Rachel Lindsay has deleted her Instagram after receiving hate and harassment from Bachelor Nation. On Friday, Lindsay’s friend and co-host of their Higher Learning podcast, Van Lathan, posted a video defending the former Bachelorette and telling people to stop harassing her.
“She did it because that’s how much hate she’s getting from ‘Bachelor’ fans who are spamming her with all kinds of rude and hateful things to say,” he said in a video he posted on Instagram. “Y’all have got to get a f***ing life” he added.
“Leave Rachel the f*** alone. This harassment is going too far”, he wrote in the caption.
Why is Rachel Lindsay receiving this hate?
Earlier this month, the host of the Bachelor franchise, Chris Harrison received a backlash for defending contestant Rachel Kirkconnell’s racist actions. After the backlash, both of them apologised and Harrison announced that he will be taking some time off as the host of the show, as the Bachelor should not suffer for his actions. He will also not be hosting the upcoming After the Final Rose special with Matt James and his final pick.
“I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago, and that’s it, boom. This girl is in this book now, and she’s now in this group, and I’m like, really?” Harrison, 49, said defending Kirkconnell, 24. When Lindsay, 35, pointed out that it was an “Old South antebellum party,” Harrison replied, “Is it [not] a good look in 2018, or is it not a good look in 2021?”
Lindsay said Harrison made the right decision departing the franchise, but Lathan says the backlash has caused her to get off social media.
“Rachel is not responsible for Chris Harrison, a 49-year-old man who can’t read the room in these 2021 times. She’s not responsible for that,” he said. “It’s not her job to make excuses or provide cover for somebody who doesn’t understand what the f–k triggers people in today’s world. It’s not. You’re going after the wrong person.”
“Rachel, we love you, we’re with you,” he added.