Rachel Lindsay is talking out. The former Bachelorette is asking for a moratorium on the Bachelor franchise till it addresses and resolves its a number of controversies relating to racism and inclusivity.
“They’re about to go into production for The Bachelorette… [and] I think they should just stop until… they get the train back on the tracks,” Lindsay stated on Tuesday’s episode of her podcast, Higher Learning, which she hosts alongside Van Lathan.
“You’re going to go another season, but you still have all of these issues. How have you fixed them coming into a new season? You really haven’t,” she defined. “I think that they need to take a beat, figure things out, regroup and then bring the product back to us in a way that we can all enjoy it like we used to.”
The Bachelor franchise has been rocked by scandal and public outcry in current weeks after host Chris Harrison confronted criticism for defending Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s previous racist actions throughout an interview with Lindsay.
Both Harrison and Kirkconnell have since apologized, with the host saying that he is “stepping aside” from the franchise “for a period of time.”
After Harrison’s exit, Lindsay disabled her Instagram account as a result of Bachelor fans have been “spamming her with all kinds of rude and hateful things,” Lathan beforehand stated in a publish defending her.
“I woke up, looked at my phone, one of the first things I saw [was] something negative and I said, ‘You know what? Not today. Not even this weekend,’ and currently still not now because I’m still disabled,” Lindsay defined. “It was the best decision that I could do for myself to detach from that negativity. I needed that. I feel so much better. I’m not 100%, but I feel lighter.”
During the episode, Lindsay slammed the franchise for not talking out amid its ongoing racism controversy.
“Everyone who’s been at issue has issued an apology except for the franchise, except for the network, except for the production company. You need to hear something from them,” she stated. “… They need to come out and say something. They need to grab ahold of this and control the situation because right now, you’re letting your fans speak for you.”
“This is an audience that you have curated for 15 years until you have the first lead of color: Me. You have built this. These people feel that they had their world and now people of color are trying to mess it up,” Lindsay continued. “You did this. So you need to speak out and you need to say something. You need to undo it. And, at the moment, they’re silent.”
On Monday night, the chief producers of the collection did launch an announcement towards the web harassment Lindsay has acquired, though it didn’t tackle the overarching controversy dealing with the present itself.
Meanwhile, with Harrison deciding to quickly step again from his function as host, the present introduced that Emmanuel Acho has been tapped to host the upcoming Bachelor: After the Final Rose particular.
Recently, Acho revealed that he’d truly been approached to be on the present twice, however turned it down.
“I don’t think I could do it,” Acho stated throughout an look on the Talking It Out podcast with Bachelorette alums Bryan Abasolo and Mike Johnson. Acho revealed he’d been approached in 2017 after which once more after the publication of his e book, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
“I couldn’t be the Bachelor because I feel like people would judge me,” the previous NFL star stated. “Like, ‘You were just kissing her and now you’re kissing her? Why are you so grimy? I thought you were about uncomfortable conversations, not uncomfortable makeouts.’ I ain’t got no time for that. I’m like, let me just have my conversations. I don’t need no dream suites, no home visits.”
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