Matt James returned to Instagram after deactivating his account, but removed almost all Bachelor content from his grid following a racism scandal that engulfed his season.
Now when fans visit Matt’s Instagram page, they are mostly greeted by photos of the star skateboarding, hanging out with friends and working with his charity, ABC Food Tours.
James, 29, became the first Black Bachelor in the franchise’s 19-year history, but his time on the series ended in controversy after the woman he ended up casting, Rachael Kirkconnell, was photographed attending a party. theme of a plantation in 2018.
Removed! Matt James has returned to Instagram after deactivating his account, but has removed nearly all of Bachelor’s content from his grid amid a racism scandal engulfing his season.
Shortly after footage of her surfaced at the party, host Chris Harrison defended her, but this sparked a huge backlash, and the longtime host stepped aside to host the After The Final Rose special. Subsequently, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams were hired to replace him on the next season of The Bachelorette.
Despite removing all Bachelor-related content, he left his statement about the controversy surrounding Rachael and Chris, plus a photo of himself skating next to his Bachelor billboard.
Matt broke up with his last pink pick, Rachael, after the racist controversy broke out earlier this year.
The two never got engaged and ended up leaving the series in a relationship, and Matt was shocked when news about his controversial past began to circulate.
Split: The woman James gave his last rose to, Rachael Kirkconnell, was photographed attending a plantation themed party in 2018
You want to believe that you know yourself better than anyone. This controversy revolves around who Rachael is and the events she might have attended, the photos she liked, and the people she’s associated with, ” she said on After The Final Rose.
‘I’m trying to be there for her, and I dismissed them as rumors, because that’s what they were to me. You hear heartbreaking things and pray that they are not true. And then when you find out they are, it makes you question everything. ‘
Speaking of the ‘weight’ of seeing Rachael for the first time on the special, he told Good Morning America: ‘It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt the weight of everything that I was carrying throughout the season and what we were dealing with as a country and having to explain that, why I think it is problematic for me and our relationship, which was extremely difficult. ”
‘It hit me like a ton of bricks’: James described the ‘weight’ of seeing Rachael for the first time on AFTR
Rachael has repeatedly apologized for her actions.
In an Instagram video last month, Rachael responded to the controversy, which included photos of her attending the prewar-themed college party, as well as allegedly liking and sharing social media posts with the Confederate flag and the conspiracies of Qanon.
He had previously released a written statement.
At the beginning of the seven and a half minute video, Rachael said: ‘The first big step in all of this is for white people to step up and take responsibility. Things will never change if we don’t all work together to achieve this racial progress and this unity that we want. ‘
Single Again: Matt broke up with his last pink pick, Rachael, after the racism controversy broke out earlier this year.
Rachael continued to emphasize the importance of having awkward conversations and trying hard to ‘unlearn’ racism.
‘I did not recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that does not excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable and they are not okay in any way. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.
‘The learning never stops. We must all continue to educate ourselves, ” she said, pointing out to viewers the anti-racism resources in her Instagram story and bio. She included articles titled, ‘How I Faced the Truth About My Frat’s Racist History’ and ‘Why Your Native-Inspired Halloween Costume Devalues Our Indigenous Cultures.’
Putting aside: Chris Harrison has been replaced by Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.