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'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Speaks Out About Hannah Brown Using N-Word

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By Clark Sparky

Hannah Brown stirred some serious controversy over the weekend after she used the n-word on her Instagram Story while rapping along to "Rockstar" by DaBaby. She later apologized for the usage, but fellow "Bachelorette" Rachel Lindsay says Brown hasn't done enough.

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Lindsay, who is the first and only African-America to star in the show, talked about the incident during a Q&A on Instagram.

"It's easy to make a statement. It's easy to hide behind words, but when you're bold enough to say the N-word on camera, on your platform... then you need be bold enough to use your face on camera and apologize in the same way you said the word," Lindsay said.

"We can't give people a pass for this. We have to hold people accountable for what they're doing," Lindsay added. "You should feel disgusted when you say that word. You should feel uncomfortable.

"That word was used to make black people feel less than... and every time you use that word and you're not black, you give that word power, and that is why it is wrong," she said. "Non-black people should not feel OK about saying the word n—. It's wrong. I'm saddened that I had to do that today. It never was my intention. I just want to encourage everyone to be better, to do better."

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Brown's ex-boyfriend Tyler Cameron is now coming to her defense, but is also not excusing what she did.

"In these moments, you have the opportunity to bury someone or lift them up. We need to lift HB up from this," Cameron wrote on Instagram. "She is learning and growing just like every single one of us. Love rids hate. Hate only makes more hate. Let's learn and lift each other up with love."

"Y'all need to look at the comments. We have a long ways to go on this issue and a lot to learn. If you find yourself getting defensive, you are part of the problem," he continued, addressing those people who are defending her use of the word.

"This is not about dragging HB. This is about using your platform for reasons like this. So we can educate those who don't get it. This is bigger than HB. This is a societal problem," he continued. "Those that say it's part of the song and that they can sing it are so out of touch. HB is not racist. I know. But blaming the rap artist is not the answer. Educate yourself and listen to what Rachel has to say about the word b— and hopefully it'll start to click for you," he said while referencing Lindsay's comments on the situation.

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