Bachelor Producers Denounce Harassment Against Rachel Lindsay: It's "Inexcusable" and "Rooted in Racism"

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From Cosmopolitan

Bachelor producers have released a statement of support for Rachel Lindsay, who recently deleted Instagram due to the racist, hateful bullying she's endured online since her interview with Chris Harrison.

In the statement, which was shared across Bachelor social media platforms, producers wrote the following:

"We would like to make it perfectly clear that any harassment directed towards Rachel Lindsay in the aftermath of her interview with Chris Harrison is completely inexcusable. Rachel has received an unimaginable amount of hate and has been subjected to severe online bullying, which, more often than not, has been rooted in racism. Rachel has been an incredible advocate for our cast, and we are grateful that she has worked tirelessly towards racial equity and inclusion."

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Rachel's friends have also been supporting her during this time. Her Higher Learning podcast co-host Van Lathan shared a video reminding everyone that she is “not responsible for Chris Harrison," and "It’s not her job to make excuses or provide cover for someone who doesn’t understand what the f*ck triggers people in today’s world.”

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Rachel's Bachelor Happy Hour podcast co-host Becca Kufrin also issued a lengthy statement of support, saying in part "The fact that my friend Rachel had to deactivate her personal Instagram account due to extreme hate and harassment is so incredibly disheartening and deranged. It’s a sad reality of the world we live in, and needs to change. I’m one of the lucky few who actually know her and her heart, and if people could only see how brightly she shines, you’d think twice before sending such hateful messages."

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Meanwhile, Rachel's husband Bryan also issued a statement of support, saying "I love you, I appreciate you, I believe in you and I just wanted to let you know how proud of you I am. Keep going and never stop being you and fighting for what’s right ❤️🙏🏼"

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Chris Harrison has yet to speak out on the bullying Rachel Lindsay has been dealing with, and has remained silent on Instagram since his February 13 apology.

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