she was truly 21.
The issue was that whereas Rachel defined why her celebrating the outdated south was mistaken, Harrison stored talking about how issues are totally different in 2021 than they had been in 2018.
When Lindsay additionally introduced up the purpose that there’s nothing in her contract that retains her from talking on these allegations, he had an excuse for that too.
‘The woke police is on the market. And this poor lady Rachael, who has simply been thrown to the lions, I don’t know the way you might be geared up when you’ve got by no means performed this earlier than, to be woke sufficient, to be eloquent sufficient, to be able to deal with this.’
The dialog made its rounds on social media and many individuals had been unpleased with Chris.
He took to Instagram to apologize to Bachelor Nation and Rachel Lindsay.
‘To my Bachelor Nation household — I’ll at all times personal a mistake after I make one, so I’m right here to increase a honest apology. have this unimaginable platform to discuss love, and yesterday I took a stance on subjects about which I ought to have been higher knowledgeable. Whereas I don’t converse for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions had been merely to ask for grace in providing her a possibility to talk on her personal behalf. What I now understand I’ve performed is trigger hurt by wrongly talking in a way that perpetuates racism, and for that I’m so deeply sorry. I additionally apologize to my good friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her higher on a subject she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who’ve reached out to me to carry me accountable. I promise to do higher.’
Hopefully, Chris will preserve his promise of doing higher.