Chris Harrison spoke about the allegations that have followed Rachael Kirkconnell. Here’s why fans are upset over his dismissive comments.
Chris Harrison got into very hot water after an interview with Extra correspondent and former single Rachel Lindsay. This is what the host of a lifetime The Bachelor He said it caused such an uproar at the Bachelor Nation.
Harrison’s controversial comments came during an interview he had with Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette who is now a correspondent for Extra. Chris came to shed some light on the issues surrounding current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. Kirkconnell has been responsible for racist behavior since the season began, but concerns increased last week when photos of Kirkconnell allegedly appeared at an Old South Ball in 2018. The dance was organized by Kappa Alpha, a fraternity that has historical ties to him. KKK and the Confederacy. The Old South Balls were officially banned by the fraternity in 2016, but the Georgia College & State University chapter, Kirkconnell’s alma mater, ignored the ban and threw their annual pre-war dance on a plantation in Georgia. Fans were outraged by the inherent racism related to the “Old South” celebration and wondered if Kirkconnell would talk about his participation in the dance. Instead, Harrison seemed to speak for her.
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Harrison in Extra informed the Bachelor Nation that a statement was to be received from Kirkconnell. However, Chris couldn’t succinctly ask fans to wait to hear from her; instead, he ranted angrily at Lindsay about the “I woke up the police“and cancel the culture. The first two minutes of the interview with Lindsay is what infuriated most of the fans. It begins by asking the fans to have understanding and compassion for Kirkconnell and not take on the role of”Judge, Jury, Executioner.“Then he seems to try to downplay Kirkconnell’s past, saying”I saw a picture of her in a sorority 5 years ago,“And Lindsay points out that it was from 2018, which is three years ago. Harrison apparently continues to defend Kirkconnell (while repeating that he is not trying to defend her), asking”Does it look good in 2018 or does it look good in 2021? Because there is a big difference.“Lindsay responds that it never looks good, but Harrison continues his defense, saying that”50 million people did that in 2018, that was a kind of party that a lot of people attended.“
Harrison continues to make excuses for Kirkconnell during the 13-minute interview, claiming he was 18 at the time of the party, which is incorrect; I was 21 years old and in the last year of college. She also tries to explain Kirkconnell’s rationale for attending the dance, saying that for her it was probably just an excuse to get dressed and go to a party. Try again to excuse the problem under the pretext that we were not analyzing the problems in the same way “lens“In 2018 as we are now and Kirkconnell probably wasn’t thinking about the story behind the Ball. Harrison’s condescending tone when he explained to the first Black Bachelorette why he shouldn’t be offended by Kirkconnell’s actions isn’t the only thing that annoys. Single fans. Harrison appeared to use this topic as a forum to vent his frustrations with the “woke up the police“that they have thrown”this poor girl Kirkconell“”to the lions“Then she complains that fans didn’t give Hannah Brown enough time after she said the N word on her Instagram Live, and now we’re not giving Kirkconnell adequate time to.”gain some perspective“and talk about this herself.
Many Bachelor fans viewed this interview as more than just Harrison defending a contestant on the show he hosts. His tone when he called out to people who accused Republicans of being racists “just as bad“Like the defendants, his tirade against social media nullifies the culture by not allowing people to”Grace,“and his disregard for the opinion of the woman of color who interviewed him came off as troubling to fans. Ultimately, however, it was his defense of Kirkconnell’s actions that led to a petition for Harrison to be removed from his role as host of The Bachelor. The petition grew to more than 20,000 signatures and counting. Harrison also had to write a statement of apology due to the backlash from the interview. He apologized for “speaking incorrectly in a way that perpetuates racism“and for not listening to her”friend“Lindsay on a topic she has”first-hand knowledge of.“
Harrison promised a statement from Kirkconnell will come. He also promised to ask her the tough questions on the reunion show, which should be filmed soon. It is now clear that fans of The Bachelor They are more than passive viewers, they are active participants in the show and its repercussions in the real world.
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