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In an op-ed for New York Magazine, recalled asking Harrison about the rumors surrounding contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after she was embroiled in a racism scandal.

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“The franchise has 19 cultivating a toxic audience,” Lindsay said. “They have constantly given it a product it wants: a midwestern/southern white, blonde, light-eyed Christian. Not all viewers are like that. ‘My Higher Learning‘ co-host and I have divided it — there is a Nation, and there is a Bachelor Klan.”

According to Lindsay, the “Bachelor Klan” is “hateful, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic…They are afraid of change. They are afraid to be uncomfortable. They are afraid when they get called out.”

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“We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen some stuff online — again, this ‘judge,
jury, executioner’ thing, where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record,” Harrison responded to Lindsay. He later issued an apology.

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Lindsay said that she would not describe Harrison as a friend but during her season of The Bachelorette, “he became someone who gave me advice on how to navigate the show and the celebrity of it. I called him my fairy godfather. We’d had our highs and lows, but there had been mutual respect until this interview.”

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“It’s funny to think that in 2018, when it was still ‘acceptable’ for Rachael K. to attend a racist fraternity party, it had only been one year since I became the first Black lead — male or female — in the 16-year, 34-season history of the show,” Lindsay said in response to Harrison asking if Kirkconnell’s actions were “not a good look in 2018, or is it not a good look in 2021?”

Kirkconnell issued an apology for her “racist” and “offensive” actions and pledged to use her platform to share anti-racism resources.

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I had to be a good Black girl, an exceptional Black girl. I had to be someone the viewer could accept. And I was a token until I made sure I wasn’t. The thing is, the day I went on the show, I didn’t wake up and say, ‘You know what? I’m going to start standing up for myself.’ I was taught at a very young age to speak up about injustices. It was no different with Bachelor Nation. And I don’t think they ever saw it coming,” Lindsay explained.

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After the story was published, Lindsay also noted that the headline “Oops, I Blew Up The Bachelor,” was “very disappointing and disrespectful.”

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