Matt James is showing his support for Rachel Lindsay following the backlash against Single host Chris Harrison and contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. In a statement on Instagram Story on Friday, James reposted Lindsay’s latest Instagram, adding his own dedicated sentiments for the former single.
“I am beyond grateful to have Rachel as a mentor this season. Your advocacy for the BIPOC people in the franchise is invaluable, I am with you and the rest of the women advocating for change and responsibility,” wrote James.
Right after james Single released last month, a TikTok user accused Kirkconnell – one of the show’s early favorites – to intimidate her in the past for dating black men. 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.
In a statement on Instagram Thursday, Kirkconnell apologized and said he hoped “to earn your forgiveness through my future actions.”
That apology came a day after Harrison issued his own statement, apologizing for “speaking incorrectly in a way that perpetuates racism” by defending Kirkconnell’s racist actions and asking people to offer their “grace” when conducting an interview. with Lindsay.
Many fans have continued to speak out against Harrison, while nearly every contestant on James’ season, including Kirkconnell, shared a post condemning “any defense of racism.”
The 35-year-old television host and first Black Bachelorette expressed that she was having a “very difficult time” accepting Harrison’s apology, during her podcast: Higher Education with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay, Friday.
“He never gave me space to speak and he never gave me space to share my perspective,” she said of her. Extra interview with Harrison. “I wasn’t trying to listen to him. I was just trying to be heard. And that’s because I felt like I had an agenda that I was really trying to push forward.”
Lindsay also shared that Harrison approached her directly before issuing a public apology. But Lindsay noticed that the Bachelor Nation host’s words didn’t ring true to her.
“I am having a hard time reasoning or assimilating and accepting this apology and I’ll tell you why,” he said. “When I finished the interview with Chris Harrison, he had no problem with it. He was fine. He texted me afterwards. He appreciated the conversation. He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll probably get a little criticism.’ He thought it was cool that we could disagree, but do it in a civilized way. “