Here we go, folks — an all-new cancellation.
As reported by The Daily Wire, Chris Harrison — host of The Bachelor — made an announcement over the weekend.
He’ll be stepping away from his post.
“For a period of time.”
The news follows accusations of…buckle up…racism.
The situation concerned contestant Matt James, who is black.
Let’s delve in, courtesy of the Wire:
Harrison found himself under fire last week after suggesting, in an interview with Extra…that the top contender for [Matt’s] engagement ring, Rachael Kirkconnell, deserved the opportunity to explain why she was pictured at an “antebellum”-themed fraternity formal in 2018, dressed as a pre-Civil War southern belle.
— Rosé (@TeaAndRoses21) February 4, 2021
The photo apparently gave rise to a full-fledged investigation into Kirkconnell’s background, conducted largely by social media sleuths, that turned up an unverified allegation that she’d shamed a former acquaintance for dating black men, and evidence that Kirkconnell’s parents voted for Donald Trump (the internet detectives sought Kirkconnell’s voting record but, it seems, could not find it).
Here’s how the host put it to Extra:
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it. We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. … I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this? I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago, and that’s it.”
Some folks didn’t like his attitude.
Hence, a Change.org petition and the hashtag #FireChrisHarrison.
That led to Saturday’s apologetic Instagram post.
Chris came clean:
“I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself, and have not met them. I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now, just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same.”
As it turns out, he excused historical racism.
And not only that…
“By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am shamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong.”
Chris specifically addressed black people.
And anyone else not white:
“To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful. I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I’ve had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the finer points of antiracism, here’s a short lesson from CNN:
Being anti-racist means more than ridding yourself of racist attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. It means you’re also actively fighting that reprehensible trinity as it manifests in your life on a daily basis.
Some white people know that to become anti-racist, they must start to listen and brush up on the history of racism in their countries.
Some people are describing obviously racist behavior as the tip of the iceberg — calling people racist names or threatening people on the basis of race.
Then there’s the part of the iceberg that’s not easily visible to people if they’re not looking. This includes a range of subtle but insidious attitudes, behaviors and policies.
Among these are microaggressions. They are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, [psychologist Beverly Tatum] said.
Microaggressions can be intentional, unintentional or even well-meaning, but they communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial assumptions to the receiver. And they have an insidious effect on a black person’s psyche and continuing racist assumptions.
Three such microaggressions:
- “Don’t blame me. I never owned slaves.”
- “All lives matter.”
- “I’m colorblind; I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”
Sometimes I feel as if everyone in the known world is a plastic duck at a carnival, waiting to be shot with an air cannon.
And when the…Fair…is over…so will everyone be.
Cancel Culture’s a quack shot.
Another one bites the duck.
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