“The Bachelor” producers have damaged their silence to sentence the harassment Rachel Lindsay has obtained from Bachelor Nation.
“As Govt Producers of The Bachelor Franchise we want to make it completely clear that any harassment directed in direction of Rachel Lindsay within the aftermath of her interview with Chris Harrison is totally inexcusable,” started the assertion, which was tweeted throughout Monday night time’s “Girls Inform All” episode of the truth sequence.
“Rachel has obtained an unimaginable quantity of hate and has been subjected to extreme on-line bullying, which, as a rule, has been rooted in racism. That’s completely unacceptable,” the assertion continued. “Rachel has been an unbelievable advocate for our forged and we’re grateful that she has labored tirelessly in direction of racial fairness and inclusion.”
Lindsay, 35, who was the primary black “Bachelorette” contestant in 2017, deleted her Instagram final week following an onslaught of cyberbullying after she confronted Harrison about alleged racist previous habits from present contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
Following the interview, during which Harrison defended Kirkconnell, the longtime ABC host apologized and stepped away from the present. He was changed by Emmanuel Acho to host “The Bachelor: After The Ultimate Rose.”
Lindsay mentioned Harrison made the proper choice departing the franchise, however Lindsay’s “Larger Studying” podcast co-host, Van Lathan, mentioned the backlash brought about her to get off social media.
“Rachel is just not liable for Chris Harrison, a 49-year-old man who can’t learn the room in these 2021 instances. She’s not liable for that,” he mentioned. “It’s not her job to make excuses or present cowl for someone who doesn’t perceive what the f–okay triggers individuals in at the moment’s world. It’s not. You’re going after the improper individual.”
Kirkconnell, who’s competing for Matt James’ coronary heart, additionally has apologized for her previous habits and requested followers to cease defending her.