Rachel Lindsay has left social media.
The former bachelorette – who has played a prominent role in the ongoing franchise scandal revolving around suitor Rachel Kirkconnell, host Chris Harrison, and the subject of race – completely deleted her Instagram late last week.
We learned this from Van Latham, Lindsay’s Higher Education Podcast Partner.
Lathan said in a video he posted on his Instagram account on Friday:
She did because that’s the amount of hate she gets from the Bachelor’s fans who send her all kinds of rude and obnoxious things to say. ”
Lathan continued to defend Lindsay from backlash, saying:
“You have to rise from life. Seriously.”
Several weeks ago, Lindsay gave an interview to Harrison in which the latter withheld the verdict on Kirkconnell after a series of inappropriate photos appeared on social media.
They have appeared in the Season 25 contestant in love with the Confederate flag and attending a farmer’s themed party in 2018.
In the end Rachel apologized and admitted that some of her previous behavior was “Racist and wrong“.
However, Harrison mostly stood by Kirkconnell, ignoring how people of color felt about her actions and asking for “sympathy and grace” – for Kirkconnell.
The host went on to release his mea culpa and said he would be stepping down temporarily as the Bachelor host.
“It was never my intention to see Chris Harrison step aside, but it was my intention for others to see and hear this interview,” in response to this news.
“It is important to increase and highlight these discussions.
“The only way to do this is to have these uncomfortable conversations so we can understand the underlying and underlying racial issues that exist within our society.
“When we learn to recognize the implicit and unconscious bias that the history of our environments has taught us, then we can challenge each other to be better for ourselves but also for this community.”
Lindsay, who has always been criticized for how The Bachelor handles diversity, has said at other times that she might sever ties with the franchise altogether.
On Friday, Latham continued to criticize critics of someone willing to take on important issues.
“Rachel is not responsible for Chris Harrison, 49, a man who cannot read the room once in 2021. She is not responsible for that,” he said.
“It is not her job to make excuses or provide cover for someone who does not understand what motivates people in today’s world. It is not like that.
“You’re chasing after the wrong person.”
The media outlet ended with a message of condolences to the star, saying:
“Rachel, we love you, we are with you.”
Other Bachelor Nation residents feel the same, too.
Becca Kefrin said after Lindsay deleted her Instagram:
“Harassment, cruelty and racism are a major issue, and that’s okay.
“You are right, Rachel and I are friends in real life and unfortunately the world cannot see our personal interactions on a daily basis, and the details are not anyone’s business.
“Just know that I hold her back and support her any time or breaks she needs right now. Appreciate the anxiety.”
Nick Vial has been added:
“It’s sad that this has to be said, but Chris Harrison is in the position that he is because of what he said, not because of anything Rachel did.
“If you want to support Chris while he’s frustrated, you should be able to do it without showing hate to anyone else. I realize this is evident to most of the people reading this, but if you are one of the people who sent hate or racist comments to Rachel, please throw A serious look at what is in your heart.
“Your priorities are seriously out of control.”
We’ll give JoJo Fletcher the last word:
it’s a [sic] Honestly so sad that I have to write this letter, but unfortunately it is not a new topic of concern.
If you follow me and think it’s okay to post hateful, vile, and harassing comments, please take a moment of deep self-reflection and understand what it says about you.
Hear that Rachel Lindsay has had to deactivate her BC account for terrible bullying happening something horrible and unacceptable.
We need to be united and be kinder to each other. Please – if you’re on the wrong side of this, do better.