‘Bachelorette’ Becca Kufrin stands up for Rachel Lindsay amid harassment: 'This is simply not okay'


“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.”

"The fact that my friend Rachel had to deactivate her personal Instagram account due to extreme hate and harassment is so incredibly disheartening and deranged. It's a sad reality of the world we live in, and needs to change," she wrote. "I'm one of the lucky few who actually know her and her heart, and if people could only see how brightly she shines, you'd think twice before sending such hateful messages.”

Last month, Lindsay revealed how she felt after “Bachelor” franchise host Chris Harrison announced that he would be “stepping aside” for the time being.

Lindsay called out Harrison for his comments about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racist actions. During an interview with Lindsay, Harrison said everyone should have “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion" for Kirkconnell, despite social media posts found that depicted racist themes.

While talking to “Extra” host Billy Bush, Lindsay said she thinks it was the “right decision” for Harrison to step aside from being the host temporarily.

The 35-year-old star also expressed how she was “stunned” after her shocking interview with Harrison.

Harrison announced that he’ll be taking a break from his hosting duties on “The Bachelor” and apologized for the “pain my words have caused.”

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