The Bachelor grew to become a scorching subject after images of a contestant at a plantation-themed occasion went viral. Host Chris Harrision defended the racist imagery throughout an interview with Rachel Lindsay, the primary Black bachelorette. Matt James, the show’s firsts Black bachelor, is now talking out.
James wrote on Instagram “The fact is that I am studying about these conditions in actual time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to place it bluntly.”
He continued, “Chris’s failure to obtain and perceive the emotional labor that my pal Rachel Lindsay was taking up by graciously and patiently explaining the racist historical past of the Antebellum South, a painful historical past that each American ought to perceive intimately, was troubling and painful to observe.”
James additionally added, “As Black folks and allies instantly knew and understood, it was a transparent reflection of a a lot bigger subject that The Bachelor franchise has fallen brief on addressing adequately for years.”
In case you missed it, throughout an interview with Lindsay on Extra, Harrison requested for “compassion” for contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
“All of us must have somewhat grace, somewhat understanding, somewhat compassion as a result of I’ve seen some stuff on-line — once more this judge-jury-executioner factor — the place persons are simply tearing this woman’s life aside and diving into, like, her mother and father and her mother and father’ voting report. It is unbelievably alarming to observe this.”
When Lindsay stated it was not a “good look,” Harrison responded with, “Properly, Rachel is it a very good look in 2018? Or, is it not a very good look in 2021? As a result of there is a massive distinction.”
Chris Harrison has since apologized and briefly stepped down as host of The Bachelor.
Watch the change between Harrison and Rachel Lindsay beneath: