Rachael Kirkconnell has come out to apologize for her old controversial Instagram post that resurfaced recently, sparking outrage on social media with people demanding the Bachelor star to be canceled.
She took to her Instagram to post an official apology. In the post, Rachael Kirkconnell apologizes for the past mistakes she made, which went viral after resurfacing.
“While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address. I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong,” stated Rachael in her apology, which she shared yesterday. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”
The 24-year-old graphic designer continued her apology by writing, “I am sorry to the communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended. I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me. I am learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist, because it’s important to speak up in the moment and not after you’re called out. If you are a person who doesn’t understand the offense in question, I urge you to learn from my mistakes and encourage you to use them as a teachable moment.”
What did Rachael Kirkconnell apologize for?
Rachael Kirkconnell’s apology comes after she made her debut on the latest season of The Bachelor, starring Matt James. After she made her appearance on the show, a TikTok user claimed that Rachael had once bullied her back in high school for being in love with a black guy.
This was followed by people finding out that Kirkconnell had liked many photos of her friends, in which they shot the photo posing in front of a Confederate flag. Then this month, users found out pictures from 2018, of Rachael attending an “Old South” bash on a plantation.
The new Bachelor, Matt James spoke about his take on the whole scandal, as he stated that “Rumors are dark and nasty and can ruin people’s lives. So, I would give people the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully, she will have her time to speak on that.”
The iconic host, Chris Harrison also came under fire for defending Rachael Kirkconnell, for which he issued a statement a day before her apology.