Matt James breaks silence on Rachael Kirkconnell controversy and her experience as a ‘single’
Matt James, the first black star of The Bachelor, speaks in a new statement about his experience on the show and the controversy surrounding contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
For those who don’t know, Rachael has received backlash after photos posted of her attending a plantation-themed party. People also found that she “liked” photos of friends posing in front of Confederate flags.
Bachelor host Chris Harrison then gave an interview in which he stood up for her and said some really terrible things which caused him to walk away from the rest of the season.
Now Matt finally breaks his silence about everything that has happened.
Click inside to read his statement …
“These last few weeks have been some of the most difficult of my life, and while there are several episodes remaining in the season, it is important that I take the time to address the issue. information which has appeared since filming was completed, including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison. The reality is I’m learning these situations in real time, and it’s been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly, ”Matt said in his statement.
He continued, “Chris’ failure to receive and understand the emotional work my friend Rachel Lindsay was undertaking in gracefully and patiently explaining the racist story of Antebellum South, a painful story that every American should understand intimately, was unsettling. and painful to watch. . As Blacks and their allies immediately knew and understood, this was a clear reflection of a much larger problem that The Bachelor franchise has failed to adequately address for years.
“This moment sparked critical conversations and reporting, raised important questions and sparked inspiring displays of solidarity for the notion of Bachelor. It also prompted me to re-evaluate and process what my experience on The Bachelor means, not only to me, but to all contestants of color, especially the black contestants this season and this season, and to you, the candidates of color. home viewers. ,” he added.
Matt concluded, “I will continue to process this experience and you will hear more from me at the end. My biggest prayer is that this be an inflection point that results in real and institutional change for the better.
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