“You Could Exit Stage Left” Rachel Lindsay Confronts Bachelorette Contestant Over Racist Comments
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Admittedly, I’ve tapped out on “The Bachelorette.” Rachel’s choices were making me anxious and it just seemed like way too many of the men on this season’s show were on some bullsh*t. Then I reminded myself that this is probably how all the seasons have been, randoms coming on the show to get some shine.
But before I tapped out, I remember writing about some of the racist comments made by one of the suitors, Lee Garrett.
As a refresher, Lee tweeted:
-“I don’t hate Muslims. I hate Islam…”
-“After all this “gay community” talk, all these rainbow flags instead of American flags…”
-“Guys…When is the last time YOU actually saw a pretty feminist. There is a reason for this.”
– He reportedly wanted to see Barack Obama’s face when Trump was announced as the winner of the presidency.
And the kicker, since he was on a show to date a Black woman, he said that Black Lives Matter was a terrorist organization. He believe Alton Sterling was guilty and claimed he could not see the difference between the Klan and the NAACP.
But all of this happened before he was cast on the show and ABC either didn’t know about it or hired him anyway to cause drama and confusion.
Thankfully, yesterday, during a “Men Tell All” episode, Rachel had a chance to share her thoughts with Lee and America.
“I’m not in the house, and I only know what’s happening right in front of me. And so, to sit back and see things that I’ve never seen before, I’m like, ‘Okay.’ Yeah, it’s very enlightening.”
Then she spoke to Garrett specifically.
“With me, you were a completely different person, but, like, now that I’ve watched it back, and now that I know what’s up, I didn’t want to give any life into you, your opinions. But I feel like I’m in such a unique position, I have the opportunity to be a spokesperson for African-Americans, for women. And I just feel like you had such an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by different people and different cultures, and you didn’t take advantage of that. I hope that in watching it back, you realize that you were part of something so great.”
Garrett laughed and nodded in agreement.
“But in case you didn’t, please know that you could exit stage left and meet me backstage, and I’d be more than happy to give you a black history lesson and a lesson on women’s rights, you know what I’m saying?”
Lee responded “Yes ma’am” before offering this explanation for his behavior.
“I am grateful that I have people in my life now that make me not like I was when I made a racist comment. I completely denounce that, and I denounce that Lee, and I want to learn. I’m sorry for saying things when I was not educated and ignorant in those subjects.”