Owning as much as her errors. Demi Burnett took to social media to deal with a lately resurfaced image of her carrying a jacket with a Confederate flag on it.
“F—k it. People are telling me I shouldn’t say anything, I’m going to say something about this,” the Bachelor season 23 alum started on Monday, February 15. “So, there’s been this picture that’s been resurfaced of me wearing a jacket that had a Confederate flag on it. That jacket was given to me by my ex, his dad actually gave it to me, and I had no idea the weight that the Confederate flag held whenever I was wearing it. And I just wore it for that one night, and it was a Yeezy jacket. I thought it was so cool. I was like, ‘Yeah, Yeezy.’ And I didn’t even pay attention to that.”
Kanye West, the creator of Yeezy, beforehand instructed followers to “react how [they] want” to the controversial jacket. “You know the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way – that’s my abstract take on what I know about it. So, I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag. Now, what are you going to do?” the rapper mentioned throughout a 2013 radio interview.
A screenshot of Burnett’s ex-boyfriend Slater Davis’ Instagram Story of the fact TV character carrying the jacket has resurfaced after Bachelor season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell got here beneath fireplace for photographs of her at an “Old South”-themed get together in 2018.
“That’s ignorant of me not to pay attention to the Confederate flag,” Burnett continued. “Even more ignorant of me to not even know how harmful that is to people. So, like, yeah. I royally f—ked up wearing that. And I am so f—king sorry. I’m disgusted with myself. I’m embarrassed, like, it doesn’t even matter how I feel. I’m just so f—king sorry because that is not what I stand for, that is not what I’m about. And I’m really mad that I ever wore it.”
Burnett concluded: “I’ve been an ignorant, self-absorbed sack of s—t for most of my life. I genuinely had no idea what I was representing by wearing the jacket. I have no excuses … I know better now. I did not know better then. So, what I can say now is be better than me. Don’t look up to me. Look up to being better than me.”
Bachelor Nation met the “Big Demi Energy” podcast host on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, which aired in 2019. Burnett, who’s bisexual, went on to make historical past that year when she obtained engaged to Kristian Haggerty on season 6 of BiP. The franchise’s first same-sex couple cut up in October 2019, one month after their proposal aired.
Amid the controversy with Kirkconnell, who apologized on Thursday, February 11, Burnett has praised Rachel Lindsay for how the season 13 Bachelorette performed her interview with Chris Harrison concerning the controversial contestant. (The longtime host introduced he was quickly stepping again from the franchise and never attending the upcoming After the Final Rose taping amid backlash for defending Kirkconnell.)
“Rachel Lindsay is changing the world. She needs to be in future history books,” Burnett tweeted on Friday, February 12. “I couldn’t respect her more. It isn’t her responsibility to educate people, yet she has the GRACE to do it anyway. She utilizes her platform to change America. Thank you, Rachel.”
While live-tweeting Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, Burnett was additionally vocal about her help for fellow season 23 alum Heather Martin, who tried to affix Matt James’ cast.
“Yeah this show ended after MY season lol I’m out #TheBachelor,” Burnett tweeted, slamming the season 25 cast for saying “mean s—t” to Martin.
After she was accused of “trying to invalidate two out of the three seasons” with Black leads — James’ present season and Tayshia Adams’ season 16 of The Bachelorette — Burnett replied, “I made a very bad joke that I wish I could take back.”
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