During the final episode of “The Bachelor” Rachael Kirkconnell won the affections of her dream guy Matt James, but amid allegations of racism against her after the show finished shooting, James dropped her like a rock.
Kirkconnell made headlines when she was called out for racism after photos of her attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018 surfaced last month. The scandal that followed took down “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison when he encouraged “a little compassion” until Kirkconnell had the chance to speak on the issue, then took a leave of absence from his position after being accused of racism himself.
During the “After the Final Rose” special that followed the finale, Kirkconnell offered her take on the photo. “I see someone who was living in this ignorance without even thinking about who it would be hurting. I never once asked myself at any point, like, ‘What’s the tradition behind this? What does this represent? Why do we wear those dresses?’”
Though James and Kirkconnell concluded the final episode in a relationship, but not engaged, James confirmed that he had ended it during the special. “As Rachael acknowledged in her apology, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done…I have to take a step back and allow her to put in that work, and I’m looking forward to seeing her put in that work.”
He went on to explain why he had severed the relationship. “You wanna believe that you know your person better than anybody else knows your person, and while all this controversy’s swirling around, who Rachael is, things that she might have attended, and pictures that she liked and people that she’s associated with,” James continued. “Before Rachael addressed anything or Chris Harrison spoke on anything, I’m trying to be there for her, and I dismissed them as rumors, because that’s what they were to me. You hear things that are heartbreaking, and you just pray they’re not true. And then, when you find out that they are it just makes you question everything.”
“When she spoke out and publicly acknowledged that she would do better and she apologized is when I was finally able to take check on myself and see where I was at, and I wasn’t OK…” He concluded. “It was in that moment and the conversation that I had that [I realized that] Rachael might not understand what it means to be Black in America.”
I guess under any circumstance everybody could be branded as a racist, I grew up in a small community in south florida in the 50’s thru part of the 60’s which had a population of around 3600 people and 125 of us were white and I attended high school in a segregated school 18 miles from my home when there was a all black high school 1/2 mile from my home because that was the law in florida then so I guess by your standards I’m a racist for not attending a integrated school, this racist bull excrement is getting a whole lot rediculess.
Pure BS. This young lady did absolutely nothing wrong and just because she followed a tradition of the area where she lived has nothing to do with being racist. This racist BS is just another liberal smokescreen to destroy the country.
So they want to hide that era from history. Was she beating slaves at the party. Give me a break.Some blacks and celebraties can call most whites racists and still have jobs.People who agree with that BS are the real racists.
I agree. He was looking for a way out. If he loved her he would try to understand and give her a chance.
And she demonstrated her racism by deliberately signing up to date a Black man on this show, which might have lead to her marrying him. I think other white women will be running as fast as they can.
who watches this garbage!!!
Everyone lost on this issue. The Bachelor and Bachelorette will never get the good ratings again, Matt and Rachel are over as a couple. Audiences cannot watch with non-tainted opinions because of this dark cloud that should never have been. Rachel should not have had to apologize and Matt shouldn’t carry his blackness so close to his chest that it diminishes who he truly is. He couldn’t rise to the occasion!!! What about his not contacting Rachel the night before of the final rose segment when she waited all night for the important last date? His rudeness was not exemplary and yet he is hurt beyond repair in his “love” for Rachel and her behavior of over 2 years ago!! Give me a break. He needs to go home and lick his wounds. Poor baby!!!
Large southern farms still exist. They used to be plantations kept solvent with slave labor. All the plantations were owned and operated in the old south by democrats who also owned the slaves. Seems U.S. Representative Gohmert has a valid point that the term democrat, along with its derivatives, e.g., democratic, should be stricken from government plaques, legislation, regulation, portraits, Congressional Library indices and so on. Pelosi cannot have it both ways.
Chris spoligizesd. Enough said.bring him back on the show or I’ll not watch it again. As far as I am concerned, Chris didn’t owe anyone an apology. You people have made a big deal over nothing. Matt can make his own decisions, so let him.
We have all made mistakes when we were younger and we learn from them.
These Cancel People are Absolutely Worthless Individuals Who Need to Grow the F Up and Get a Life of Their Own!
This Matt James “person” sounds like the real racist and a pr!ck.
She’s better off than being with a racist!
This BS is getting out of hand people need to grow up!
He don’t want I’ll take her.
It was a costume. It’s like going out at Halloween dressed as a devil. You’re not a devil, but it’s fun to play the situation. On Sunday you go to church and have a laugh. Idiots are taking this history re-enactment stuff too seriously and making people ashamed of just having fun. Sure it was a bad time one hundred and fifty years ago and in some instances not that far back. At some point we’ve all got to let this history shit go so that we can move forward. If not, we will forever be stuck in the past. I know there is racism out there. White, black, Asian, etc., etc. Unfortunately, there are some people who can’t accept others who are not like them. I truly believe that’s a small minority. At least, I hope it is. Lets all pray that this stupid PC crap and Cancel Culture dies a soon death, because these two idiocies are what’s keeping people from reuniting as a peaceful and resourceful society.
This sucks anymore
I am finished watching.
Go to Hell…the series is crap.
