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Trista Sutter Calls Out ‘Cancel Culture’ Amid Chris Harrison Drama

Trista Sutter weighed in on Chris Harrison’s latest step again as The Bachelor’s host following his controversial statements throughout an interview with Rachel Lindsay earlier this month.

The authentic Bachelorette, 48, stated throughout the Tuesday, February 16, episode of her “Better Etc.” podcast that she doesn’t condone racism, nor “participating in it [or] defending it.”

After Harrison, 49, didn’t denounce racism outright whereas defending season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and her alleged racist actions, Sutter requested Lindsay, 35, to be on her podcast to “discuss racial injustice” and her personal experiences with racism with a view to higher assist “all of us, including myself” to be “better allies.”

Sutter defined that the dialog was “important,” highlighting racial inequalities on the earth, but it surely additionally made the truth star understand that she is “not OK with certain people within Bachelor Nation shaming other people within Bachelor Nation who are not directly involved with this controversy because they haven’t spoken up.”

Trista Sutter and Chris Harrison. Shutterstock (2)

The Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart creator revealed that she has realized that “you never truly know what someone else is going through behind their own closed doors, so to shame people who aren’t directly involved for not using their platform in the timeframe you expect because this topic is important to you is not OK with me.”

That being stated, Sutter admitted that Harrison “should be held accountable for his words and actions.” The Indiana native additionally famous that the Bachelor Nation host is “like family” to her, however defined that “just because you’re family doesn’t mean you have to agree with the other person’s words or actions.”

The mom of two stated that she was “most definitely disappointed” watching Harrison communicate out in protection of Kirkconnell, 24, throughout his February 9 interview with Lindsay for Extra. She added: “I also had a big problem with the way he dismissed Rachel Lindsay, spoke aggressively, interrupted her, and in my opinion, didn’t give her the respect that she deserves.”

Despite his actions, Sutter stated that “I don’t agree with the concept of the cancel culture. As Rachel said on a follow-up segment on Extra, ‘Let’s not label. Let’s not cancel. But let’s hold people accountable for their actions.’”

Since making headlines for his destructive interview, Harrison has made a public apology and stepped again from his Bachelor internet hosting duties quickly.

Sutter, for her half, has chosen to “give Chris the benefit of the doubt that he will do the work that is necessary during his time away from the show to be better and learn from his mistakes. And they were mistakes.”

She continued: “I hate feeling disappointed, especially when it’s in someone that I love and care about. But I have to believe he will do the work and he will hold himself accountable. And if he doesn’t, he’s got Bachelor Nation who will do it for him.”

Harrison made waves after he instructed Lindsay throughout an Extra interview that he thought Kirkconnell, who has been accused of racist actions, shouldn’t be judged via a 2021 lens for attending a plantation-themed school occasion in 2018.

Following backlash for his phrases, the previous Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host apologized on February 10, saying, “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.”

Kirkconnell, for her half, issued an apology the next day through Instagram. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” she wrote. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Harrison then spoke out once more through Instagram on Saturday, February 13, saying he can be taking time away from the Bachelor franchise, beginning with season 25’s After the Final Rose particular. “By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable,” he wrote in a press release on the time. “I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”

Bachelor Nation has continued to rally round Lindsay for bringing consideration to Harrison’s lack of motion and the franchise’s racial ignorance generally. Many have additionally addressed Harrison’s hiatus as host, questioning whether or not it must be a everlasting change.

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