Fans of “Bachelor” reveled in the terrifying landing of contestant Rachael Kirkconell during a skydiving date with Matt James.
On Monday’s episode, the duo went skydiving on a date while tied up with individual pros. After Matt lands, his date comes a little quick and ends up crashing headlong into the ground. Although she was slightly beaten up, she did not suffer serious injuries despite the heavy fall to the ground. However, the terrifying moment was a small blessing for Kirkconnell, as it made the Bachelor aware of his affection for her.
However, after a controversy that saw photos of Kirkconnell resurface that showed her attending an “Old South” themed party in 2018 and sparked accusations of racism, some viewers weren’t sad to see her hurt. The 24-year-old previously issued a lengthy mea culpa on social media for her “ignorance,” but viewers still found the face plant as dessert for the contestant.
“The skydiving instructor knocked Rachel to the ground because she attended all those plantation parties. #Bachelor,” wrote a sarcastic viewer.
“I’ve never laughed so much watching the bachelor as watching Rachel crash to the ground from the sky #TheBachelor.” wrote another user.
“This is the most boring single season, seeing Rachel fall from the sky is the most dramatic thing that happened.” wrote a more disappointed viewer.
“Watching Rachel eat it while skydiving was an important moment in the history of singleness for me,” another wrote.
The resurfaced photos ended up having a much greater impact on the “Bachelor” franchise than just Kirkconnell and James. During an interview with former “Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay with host Chris Harrison for Extra, Harrison defended Kirkconnell for attending the party, saying the 2018 photos only look bad through a 2020 lens. The backlash that followed forced Harrison to apologize and reveal that he would “step aside” as the host of the show to take time for personal reflection.
Although the power landing made James fall even more in love with Kirkconnell, he spoke about the controversy on social media during the episode.
In his lengthy statement, James, who is Bachelor’s first black lead, said that “the last few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life” and that he felt the need to address the matter now, despite his season. still has several episodes to air.
He called the Kirkconnell photos “incredibly disappointing.”
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“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” said James, 29. “Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional work that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on in gently and patiently explaining that the racist story of Antebellum South, a painful story that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch. “
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Although filming for the current season of “The Bachelor” has ended, audiences still don’t know if James ultimately selected Kirkconnell as their winner.