‘Bachelor’ Staples Harrison Reacts to Racially Insensitive Comments
The current star of “The Bachelor” Matt James has spoken out amid the ongoing scandal of the show.
The program garnered negative attention following the resurgence of contestant Rachel Kirkconnell who attended an “Old South” themed party at a planting in 2018.
Then longtime host Chris Harrison conducted an interview with former “Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsey, who first made history as a black bachelorette, in which she defended Kirknell in interviews.
It tried to publicly apologize to the 49-year-old star, after which the time for personal reflection came to an end.
Earlier reports surfaced due to the reduced number of tickets for ‘The Bessler’.
Now, James has Moved to instagram To address the case.
In his lengthy statement, James – who is the first black lead to graduate – said that “the last few weeks have been the most challenging of my life,” and he felt he needed to address the matter now, despite the weather. There are still several episodes yet to air.
He Kirkconnell’s photographs are said to be “incredibly disappointing”.
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“The reality is that I am learning about these situations in real time, and it is devastating and heartbreaking,” said 29-year-old James. “Chris’ failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was patiently and patiently explaining was the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American must understand, and is disturbed to see. Was painful. “
Filming for the season is already wrapped up, meaning that James has likely selected a winner and is no longer watching Rose Harrison.
“Black people and associates were immediately aware and understood that this was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that the Bachelor franchise has fallen short on adequately addressing for years,” he said. “This moment has fueled critical dialogue and reporting, raised important questions, and is the result of inspiring displays of solidarity from The Bachelorette Nation.”
James explained that he has been chosen to “reevaluate and process” his time on the show and that of others of color – especially black contestants.
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“I will continue to process this experience, and you will hear more from me in the end,” he concluded. “My greatest prayer is that it is a inflection point that results in real and institutional change for the better.”
Kirkconnell has also apologized for his past actions, which he called “racist and degrading”.
Representatives for the show and Harrison did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.
Granthshala News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report