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'The Bachelor's Rachael Kirkconnell Tells People to 'Please Stop' Defending Her Amid Racism Controversy

Rachael Kirkconnell is once again addressing her racism controversy.

After issuing a written apology a few weeks ago after a photo resurfaced online of her attending a plantation-themed party, the 24-year-old The Bachelor contestant shared a new video on Thursday (February 25) where she said that moving forward, she will dedicate her platform to sharing anti-racism resources.

“Over the last few weeks, since I put my statement out, I’ve gotten a lot of messages,” Rachael started in a video posted on Instagram. “I’ve got a lot of people asking me, well, what have you done to change since then? And I’ve also had a lot of people message me saying that they aren’t understanding why people are so upset. But they want to, and they’ve asked for resources, which I think is great.”

Rachael Kirkconnell tells people to stop defending her

Rachael then went on to condemn the people that said that she didn’t do anything wrong by attending the party or dressing up as a Native American at another party.

“But then there’s also people messaging me saying ‘You know, you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t listen to people,’” Rachael continued. “I think that the first big step in all of this is white people stepping up and taking accountability. Things will never change if we don’t all work together in working towards this racial progress and this unity that we want.”

Rachael also told those people that are defending her to “please stop.”

“If you are in my comments or defending me anywhere telling people that I did nothing wrong, that there’s nothing to be hurt about, there’s nothing to be angry about or offended about, please stop,” Rachael said. “That’s not our place to tell people what they can and can’t be offended about. That’s wrong and that’s part of the problem.”

“So please stop saying that I did nothing wrong. That’s not true,” Rachael said, adding that instead people should “encourage others around you to do better.”

Rachael‘s video comes a few days after current Bachelor Matt James spoke out about her past racist actions as well as host Chris Harrison‘s decision to step away from the franchise after he faced backlash for defending Rachael against the “woke police.”

ABC also recently discussed the future of theBachelor franchise amid the ongoing racial controversy.

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'The Bachelor' Producers Working to Make 'Appropriate Changes' Amid Chris Harrison Racism Controversy

Things are going to be different going forward with the The Bachelor.

Amid the ongoing racism controversy that is happening behind-the-scenes during Matt James‘ season of the reality show, an inside source says ABC is working to make “appropriate changes” to the franchise.

“A lot of work is being done behind the scenes to make the appropriate changes and proper moves going forward with the franchise,” the source shared with People.

For those that don’t know, Rachael received backlash after photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party. People also discovered that she “liked” photos that featured friends posing in front of Confederate flags.

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison then gave an interview in which he defended her and he said some really terrible things, which led to him stepping away from the remainder of the season.

The source also added that, “there are talks happening regarding Chris Harrison and his future with the show.”

Earlier this week, Matt finally broke his silence on Rachael and Chris‘ controversies while also talking about his experience as The Bachelor.

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Matt James will have a brand new look in the upcoming episode of The Bachelor, which airs next week!

A preview was shown for the upcoming “Women Tell All” episode, which was filmed after the events of the season, and Matt, 29, debuted a brand new beard.

We already saw the beard when Matt was doing press for the season, but this will be the first time we see it on the show.

On the latest episode of The Bachelor, Matt went on hometown dates with the final four women and then one of them decided to eliminate herself from the competition because she couldn’t see a future between the two of them. He then gave roses to the final three women who remained.

Watch the preview for the “Women Tell All” episode and the fantasy suite dates below.

'The Bachelor' 2021: Matt James' Final Three Revealed After a Contestant Eliminates Herself

The hometown dates on The Bachelor just took place and Matt James met the families of the final four women.

The dates didn’t go exactly as planned after one of the women decided to leave the show after she realized that she didn’t see a future between Matt and herself.

After this contestant decided to leave after her hometown date, the other three women showed up for the rose ceremony and were shocked to not see her there. Before he handed out the roses, Matt told the final three ladies to think hard before accepting the roses as they shouldn’t accept one if they don’t want to be there.

