Bachelor star Matt James speaks out and calls the interview with Chris Harrison “disturbing and painful to look at”.

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After weeks of controversy stirred up by his historic season, Bachelor star Matt James makes his voice heard.

James posted a statement on Instagram on Monday responding to the controversy sparked by recent photos of current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell at an antebellum-themed party that romanticizes the pre-civil war south and the era of slavery. (Kirkconnell apologized and admitted that their actions were “insulting and racist”.) James, who is the first black bachelor in franchise history, called the photos “incredibly disappointing” and said the ensuing controversy was “devastating and been heartbreaking “Let’s put it bluntly,” added, “The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life. “

But James was even more blunt when he reached out to Bachelor host Chris Harrison, who tried to defend Kirkconnell in an interview with Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay and blamed “Cancel Culture” for the controversy. (Harrison has since apologized in his comments for “upholding racism” and temporarily withdrew from the ABC reality franchise.) “Chris failed to receive the emotional work my friend Rachel Lindsay undertook and did To understand by kindly and patiently explaining the racist story of the Antebellum South, a painful story that every American should understand closely, it was disturbing and painful to watch, “said James, adding that” this is a clear reflection of a lot bigger problem that the undergraduate franchise hasn’t adequately addressed for years. “

The controversy has “sparked critical discussions and reports, raised important questions and inspired inspirational solidarity from Bachelor Nation,” noted James, and “it has also pushed me to not only reassess and process my experience with The Bachelor for.” me, but for all candidates of the color. “He ended with the hope that” this is a turning point that will lead to real and institutional change for the better. “

James’ undergraduate season airs Mondays at 8 / 7c on ABC. The season finale is planned for March 15th. As of now, Kirkconnell is still one of the four remaining candidates who will vie for James’ heart.

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