Matt James Notes Chris Harrison’s ‘Failure’ In Addressing Rachael Controversy
Matt James issued a prolonged assertion earlier than Monday’s episode, noting Chris Harrison’s “failure” and praising contestants who’ve spoken out.
Matt James has issued a prolonged assertion on Instagram concerning the controversy surrounding Bachelor Nation, and he’s not taking Chris Harrison’s facet. The Bachelor lead, like the ladies of his forged and numerous former contestants and leads, sides with Rachel Lindsay and disapproves of the way in which Chris dealt with the interview on Additional.
On Lindsay’s Greater Studying podcast with Van Lathan, the 2 mentioned what must occur subsequent following Harrison’s announcement that he could be stepping away from the present for an undisclosed time period. Lindsay stated she needed James to talk out and denounce Harrison’s implicit racism. It clearly is a troublesome spot for James, who very presumably should still be along with the lady whose racist previous was the impetus for the following controversy. And his season, containing a number of extra pre-recorded episodes with Harrison on the helm, remains to be airing. Nonetheless, as the primary Black Bachelor, James knew he may now not be silent.
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In an Instagram submit launched a couple of hours earlier than the airing of Monday’s episode, James wrote that “Chris’ failure to obtain and perceive the emotional labor that my pal Rachel Lindsay was taking up by graciously and patiently explaining the historical past of the Antebellum South, a painful historical past that each American ought to perceive intimately, was troubling and painful to look at.” Learn the total submit under:
James doesn’t maintain again in saying that Kirkconnell’s images have been “disappointing.” He praises the solidarity of the previous few casts, in addition to previous contestants in utilizing their platform to talk out in opposition to injustice. And regardless of this being “a few of the most difficult” few weeks of his life, James guarantees to say extra concerning the situation earlier than his season is within the rearview mirror.
Whereas a lot of this was not James’ accountability, as a Black man who indicators as much as be the lead of a present with a racist previous, he was at all times going to be judged by his silence. It’s possible extra by design than by chance that somebody with a historical past of racism was one among James’ frontrunners. Harrison wasn’t attempting to defend Kirkconnell in his now notorious tirade on Additional with Lindsay; he was defending himself. As he loses sponsors and the help of a lot of his current casts, Harrison will quickly notice his solely alternative is to let another person take the lead.
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