Before the episode aired on Monday night (February 22), Matt spoke out about the controversy surrounding one of the final four women and the comments made by host Chris Harrison in a recent interview about it all.

Click inside to see who went home and who the final three are… More Here! »

Matt James Breaks Silence on Rachael Kirkconnell Controversy & His Experience as 'The Bachelor'

Matt James, the first Black star of The Bachelor, is speaking out in a new statement about his experience on the show and the controversy surrounding contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.

For those that don’t know, Rachael received backlash after photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party. People also discovered that she “liked” photos that featured friends posing in front of Confederate flags.

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison then gave an interview in which he defended her and he said some really terrible things, which led to him stepping away from the remainder of the season.

Now, Matt is finally breaking his silence on everything that happened.

Click inside to read his statement… More Here! »

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'The Bachelor' Alum Demi Burnett Apologizes for Wearing Confederate Flag Jacket in Resurfaced Photo

Demi Burnett is addressing her social media controversy.

This week, a photo surfaced online of the 25-year-old former The Bachelor contestant wearing a jacket that had a Confederate flag on it.

On Tuesday (February 16), Demi took to Twitter to share a few videos where she apologized for wearing the jacket.

“F–k it. People are telling me I shouldn’t say anything, I’m going to say something about this,” Demi started. “So, there’s been this picture that’s been resurfaced of me wearing a jacket that had a Confederate flag on it. That jacket was given to me by my ex, his dad actually gave it to me, and I had no idea the weight that the Confederate flag held whenever I was wearing it.”

“I just wore it for that one night, and it was a Yeezy jacket,” Demi continued, referencing Kanye West‘s fashion brand. “I thought it was so cool. I was like, ‘Yeah, Yeezy.’ I didn’t even pay attention to that.”

Demi then went on to say that she was “ignorant” for wearing the jacket.

“That’s ignorance,” Demi said. “That’s ignorant of me not to pay attention to the Confederate flag. Even more ignorant of me to not even know how harmful that is to people.”

At the end of the first video, Demi admitted that she “royally f–ked up wearing that,” adding that she’s “so f–king sorry.”

Demi first appeared as a contestant on Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor in 2019. She then appeared on Bachelor in Paradise that summer where she made history by being in the franchise’s first same-sex couple with Kristian Haggerty. The two announced their separation a few months later.

In the second video, Demi admitted that she’s been “an ignorant, self-absorbed sack of s**t for most of my life.”

“I genuinely had no idea what I was representing by wearing the jacket. I have no excuses, other than ignorant, self-absorbed sack of s–t,” Demi said. “Disgusted with myself. I suck for that. I suck very badly for that. I know better now. Did not know better then.”

Demi ended her video by encouraging her followers to “be better than me.”

“Don’t look up to me. Look up to being better than me, ’cause I f**king suck and I really f**king hate myself for being ignorant,” Demi concluded. “This is the time to change the world, make it better and I made it worse. So I’m really, really sorry.”

Demi‘s apology comes a few days after The Bachelor host Chris Harrison announced he was going to step away from the franchise for a “period of time” amid a racism controversy.

Rachel Lindsay Reacts to Chris Harrison Stepping Away from 'The Bachelor' Franchise

Rachel Lindsay is speaking out in response to The Bachelor host Chris Harrison‘s decision to step away from the franchise for a “period of time” amid a racism controversy.

Chris‘ decision to step away from the show happened after he defended The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell against claims that she had been racist in her past behavior. During the interview with Rachel Lindsay, he said that the “woke police” was out to get her and that there is a difference in how one behaves in 2018 vs. in 2021.

Chris later apologized for his words, but the damage was done and Rachel, a former star of The Bachelorette who now works for Extra, said that she is leaving the franchise when her current contract is over.

Now, Rachel is speaking out in response to Chris‘ apology and his announcement to take time away from the franchise.

Click inside to find out what she said… More Here! »