Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe is asking out the best way Erich Schwer’s blackface scandal was dealt with on the finale. Along with Tayshia Adams, Kaitlyn hosted each Katie Thurston and Michelle Young’s seasons of the ABC relationship present. But after former Bachelor Jesse Palmer hosted Clayton Echard’s season, he was carried over for Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia’s historic run.
Before Gabby revealed that Erich was her winner, the front-runner got here below fireplace as incidents from his previous leaked. It began with the racially insensitive highschool yearbook photographs, which confirmed him posing in Blackface. After that, his former girlfriend Amanda Kaylor claimed he solely joined the relationship sequence for his profession, leaking their textual content messages as proof. But within the season finale, Gabby accepted Erich’s proposal and stood by him throughout After The Final Rose. After the episode aired, nevertheless, Kaitlyn criticized the present for not adequately condemning Erich’s historical past of blackface.
On Thursday, Kaitlyn took to Instagram to share her finale ideas. She posted a prolonged caption alongside a photograph of her, Becca Kufrin, and Michelle Young on the finale taping. “The show, Erich, and Gabby, had a real opportunity to use their voice and acknowledge black face,” Kaitlyn wrote, including, “I don’t think we needed to read texts from his ex…I think we needed to continue to evolve and show up with that many people watching.” The Off The Vine host continued, “Michelle, myself, and Becca were all under the impression this would be addressed. It wasn’t and that’s not ok.” The podcaster additionally wrote about season 19 villain Tino Franco and praised fan favourite Grandpa John. She wished Gabby and Erich one of the best, whereas hoping they may tackle his racist act sooner or later.
Though she’s grateful for the franchise, Kaitlyn added, “I still want to hold people accountable.” She pleaded with Bachelor Nation, “listen to voices that need to be heard. That deserve to be heard. I don’t want to speak for Michelle, but I know she committed to being the lead with a promise of change.” The 37-year-old continued, “To brush over black face, and act as if we didn’t have time? What message does that send? Didn’t Rachel Lindsay already show us how important this is?” Rachel, the primary Black Bachelorette, additionally slammed the finale. Kaitlyn’s submit earned help from followers and Bachelor Nation alumni, together with Catherine Lowe, DeAnna Stagliano, and Becca, whose fiancé Thomas Jacobs referred to as out the Erich scenario earlier.
The franchise has lengthy been criticized for racial insensitivity and missing range. The efforts to alter have been deemed insufficient and surface-level. Rachel tried to name consideration to points and make a distinction earlier than in the end leaving Bachelor Nation. The first and thus far solely Black male lead Matt James additionally slammed the present afterwards. Producers acquired backlash for casting Clayton to observe up Matt, particularly after Michelle’s season aired. Fans had been roundly unimpressed by Clayton and identified the BIPOC contestants who might’ve been picked as a substitute.
By not confronting Erich extra over his Blackface, the present continued to take steps again. But followers will not cease calling producers out and demanding change. Hopefully, the messages from viewers, Kaitlyn, and different outstanding Bachelor Nation members might be heard and adopted by significant actions.
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