When it comes to reality TV series, there’s bound to be drama stemming from brawl or accusations and this time around, Rachael Kirkconnell is on the slaughtering table. The “Bachelor” cast was recently accused of racism by a TikTok user.
Although it is still an accusation, fans of the reality series took privilege in bashing Kirkconnell with all sorts of names online.
Matt James, the star from ‘The Bachelor’ show has also been quiet since the controversy began. However, he finally disclosed his thoughts on the issue via Instagram in the late hours of February 22, 2020.
Who Is Matt James ‘The Bachelor’ Star?
James was born on December 5, 1991, into a double race family; having a black dad and white mom, although he only identifies as a black person.
He was bred in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended Sanderson High School, before proceeding to Wake Forest University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
He dabbled into football for a while, when he played a wide receiver for his University’s Football team. However, his football career came to a permanent halt in 2015. James became the first black male bachelor lead in the show’s 25th season.
Matt James’ Difficulty On ‘The Bachelor’
Being the first male bachelor comes with its perks, but it also comes with a heavy burden. There are expectations thrown at you, that sometimes seem unpleasant.
During an interview with ET Online, James mentioned that he was under a lot of pressure to pick a black woman to be his love interest.
He went on to say that this pressure may have sprung up from the fact that his predecessor on the show, Rachel Lindsay, was a black woman. However, as time went on, James began to get more experience and follow his heart.
Was Rachael Kirkconnell Really Racist In The Past?
Well the allegations say so and fans are not waiting for an explanation!
A TikTok user alleged that Kirkconnell was ‘racist’ in school and not only that, she often liked photos that showed her friends posing with flags that support racism.
While these accusations were not backed up by proof, photos from 2018 surfaced on social media. It showed the Georgia University alum partying on a Georgia Plantation.
After the backlash unfolded on social media, Kirkconnell released a statement blaming ignorance for her actions. All this while, James was mute, but that ended a few hours ago.
Matt James Finally Opens Up On Controversy
On Instagram, the businessperson shared a photo, detailing his thoughts on the ongoing backlash against Kirkconnell. He first expressed how disappointed he was with Kirkconnell’s photos from 2018.
He then proceeded to talk about the Chris Harrison’s interview with Rachel Lindsay, which to him, was offending.
Nevertheless, James noted that the recent events will continue to play in his mind and that he would continue to share his thoughts with his amazing fans all over the world.
James also said that this disheartening situation has caused him to “reevaluate and process his experience on the show.”