Crock of crap just to promote more of an agenda. Racism racism racism. Got a dispute, no problem call on almighty racism… Getting very very old fast.
Hollywood is rascist then as they make movies of the same and all the actors attend!! Sorry hypocrites, can’t have it both ways.
Yes, this just goes from stupid to beyond stupid, with that said I reckon I must be raciest. Raised in Mississippi delta, majority of population was working class blacks and whites and I went to an all white school and just down the road was what – an all black school. That makes me just wonder, are we calling all the blacks in the all black school – Raciest, I don’t think so, why not, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. I was raised with them, played with them, sat at their table, worked with them although I must admit, we never cross dated. We enjoyed being with them and folks – that was in the 1950s and 1960s when you hear all this crazy talk of hanging and hate, WOW. We never experienced any of that but, I guess now if you were raised on a plantation – Oh My God, you are a freaking raciest, B.S. Some people are not happy if they are not dredging up some situation in the past so you can throw hate balls at somebody. If you did not live it, keep out of other people’s lives and trying to destroy something that you have not lived.
What is not being told is the truth!!! All of the south along with the slave owners were all democraps!! They are still the same as they always were the party of slavery and segregation, they have just learned how to do it better by brainwashing a neo-nazi tactic. Denocraps started the KKK senator harry bird was a high grand cleagle in the organization but I still see alot of byrd named highways,buildings and statues in W.V. If the american blacks would educate themselves they would find that they have been used and abused. You can find racism everywhere if you look but most of it is just whinny snowflakes trying to get their way. Try being Native American if you want to know what real hatred really is as we have dealt with genocide ever since the jerk columbus came on the shores of OUR LAND. His only accomplishment was introducing genocide to the western world. And by the way all the statues that the coward organizations blm and antifa are pulling down are all democraps. Read a history book. If blm really was about black lives they would have destroyed chicago where 60 or 70 black Americans are killed every week, but no roits,no protests,no nothing…. wtf!!! It is a way for the democraps to continue to control you and lead you around like the brainless sheep you have become. Stand up and recognize you are VICTORS not VICTIMS, like the need you to be so they can keep power and their boot on your neck. Me I will die before I will become a useful idoit. Stop the liberal nazi party of america before it is too late for us all!!!!
I’m done watching the Bachelor or Bachelorette. I’ve watched it since the first show many years ago, but I’m done. I think Rachel should stay away from Matt. He will never forgive her no matter how much “work” she puts in.
I hope they get all that work done. Sounds like a lot of work to do.
Really? Is this for real or is this a piece from the Babylon Bee? This cancel culture garbage has got to stop and these idiots have to stop apologizing! Bunch of freaking morons.
Wow, Laxmon, do I agree with you on the “idiots have to stop apologizing.” It just paints a bigger target on your back. These people do not want to “like” you, they want to “own” you. THEY are the real racist. I am of the opinion that Chris Harrison is a very shallow person and a moron. But, since I have never watched an episode of the Bachelor, I could not care less if this person is employed or not. No matter, he has more money than I will ever see.
This is the definition of Antebellum: A descriptive term for objects and institutions, especially houses, that originated three or four decades before the Civil War. Antebellum is Latin for “before the war.”
James is a quivering snowflake. here is a beautiful woman who clearly loves him…..so how can she be racist ? So she went to a southern themed party and wore a southern dress three years ago ? Everything is racist ! He seemed like a nice guy in the show…..he’s just a moron. We will have permanent victims even though these people were never affected by people who weren’t living at the time. She should of stood her ground and told this idiot to man up !
OMG!!!! She wore a DRESS???? HEAVEN FORBID!!! That dress must be racist or sexist or ageist or somethingist…..after all, isn’t EVERYTHING nowadays “racist” or “cultural appropriation” or some crap like that?
Wait she’s a racist but wanted to marry a black man. It is 1984
Once in a while I used to watch for the pure entertainment. NO MORE!
I hope all of you watchers will cancel this show as well. EVERYTHING IS RACIST.
ABC go fly a kite!
This is a non-topic. I will not have phony hollywood types tell me what to say or how to say it! I am a patriotic American who believes in the Constitution, and my right to call out anything that “the propagandist swamp” considers “woke!” These are a bunch of children whose lives are so perfect (thanks to capitalism) that they had to find something to keep themselves busy! “Only this and nothing more!”
Rachael dodged a bullett,and doesn’t even realize it.
HOW do you hold anyone accountable for something that happened years ago when that was “NORMAL” had no idea it wouldn’t be PC in the future? This is just getting the masses infighting while Commie Joe Pany Sniffer and THUGS take over the country. Wake up people you about to lose it all. It’s ALL BS as you can’t change the past and only the future if you think it needs changed. I guess I’m thick skinned as I DON”Y GIVE A RATS ASS about all this BS. I refuse to cower for something my “Race” did 100 years ago as I wasn’t there and can’t change it. I will consider different views are long as your not ramming them up my shorts. If so the fight is on.
One thing nobody has said is that James is half WHITE. How does his mother feel about all this CRAP?? Who does he think he is!! If I was Rachael, I’d tell him to “Go fly a Kite” and grow up. She doesn’t need him. Find someone else.