‘Bachelorette’ season 16 contestants rally to denounce racist behavior and ‘any defense of it’

Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ Men of the Season High school they are talking.

In a group statement shared on the cast’s individual Instagram accounts on Friday, the men jointly stated that they denounced “racist behavior and any defense of it.” The message was published after comments made by Single Host Chris Harrison Tuesday during an interview with former single Rachel Lindsay sparked controversy. ET has reached out to Warner Bros. and ABC for comment.

“As members of season 16 of High school, it is important that we recognize where we are at the moment, “the statement read.” We had the opportunity to be a part of one of the most diverse casts in franchise history. The addition of more people who identify as BIPOC (black, indigenous and of color) has opened the conversation about race, community and who we are as people. A conversation that has been long overdue. “

“We are united in denouncing racist behavior and any defense of it. We are also united with the women of season 25 of The Bachelor, who have denounced the same thing,” the statement continues. “Additionally, we are united with Rachel Lindsay, who has led the way.”

Ivan B. Hall was among the first to share the statement on Friday, adding the caption: “We have a new wave of cast members who come across people and I love it.”

“A special thanks to @therachlindsay and @taymocha for keeping it down,” he wrote. “I hope it is a relief that others and I are with you and can move forward together. An extra thanks to all white allies (especially @ashleyspivey).”

The message comes just a day after Matt James’s Women of the Season The Bachelor they shared a message of their own united.

“We are the women of Single season 25. Twenty-five women identifying as BIPOC participated in this historic season that was intended to represent change, “the statement said.” We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any advocacy of racism. Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and ongoing experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences must not be exploited or tokenized. ”

“Rachel Lindsay continues to advocate ‘gracefully’ for people who identify as BIPOC within this franchise. Just because she speaks louder does not mean that she is alone,” they added. “We are with her, we listen to her and we advocate for change with her.”

In the interview to which the contestants react, Harrison defended the Single contestant Rachel Kirkconnell of the accusations of racism and encouraged people to offer their “grace”. After James Single premiere, a user on TikTok accused Kirkconnell of intimidating her in the past for dating black men, and last week another user accused Kirkconnell of liking racist photos. Photos of Kirkconnell have also appeared in an old south plantation themed party while I was in college.

Harrison later apologized on Instagram for “speaking incorrectly in a way that perpetuates racism” during the interview. Kirkconnell also issued an apology Thursday for his “offensive and racist” actions and reposted the letter from his co-stars on his Instagram story.

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