Bachelor Cast Shares Joint Statement in Support of Rachel Lindsay: "We Denounce Any Defense of Racism”

The cast of The Bachelor Season 25 has issued a joint statement supporting Rachel Lindsay and denouncing Chris Harrison’s recent defense of Rachael Kirkconnell’s racism.

“We are the women of Bachelor Season 25,” the statement reads. “Twenty-five women who identify as BIPOC were cast on this historic season that was meant to represent change. We are deeply disappointed and want to make it clear that we denounce any defense of racism. Any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized.”

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The statement continues, “Rachel Lindsay continues to advocate with ‘grace’ for individuals who identify as BIPOC within this franchise. Just because she is speaking the loudest, doesn’t mean she is alone. We stand with her, we hear her, and we advocate for change alongside her.”

Rachel posted the statement to her Instagram Stories, saying “this is everything…this truly moved me. Thank you ladies.”

Chris Harrison has released an apology to Rachel Lindsay, saying “I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has firsthand understanding of.”

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Meanwhile, Rachael Kirkconnell broke her silence last night, saying in part “Racial progress and unity are impossible without (white) accountability, and I deserve to be held accountable for my actions.”

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