“Bachelorette” star Becca Kufrin is sticking up for her friend Rachel Lindsay.
Over the weekend, Kufrin posted a statement supporting Lindsay, the first Black “Bachelorette” star, after she deactivated her Instagram account. Lindsay experienced harassment after the the ongoing controversy about racism within the “Bachelor” franchise.
"I've said this privately but I'll say it publicly as well because it's an important issue that needs addressing," Kufrin said. "To Rachel Lindsay: I love you, I stand by you and I support you in whatever way, shape or form that's needed."
"We live in a world where online toxicity, racism, racial insensitivity & ignorance, bullying and cruelty have become a norm. This is simply not okay," Kufrin added. "For the keyboard warriors, get a clue. Channel that energy for actual positive change. For those with type-happy fingers or think it's okay to spew hatred on social channels need to begin to recognize other people's humanity and realize that words have weight. Think about the impact that they can leave for the person on the receiving end."
Kufrin explained how that the “extreme hate and harassment” that can be found online “needs to change.”