Chris Harrison’s ‘Bachelor’ future up in the air as Matt James, Bachelor Nation speak out
As Harrison’s shootouts grow louder, Matt James, the show’s First black bachelor In season 25, Break his silence Around the controversy before Monday’s new episode. James specifically cited Harrison’s “disturbing and painful” words as an excuse for historical racism. Harrison Apologized And announced on February 13 that he was temporarily “stepping aside”, after defending Rafael Kirkconnell in the front Previous racist actions.
“Chris’s failure to achieve and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay politely and patiently explained in explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American must understand, is disturbing to see and Was painful, “James Harrison said on the interview Apart from. “As black people and associates immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue the Bachelor The franchise has been reduced over the years to adequately address. “
As before Single And Bachelor in heaven The contestant Taylor nolan, Harrison’s words are not surprising to many in Bachelor Nation.
The psychiatrist tells Yahoo Entertainment, “I was surprised that he didn’t catch himself. I was surprised that he’s not as well-trained as he is.” He said, “He just put his truth out. Let go, which many of us already know, but he never did. No Surprised that he didn’t catch himself because he really believes what he was saying, he didn’t really think he was saying anything wrong. He thought it was a great conversation! “
During Harrison’s conversation with Lindsay, he asked people to show Kirkconnell a little “grace” after coming to attend an antebellum-themed party in 2018. He also said that it is not appropriate for people to lose their and their parents’ voting records. . Nolan believes Harrison was “in a way, trying to defend himself” in that interview. (Lindsey, who was selected as the first black lead in 2017, Said something similar.)
“Who do you vote [does say something about you], “she tells.” I think he was doing a project on Rachel Kay. These are things that people in the franchise know… well. That Chris is more conservative, that he is a Republican, that he is a very wealthy older white man in a high position of power, who rarely, if ever, shares his power with marginalized groups of people. “
Harrison has not spoken publicly about his own political views. Yahoo reached out to its publicist for comment, but did not immediately respond.
according to Talk with taylor nolan The podcast host, some former non-white contestants who felt “a little uneasy around Harrison”, gave his political views.
“And not only because of his own personal stance, or lack of it publicly, but also because he represents the franchise, and the franchise has not represented the BIPOC community, did not represent the non-heretical community. Having more [represents] Thin beauty european standards Our mainstream culture says this, “she says.” Because Chris represents who the franchise represents, I think it’s no secret to many individuals. “
Is a spokesperson for Graduate diversity campaign It also states that the Yahoo group was not surprised after Harrison’s comments made headlines.
“We’re all fans of the show and the reason we get along is because we know the Bachelor There is a race problem. Chris Harrison, as executive producer and the face of the franchise, plays a part in it. It is sometimes coded, or what is missing rather than what has been seen, but it always has been. Now it’s just amplified, “the group says.” We are also not surprised by the results. This has been a long time coming. … as Rachel [Lindsay] That, he said, was Chris’s only decision to speak surprisingly and publicly in his dismissal of racism. “
Evan Hall, a fan-favorite from Tessia Adams’ season The bachelorette, Told I! News He will not do Bachelor in heaven With Harrison as the host. the former Bachelorette And Bachelor in heaven Star Mike Johnson believes Harrison should be “to be shelved“From the franchise, but not canceled. Nolan believes the Bachelor The franchise “can absolutely run” without the franchise as the host.
“The amount of airtime he gets, it’s not like he’s narrating the whole show. I mean, before I go on the show, I’d fast forward all the talks that people have with Chris because he’s Not really asking the real questions! ”Nolan says, but says the decision ultimately lies with ABC and Warner Bros.
“I think ABC and Warner Bros. have to be willing to change their franchise, to change their franchise, to change the face of their franchise, to take their risk. And it’s a difficult position to fill. Can be. Is very dedicated to Bachelor Nation [Harrison]. They feel very strongly about him. Therefore, it is certainly a difficult decision, but clearly, it is an easy one at this point, ”Nolan explains.
Yahoo reached out to Warner Bros. for comment about Harrison’s future, but did not immediately receive a response.
Two Change.org petitions have been made, one of which Keep harrison And one Fire harrison, The latter’s signature is more than double. But the Bachelor Diversity Camp hopes that the important message is not lost in the “canceled culture”.
A spokesperson for the group addressed Harrison directly, saying, “We hope that you are beginning to understand the difference between accountability and ‘canceled culture,’ and your apologies reflect your openness to real growth and development.” ” “If so, we encourage you to address the large number of fans who continue to defend your racism (look no further than the comments in your post!), And Rachel Lindsay, Taylor Nolan, Victoria Price and Mikaye attack people like Bartholomew. The blackgraits Podcasts, and others, who have led these important conversations with Grace.
“We hope this is a wake-up call for you. We encourage you, and the Bachelor The franchise you represent, looking at the scale of the backlash and recognizing that the problem does not occur when your system is worldwide and in the franchise’s treatment of the franchise, is what the “group says.” Do better, but it should not be at the expense of BIPOC’s cast, staff, staff and audience, nor should it be when you are the host or executive producer the Bachelor Franchise. “
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