Chris Harrison Apologizes After Defending Bachelor Candidate Troubled Previous – Rachel Lindsay Interview Goes Viral
Chris Harrison s offers mea culpa after an interaction between him and Rachel Lindsay quickly became known. The host of The bachelor The Nation franchise dragged on after defending a bachelor candidate's troubled past.
Before you know why Harrison is in trouble, you need to know that contestant Rachael Kirkconnell is vying for Matt James' heart. One woman went viral on Tik-Tok because she was accused of making fun of her at school for dating black men.
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From then on, it only gets worse.
Rachael was caught liking photos of friends standing in front of the Confederate flag and attending an old South-themed party in 2018.
While speaking with Rachel Lindsay about Extra, Chris stated, "I saw a picture of her at a sisterhood party five years ago and that was it. Like Boom. Like," OK. Well, this girl is in this book now . And she's in that group now. "
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He also asked people to give her "grace".
He went on to say that he wasn't defending her even though he was, stating that 2021 will not be a good look that is different from 2018. He added that she was 18 years old in the photos when she was actually 21.
The problem was that while Rachel was explaining why celebrating the old south was wrong, Harrison kept talking about how things were different in 2021 from 2018.
When Lindsay also pointed out that nothing in her contract prevents her from talking about these allegations, he also had an apology for it.
“The bright police are out there. And that poor girl Rachael who just got thrown to the lions, I don't know how equipped you are if you've never done this before, to be awake enough, to be eloquent enough to be ready to deal with it. "
The conversation went around on social media and many people were unhappy with Chris.
He took to Instagram to apologize to Bachelor Nation and Rachel Lindsay.
"For my Bachelor Nation family – I'll always have a mistake if I make one, so I'm here to make my heartfelt apologies. I have this incredible platform to talk about love and yesterday I was speaking out on topics that I should have been better informed about. While I am not speaking for Rachael Kirkconnell, I just wanted to beg her mercy by giving her the opportunity to speak on her own behalf. What I now realize is that I did harm by speaking wrongly in a way that perpetuates racism, and I am very sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening better on a topic she understands firsthand, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who reached out to me to hold me accountable pull. I promise to do better. "
Hopefully Chris keeps his promise to do better.