I don’t watch the Bachelor. A lot of people do. The host, Chris Harrison, has “temporarily” stepped aside because of offensive and hurtful comments about race.
But what are those comments?
This is where it gets nuts.
A current season contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, went to an Old South plantation themed sorority party in 2018. It was, at the time and in some places even now, a pretty common thing. In the last few years, as everyone has gotten woke, these things are unacceptable.
Harrison defended Rachel Kirkconnell going to the party while noting he would not have and never did participate in that sort of event. Here is how CNN described the event:
Earlier this week, Harrison told "Extra" correspondent and former star of "The Bachelorette," Rachel Lindsay, that Kirkconnell's pictures were a long time ago and spoke out against cancel culture.
"I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago and that's it. Like, boom," Harrison said, adding, "I'm like, 'Really?'"
Lindsay replied, "The picture was from 2018 at an Old South antebellum party. That's not a good look."
Harrison replied, "Well, Rachel, is it a good look in 2018? Or, is it not a good look in 2021? Because there's a big difference."
"It's not a good look ever," Lindsay said. "If I went to that party, what would I represent at that party?"
"You're 100% right in 2021," Harrison then said. "That was not the case in 2018. And again, I'm not defending Rachael. I just know that, I don't know, 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I'm not defending it. I didn't go to it."
Harrison is objectively right in his words. (1) A lot of people went to parties like that in 2018. (2) He did not go to those types of parties. (3) He is not defending those parties. (4) But he doesn’t think in 2021, someone should be punished for doing something so many people did in 2018 without consequence.
Unfortunately, Chris Harrison is now a victim of Woke-O Haram. The woke terrorists are, of course, being defended by much of the media.
Harrison apologized for his comments.
"While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf," he continued. "What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better."
He is still canceled anyway. Grace is not allowed by Woke-O Haram.
One of the leading media apologists for Woke-O Haram, Don Lemon, suggested Harrison got what he deserved because of his privilege. In referring to the situation, Lemon said:
I don’t know if these apologies are sincere, or what have you. All right. That’s — Rachel did what Rachel did. You haven’t interviewed her but you interviewed Chris. Chris has been on this Earth for five decades. He is 49 years old, and he hasn’t had to deal with these issues? He hasn’t taken the opportunity, or the chance, in-almost-50 years, especially doing what he does and the history of the show, to learn about racism in America? That’s, actually, the definition of privilege.
Woke-O Haram now gets to judge if apologies are sincere enough and gets to weigh those apologies by the level of privilege a person has.
Again, this sort of stuff ultimately leads to violence as the left seeks both to punish people for prior acts and offer them no grace without absolute groveling capitulation. It fosters serious resentment and the disproportionality of it will lead people to act out. That action will ultimately become violent.
The left’s ongoing pursuit of graceless cancelations ends badly for all of us.
When the media will defend people burning down America, but ruin a person for attending a peaceful party that tons of Americans have commonly gone to, Americans are going to witness a backlash. To make a political point — this is how you get way more Donald Trumps in the future and also how you ultimately get people to stop caring about racial reconciliation.