Tayshia Adams expresses her disappointment at Chris Harrison’s comments during her interview with Rachel Lindsay earlier this week. In an Instagram story on Friday, the former single told her followers she was “really hurt” by what happened this week, following the backlash against the Single presenter and contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
“I am really hurt, disappointed and confused by ignorance when it comes to the race. But the things that have come to light about him Single Last week’s franchise was an eye-opener for me and I want to talk about the interview between Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay about some of the actions of a current contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, “Adams said.” The photo that she was in is racist. The party he attended, racist. His actions have been racist. When there are blatant forms of racist acts, you cannot be on the defensive. It says it all and I just have to say that this answer hurts a lot. “
In an interview with Lindsay, Harrison defended the current Single contestant Kirkconnell of the accusations of racism and encouraged people to offer their “grace”. After Matt 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.
Adams, meanwhile, continued on his Instagram story, letting people know that he would be discussing the matter in more depth on his podcast. Click Bait.
“I really hope that when it comes to changing and trying to do better, every positive step is not two steps behind, because that’s how it feels and it doesn’t feel right,” Adams said. “But I also want to thank everyone who has grown up together from the franchise and stood up and said something. I see you, I hear you, I thank you. I appreciate you. Let’s be better.”
Since then, several former Bachelor Nation stars have spoken out on social media condemning Harrison’s comments. The Bachelor contestants from season 25 and Bachelorette partyThe men of season 16 also came together to denounce racist behavior in joint statements. Current bachelor Matt James also sent his support to Lindsay.
Lindsay, meanwhile, said during her podcast: Higher Education with Van Lathan and Rachel LindsayOn Friday, he was having a hard time accepting Harrison’s apology. She also shared that Harrison reached out to her directly before issuing a public apology, but noted 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. “
“It wasn’t until the backlash came, it wasn’t until people started talking, people started demanding and asking for different things that he then apologized to me and then publicly apologized,” he said.
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