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Chris Harrison temporarily stepping away from The Bachelor over racism controversy

Bonfires Down

Jul 31, 2007
So I'm guessing not many of you follow Bachelor stuff, but this has been a real shitstorm over the last few days. Honestly, I'm just laughing at the bizarre overreaction but I still find it intriguing to keep up with.

Harrison has received widespread criticism after an interview on “Extra” with former “Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay, where he spoke extensively through a 14-minute discussion, seemingly defending a racist social media controversy swirling around Kirkconnell, who had former photos resurface on social media — in the images, she is seen attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, and she also allegedly liked photos on social media containing the Confederate flag.

In the statement, issued on Saturday, Harrison apologized again for his comments about Kirkconnell’s resurfaced photos. “By excusing historical racism, I defended it,” Harrison wrote. “I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”

“To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologie for my ignorance and any pain it caused you,” Harrison continued. “I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism.”



Older than air but younger than the foundations of the earth
Apr 23, 2018
Some people want to be outraged so badly. Those antebellum balls may be relics of the South but they're not racist in and of themselves.


Jul 17, 2020
Forced compliance theory, by fear and punishment rather than reward. Oh yeah, this definitely won’t fail.


Feb 5, 2013
i dont understand this controversy. this guy wasnt at the party. the party itself was not controversial or pictures of it wouldnt be so widely available. it seems to be the norm. its not like they were out there lynching slaves. its a fucking formal.

what are they gonna do? cancel all the girls pictured there? is going to that party a crime now? of course not, thats why they are going after this guy for literally just saying everyone was doing these parties in 2018.


Jan 1, 2011
I read it as this guy

creeping too young GIF


Feb 24, 2012
United Kingdom
Well said. I’m so sick of everyone being so fucking sensitive over EVERYTHING.
I was expecting to see a blackface and all sorts of genuinely offensive stuff in these photos, but I’m just seeing dresses. Is that really it?

I’m still convinced it isn’t offended idiots alone, and the majority of the leaders are bored trolls who stepped up their game from being a solo act on message boards to directing groups of morons like puppeteers just because they can, because if anyone genuinely got offended by people wearing dresses they used to wear in the same time period that slavery existed then they deserve a certificate of idiocy and possibly a full time cared to support them through the difficult things in life like tying their shoelaces.

It would make sense if it was media driven, because at least the manufactured controversy is motivated by money.