Bachelor Nation Takes a Stand Against Racism on Social Media

Caroline Hallemann
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Photo credit: Maarten de Boer
Photo credit: Maarten de Boer

From Town & Country

Ahead of the premiere of the latest season of The Bachelorette on October 13 which will feature Clare Crawley (above), ABC's incredibly popular reality dating franchise is taking a stand against online harassment, abuse, racism, and intolerance on social media.

"Can we steal you away for a second?" read a post on Bachelor Nation's Instagram handle, in a play on a phrase oft repeated on the series.

“We aim to show love in all its forms and invite you along for the ride. We encourage you to have fun and share the love in the comments of our posts and the posts of our cast members,” the post continued. “However, we condemn racism, bullying, and hate in all of its forms and have introduced new community guidelines for interacting on our posts. We will be deleting comments which are abusive toward our cast members, and reserve the right to block users who display this behavior.”

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A more explicit list of rules appears on the Bachelor Nation website, which notes that moderators "reserve the right to remove comments for any reason" including: "obscene language," "insults, threats, or harassment of other users, organizations or cast members," and "comments which are hateful, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, sexually explicit, or vulgar in nature."

Moderators also "reserve the right to block users from engaging on our page if these guidelines are not followed."

In recent months, Rachel Lindsay, who was the first Black Bachelorette, has spoken out about the harassment she has received in relation to her association with the franchise.

"I wanted to pave a way for women who look like me who hadn't been represented in this role on this show," she said in an appearance on the "The Women Tell All" episode of Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor back in March. "But sometimes I feel like my efforts are in vain because it seems to just be getting so much worse. And I feel like you guys hear us talk about the hate that we receive, but you have no idea what it is."

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