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Hannah Brown Talked To Rachel Lindsay About Her N-Word Incident

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By Clark Sparky

"Bachelorette" star Hannah Brown found herself in hot water a couple weeks ago after she posted a video to Instagram of herself saying the n-word while rapping along to "Rockstar" by DaBaby.

Many people spoke out critically of Brown's actions, include Rachel Lindsay, who is the first and only black "Bachelorette" on the show. This week, Lindsay was on Nick Viall's podcast and revealed she had phone conversations with Brown about the incident.

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Lindsay said the original idea was for Brown to apologize on Instagram Live.

"She was going to go first and then bring me on. Twice, she got off the phone with me to tell me, ‘OK, I’m going to go do it. I’m just going to go get ready.’ Hours later, nothing," Lindsay said. "Then, we would talk on the phone. And then, hours later, nothing again until it was ultimately decided she wanted to do a statement."

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Lindsay says Brown told her that "a statement would be insincere. ...It felt icky."

"So, then to see her ultimately text me and say, ‘I’m going to give a statement’ was extremely disappointing because you yourself said that that was insincere," Lindsay added. "So why did you, therefore, decide to do an insincere action? I’m very confused by that."

It was Brown's team that convinced her to do the statement instead of a live video, according to Lidsay.

"I owe you all a major apology. There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said. 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," Brown's statement read.

Lindsay also talked about the incident during a Q&A on Instagram shortly after it happened.

"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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