FORMER Bachelorette Trista Sutter blasted “cancel culture” and celebrities who “shame” others after longtime host Chris Harrison was accused of “defending racism.”
Trista, 48, the winner on the first season of the dating-competition who is still married to her chosen beau, Ryan Allen Sutter, weighed in on the Rachael Kirkconnell controversy on Tuesday.
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Trista, 48, the winner on the first season of the dating-competition, weighed in on the Rachael Kirkconnell controversy on Tuesday.Credit: Instagram
She said Chris should be ‘held accountable for his words and actions, but I don’t agree with the concept of the cancel culture’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Hannah Brown has been slammed for deleting this post from a Tuscaloosa Belles presentationCredit: Instagram
Trista met her husband of 17 years Ryan Allen Sutter on the BacheloretteCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“I do think he should be held accountable for his words and actions, but I don’t agree with the concept of the cancel culture,” the original Bachelorette said.
“As Rachel [Lindsay] said on a follow-up segment on Extra, ‘Let’s not label. Let’s not cancel. But let’s hold people accountable for their actions.'”
During the special “Trista’s Takes” segment on her Better Etc podcast, Trista told listeners “first and foremost” she does “not condone racism,” not “participating in it” or “defending it.”
Rachael is receiving hate for attending a fraternity party honoring the ‘Old South’
Rachel Lindsay has been outspoken in her criticism of Chris and Hannah BrownCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rachel and Chris sharing a laugh on the popular show before their tense televised chat about RachaelCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Trista said: “Rachel Lindsay was my guest on Better Etc and I brought her on specifically to discuss racial injustice, her personal story of how she has been treated because of the color of her skin and how all of us, including myself, can be better allies.
Trista said she was “not okay with certain people within Bachelor Nation shaming other people within Bachelor Nation who are not directly involved with this controversy because they haven’t spoken up.”
“As I’ve learned time and time again on my podcast, you never truly know what someone else is going through behind their own closed doors.
“So to shame people who aren’t directly involved for not using their platform in the timeframe you expect because this topic is important to you is not okay with me.”
Although Trista acknowledged that Chris has been like family to her, she added: “just because you’re family doesn’t mean you have to agree with the other person’s words or actions.”
Ex Bachelorette Rachel interviewed Chris Harrison about raceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rachael Kirkconnell has not yet made a public statementCredit: Instagram
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has apologized for defending RachaelCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“But I also had a big problem with the way he dismissed Rachel Lindsay, spoke aggressively, interrupted her and, in my opinion, didn’t give her the respect that she deserves,” she went on.
“Not only as a friend but also as his interviewer, who happens to be a Black woman who has dealt with racism personally.”
Meanwhile, speaking on the podcast “Behind The Velvet Rope with David Yontef” this week, Trista confirmed that she would do The Bachelorette all over again.
Trista tied the knot with Colorado firefighter Ryan during a televised ceremony on ABC on December 6, 2003 and the pair now share two children together.
“I would, I feel like there’s a way to hold yourself with some class still,” she said. “I would apply because I am a hopeless romantic. And if I was 20 years younger and, and given the opportunity, I would take it.
“I feel like people ask me if our kids asked to do the show in the future, would we allow it? And I would be a hypocrite if I said no, because that’s how we met.
“That’s how their family was created. So who knows if it’ll still be around, let’s see my daughter’s 11.
“So when she’s 30, but yeah, I love the show. I, I would definitely go that route if given the opportunity and I was still young.”
Why is there backlash against Rachael?
The reality show contestant’s controversial social media past has come back to haunt her as pictures depicting “racially insensitive” content have resurfaced.
Bachelor Nation has recently dug up alleged social media activity from the Georgia native.
In one photo allegedly posted by Rachael, 24, that was labeled as “offensive,” she can be seen wearing a Native American costume.
Fans are also furious at the brunette graphic designer’s past Instagram engagement.
She was also dragged after photos resurfaced of the reality star attending an “old South” party at a plantation in her college years.
The Bachelor contestant appeared to attend the troubling event at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
The reality contestant’s cousin, Anastasia, insisted Rachael is absolutely “not racist” during an exclusive interview with The Sun, though she called the photos “hard to defend.”
The intense backlash has taken a “huge toll” on the reality star as her parents are also in a “terrible mental place” due to the harsh comments she continues to receive.
Trista and her chosen man are still togetherCredit: Instagram
The OG Bachelorette has two kids with Ryan says she would do it all again – and let her kids participate on the showCredit: Instagram
The pair met on the show, got engaged, and got married in 2003Credit: ABC
Rachel issued a strong statement on Reddit yesterday about Hannah Brown deleting her postCredit: Reddit
Rachael released an Instagram apology for her past behavior on ThursdayCredit: Instagram
Chris said he wasn’t the ‘woke police’Credit: extraTv
Rachael is getting serious with Matt James on the latest season of the showCredit: American Broadcasting Companies
Chris ‘defended’ Rachael in an interviewCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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