Matt James is addressing the racism controversy surrounding The Bachelor host Chris Harrison.
The reality star discussed Chris Harrison‘s statement that he would step back as the host of the franchise for an indefinite amount of time after he made offensive comments that re-launched debate around the reality franchise’s troublesome history concerning race and diversity.
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The current host of Extra, Rachel Lindsay, most renowned as a contestant on season 21 of The Bachelor and as the lead on season 13 of the spinoff show The Bachelorette interviewed Harrison, who defended one of the latest contestants who was pictured in 2018 at a formal fraternity plantation.
James wrote on Instagram,
The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real-time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking, to put it bluntly.
Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch.
The reality star continued,
As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short of addressing adequately for years.