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Remember when the most dramatic part of a Bachelor was the season, like, a virgin jumping a fence in Portugal and running away from production? Simpler times. More than a week after Rachael Kirkconnell, the alleged winner of the Matt James stream Bachelor season, apologized for his history of “offensive and racist” behavior, former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay considers Kirkconnell’s subsequent call to action to be dishonest. Speaking on Tuesday Bachelor Party podcast, Lindsay noted how Kirkconnell recently posted a meticulously staged Instagram story with a copy of Uncomfortable conversations with a black man, a photo of which gave equal space to a cup of matcha tea and a fresh manicure. The 24-year-old candidate had previously said in her apology that she hoped she could “earn your forgiveness through my future actions.”
“You almost feel like you know everything you need to know about her in this photo,” Lindsay explained. “The fact that that’s what she decided to do. Several people sent me this story. His apology was well written, pretty and sincere. I’m not going to beat anyone’s apologies. But then the next step is to take action. Acting for Me doesn’t show everyone you’re reading the book. You have such a big platform. There are a lot of people out there who don’t necessarily understand what Chris said in the interview or why people are so upset, so this is your chance to explain that. Holder Bachelor and Bachelorette Host Chris Harrison, as Lindsay noted, is also embroiled in his own scandal: he first stood up for Kirkconnell’s racist past. As a result, Harrison temporarily gave up hosting the franchise and apologized to “excuse historic racism.”
“Vapid is the word that comes to mind,” Lindsay added of Kirkconnell’s choice of instagram-ify his anti-racist upbringing. “I don’t think it could get any worse, unless he chooses Rachael. From Monday Bachelor episode, three candidates remain in competition for the heart of James: Kirkconnell, Bri Springs and Michelle Young. Two of these women are way too good for him.