Matt James Speaks On ‘The Bachelor’ Racism Controversy
Written by BET on February 24, 2021
The Bachelor turned a scorching subject after photographs of a contestant at a plantation-themed celebration went viral. Host Chris Harrision defended the racist imagery throughout an interview with Rachel Lindsay, the primary Black bachelorette. Matt James, the show’s firsts Black bachelor, is now talking out.
James wrote on Instagram “The fact is that I am studying about these conditions in actual time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to place it bluntly.”
He continued, “Chris’s failure to obtain and perceive the emotional labor that my buddy Rachel Lindsay was taking up by graciously and patiently explaining the racist historical past of the Antebellum South, a painful historical past that each American ought to perceive intimately, was troubling and painful to look at.”
James additionally added, “As Black folks and allies instantly knew and understood, it was a transparent reflection of a a lot bigger situation that The Bachelor franchise has fallen brief on addressing adequately for years.”
In case you missed it, throughout an interview with Lindsay on Extra, Harrison requested for “compassion” for contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
“All of us have to have a little bit grace, a little bit understanding, a little bit compassion as a result of I’ve seen some stuff on-line — once more this judge-jury-executioner factor — the place individuals are simply tearing this lady’s life aside and diving into, like, her dad and mom and her dad and mom’ voting report. It is unbelievably alarming to look at this.”
When Lindsay mentioned it was not a “good look,” Harrison responded with, “Properly, Rachel is it a superb look in 2018? Or, is it not a superb look in 2021? As a result of there is a huge distinction.”
Chris Harrison has since apologized and quickly stepped down as host of The Bachelor.
Watch the change between Harrison and Rachel Lindsay under: