‘The Bachelor’: Matt James Finally Breaks His Silence on ‘Disappointing Photos’ of Rachel Kirkconnell

Matt JamesMatt James
Matt James | Billy Kidd via Getty Images

Why is Rachel Kirkconnell being accused of racism?

Kirkconnell came under fire following the premiere of The Bachelor when a TikTok user accused her of being racist in school. The reality star had allegedly “liked” Instagram photos of her friends posing and smiling in front of Confederate flags. Kirkconnell landed in hot water again when photos from 2018 surfaced of her at a party taking place on a Georgia plantation.

After making headlines, Kirkconnell couldn’t ignore them anymore and issued a statement claiming ignorance of her actions.

“While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address. I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong,” she said on the

Matt James is the star of The Bachelor this season on ABC. The reality TV personality is dwindling down the contestants vying for the final rose but drama has hit the show. Rachel Kirkconnell has been making headlines after fans accused her of being racist. Ahead of the episode of James meeting Kirkconnell’s parents on TV, the bachelor is breaking his silence amid the controversies.

Matt James | Billy Kidd via Getty ImagesWhy is Rachel Kirkconnell being accused of racism?

Kirkconnell came under fire following the premiere of The Bachelor when a TikTok user accused her of being racist in school. The reality star had allegedly “liked” Instagram photos of her friends posing and smiling in front of Confederate flags. Kirkconnell landed in hot water again when photos from 2018 surfaced of her at a party taking place on a Georgia plantation.

  ‘The Office’: Brian Baumgartner Shares the Secret to Kevin’s Famous Chili

After making headlines, Kirkconnell couldn’t ignore them anymore and issued a statement claiming ignorance of her actions.

“While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address. I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong,” she said on the Instagram post on February 11. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Kirkconnell apologized to the “communities and individuals” that her “actions harmed an offended.”

“I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me. I am learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist because it’s important to speak up in the moment and not after you’re called out,” she added.

Rachel Kirkconnell and Matt James from ‘The Bachelor’ | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

RELATED: ‘The Bachelor’: Matt James Felt Pressure To Choose a Black Woman at the End of the Season

Chris Harrison defends Rachel Kirkconnell

Amid The Bachelor scandal, Chris Harrison was interviewed by Rachel Lindsay to talk about Kirkconnell’s actions. The former Bachelorette star tried to make Harrison see why Kirkconnell’s photos were problematic. However, Harrison pushed back at the notion that there was anything racist about what Kirkconnell did.

“We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *