Rachel Lindsay took down her Instagram after a spate of harassment from the Bachelor Nation.
Amid ongoing discussions of racism surrounding the ABC franchise and Chris Harrison “walking away” from the show, Lindsay’s “Higher Learning” podcast co-host Van Lathan announced that she disabled her account on the social media platform. on Friday.
“She did it because that’s the hate she gets from ‘Bachelor’ fans spamming her with all kinds of rude and hateful things to say,” she said in an Instagram video.
He added: “You all must have a shitty life. Seriously.”
Earlier this month, Lindsay, who was the first black “Bachelorette” on the hit reality series in 2017, confronted host Chris Harrison about current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s alleged past racist behavior.
“I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago, and that’s it, boom. This girl is in this book now, and now she’s in this group, and I say, really? “Harrison, 49, said defending Kirkconnell, 24. When Lindsay, 35, pointed out that it was a” prewar party from the Old South, “Harrison responded,” Is it [not] a good look in 2018, or is it not a good look in 2021? “
After the interview, Harrison apologized admitting that he spoke “in a way that perpetuates racism” and soon announced that he would be leaving the show.
Lindsay said Harrison made the right decision by exiting the franchise, but Lathan says the backlash has caused him to leave social media.
“Rachel is not responsible for Chris Harrison, a 49-year-old man who cannot read the room in this time of 2021. She is not responsible for that,” he said. “It’s not their job to make excuses or cover someone who doesn’t understand what the heck is causing people in today’s world. Is not. You’re going after the wrong person. “
“Rachel, we love you, we are with you,” he concluded.
Kirkconnell, who is currently competing on Matt James’ season of “The Bachelor,” also apologized for her past behavior and asked fans to stop defending her this week.
“If you are in my comments or defend me somewhere by telling people that I did nothing wrong, that there is nothing to be hurt about, that there is nothing to be angry or offended about, please stop,” he said. , adding: place to tell people what they may or may not be offended about. That is wrong. And that is part of the problem. So please stop saying I didn’t do anything wrong. That is not true.”
James, 29, also broke his silence last week saying it has been “devastating and heartbreaking” to learn of these situations.