Speaking her thoughts. Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and her “Higher Learning” podcast cohost Van Lathan hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Monday, February 15, to answer fan’s questions — and she or he didn’t maintain again.
Lindsay, 35, answered quite a few questions on completely different Bachelor Nation matters, many about race following the most recent controversy relating to Rachael Kirkconnell. The present Bachelor contestant, 24, got here underneath fireplace when previous racially charged Instagram photographs that she “liked” resurfaced, in addition to photographs of her in 2018 at an Old South get together on a plantation.
On February 9, Lindsay requested host Chris Harrison for his ideas on the posts and he seemingly defended Kirkconnell — who has since apologized — and requested the Texas native if her social media actions are solely a nasty factor as a result of it’s 2021.
“These girls got dressed up and went to a party and had a great time, they were 18 years old. Now, does that make it OK? I don’t know Rachel, you tell me,” the producer, 49, mentioned throughout an Extra interview. “Were we all looking through [that lens] in 2018?”
After backlash, Harrison later apologized and has briefly stepped away from the present, saying he is not going to host the upcoming After the Final Rose particular.
“I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed,” his February 10 assertion learn. “While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry.”
However, that dialog and Kirkconnell’s social media previous are solely the most recent points with the franchise, which up till January 2021, by no means had a Black Bachelor.
During the AMA, Lindsay revealed what adjustments the present must endure and likewise spoke out about Hannah Brown, who got here underneath fireplace in May after saying the N-word throughout an Instagram Live and vowed to do higher.
Scroll by the gallery beneath for a breakdown of what Lindsay mentioned through the AMA: