‘Bachelor’ contestant Rachael Kirkconnell apologizes
The Bachelor‘s Rachael Kirkconnell has apologized.
Kirkconnell, who’s a contestant on the current season of the long-running reality series, has faced accusations of racism since last month, when photos surfaced of her attending a fraternity formal with an antebellum plantation theme in 2018. Around the same time, a TikToker made an unverified accusation that Kirkconnell had bullied her in high school for dating a Black guy.
Kirkconnell is white, and she’s competing for the heart of Matt James, the show’s first ever Black bachelor.
“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 doesn’t excuse anything,” she said in a statement Thursday…