Rachel Lindsay, who, as the first black woman to serve as the incumbent Bachelorette partyHe has frequently found himself in the position of criticizing, mediating, and exposing the franchise’s multiple problems with respect to race; She has now deactivated her Instagram account, after the show’s “fans” became toxic and abusive towards her. This, in the wake of the controversy currently surrounding the controversy-prone reality series as a longtime host. Chris Harrison announced that he was “taking a stepside“ from the show for a time following an interview with Lindsay in which she went on the defensive on behalf of a contestant who was photographed participating in a “Plantation Party” that invokes the tropes and aesthetics of the slave-owning Antebellum Sur.
In his role as Extra correspondent, Lindsay walked, with poise, a incredibly complex tightrope in that interview, one what Bmissing woman are often required to performappearing simultaneously as a moral voice of a well-deserved indignation, a calm and objective evaluator of the exposed subjects, and a warm and pleasant television presence. (Harrison, meanwhile, rambled on about the “police awakening” and tried to insist that no one knew he shouldn’t dress like a slave owner in 2018). All of which apparently earned him, for his troubles, the discouraging but not unexpected tide of abuse that followed.
For Variety, Lindsay’s departure from social media was announced by her podcast co-host, Van Lathan, who pointed out in his own social networks that his friend “Dgo because that’s all the hate you’re getting from Single fans, who spam her with all sorts of rude and hateful things to say. “(She also shot Harrison, calling him”a 49-year-old man who cannot read the room in these current times of 2021 ”).
Rachael Kirkconnell, the Single contestant whose photographs began this latest iteration of The Bachelor: Still has race issues, huh?, has since joined many other voices in the franchise, asking fans not to attack Lindsay for her reasonable questioning of both Kirkconnell Harrison’s own actions and statements.
It is not yet known when, if ever, Harrison is expected to return to the franchise.