Rachel Lindsay Explains Why Hannah Brown’s Apology Was Disappointing

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rachel Lindsay attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Bachelor Nation fandom was shaken when The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown used the N-word throughout an Instagram Live. Shortly after the incident, a number of alums from the franchise spoke out, together with Rachel Lindsay, who educated the general public on the phrase. Aside from opening a dialogue, Lindsay talked about she had a non-public dialog with Brown. She additionally expressed her disappointment with regard to Brown’s apology made on Instagram Story. And now, Lindsay has gone into additional element about her change with Brown.

Hannah Brown from ‘The Bachelorette’ sings the N-word on Instagram Live

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In May 2020, Brown went on Instagram Live whereas quarantining together with her household amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Then at one level within the Live, The Bachelorette Season 15 alum mentioned the N-word whereas singing “Rockstar” by DaBaby.

Later, Bachelor Nation followers known as out Brown for saying the phrase. Then the 25-year-old apologized. “I did? I’m so sorry,” Brown mentioned. “No, I was singing… I’m so sorry.”

The following day, Brown issued an apology in an Instagram Story that lasted 24-hours. “I owe you all a major apology. There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said,” Brown wrote. “I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all, I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.”

‘The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay reacts to Hannah Brown’s apology

As talked about, Lindsay hosted an Instagram Live to coach folks on why utilizing the N-word isn’t acceptable and the adverse affect the phrase has to this present day. Lindsay additionally hinted she was alleged to have the Live with Brown. However, when Dancing With the Stars champion didn’t take the chance, Lindsay determined to make use of her platform and do it herself. 

“It’s easy to make a statement, it’s easy to hide behind words,” Lindsay mentioned. “But when you’re bold enough to say the N-word on camera, on your platform… you need to be bold enough to use your face on camera and apologize in the same way that you said the word.”

Rachel Lindsay explains her response to Hannah Brown’s apology

Rachel Lindsay attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rachel Lindsay | Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios

Following Lindsay’s Instagram Live, The Bachelorette Season 13 alum went on Nick Viall’s podcast, The Viall Files. Lindsay defined she didn’t wish to make her Live about criticizing Brown. Rather, she selected to coach, and in the end, she wished folks to know the gravity of the state of affairs. 

That mentioned, Lindsay needed to deliver up Brown to present context to her Live. But when talking with Viall, Lindsay revealed she skilled backlash from the fandom.

“What has come from that has been that, somehow, I was upset because Hannah didn’t apologize for the way that I wanted her to. I was trying to force her into something, I was bullying her,” Lindsay mentioned. “These are terms that have come up. It blows my mind that some people think.”

Meanwhile, Lindsay cleared up just a few extra misconceptions. The former bachelorette said she had a number of conversations with Brown over cellphone, textual content, and DM. She additionally confirmed Brown beforehand dedicated to the Instagram Live. 

“When Hannah and I talked, she wanted to know what my thought was as to what she should do,” Lindsay mentioned. “She said, ‘I want to ask you.’ And she was very remorseful. She was very upset, she was embarrassed, she was admitting she was wrong. She said she wanted to go on a Live.”

Then Lindsay shared they discussed doing the Instagram Live till Brown determined to difficulty her assertion. Lindsay additionally defined the explanation why she was disillusioned in Brown’s choice to put in writing up a press release versus discussing the difficulty on digital camera. She mentioned:

What folks even have to know is the explanation it disillusioned me a lot that Hannah determined to present a press release is as a result of, quote, her phrases, ‘A statement would be insincere.’ Hannah mentioned that. ‘It felt icky to give a statement.’

I believed her when she mentioned it. And it was her workforce that was advising her to present a press release. She mentioned, in her coronary heart, she didn’t really feel it was that means, and he or she felt that God had wished her to make use of her platform for an even bigger goal. And she was going to step up and try this. 

So then to see her in the end textual content me and say, ‘I’m going to present a press release’ was extraordinarily disappointing as a result of, you your self, mentioned that that was insincere. So why did you, subsequently, resolve to do an insincere motion? I’m very confused about that.

Later, Lindsay added, “To know what her heart was, and to ultimately hide behind a statement, is what was so disappointing.” 

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