As Pilot Pete's season nears its Final Rose ceremony, it was time once again to give the mic back to the eliminated ladies of The Bachelor for another Women Tell All!!!
But after about an hour and a half of contestants talking over each other and rehashing "champagne-gate," the night took a turn when Chris Harrison welcomed past Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay up to the stage.
Unfortunately, it wasn't for any good news.
“I’m really nervous right now,” Lindsay said, “and I think that’s because the issue that we’re going to discuss today is sadly something that most of us have experienced — that’s online harassment and it’s hate.”
Lindsay, who was the franchise's first black Bachelorette, said she knew her experience was going to be a difficult one, but that she "wanted to pave a way for women who look like me, who haven’t been represented in this role on this show."
However, she stated that the hate she and other women on the show receive has only been getting worse.
"I feel like you guys hear us talk about the hate that we receive, but you have no idea what it is," Lindsay continued. "And the only way that I can actually make you feel it is for you to see it."
They then projected some comments and DMs the girls have been getting up on the screen, and they were flat-out disgusting.
Some messages even blatantly attacked a contestant's race.
One contestant, Alexa Caves, then spoke up about receiving hateful messages about sporting her natural hair on the show.
Another contestant, Tammy Ly, added that she was afraid to pick up her phone or check her work email because she'd received so many death threats.
And when Harrison asked the girls who in the group had received online hate, every single one raised their hand.
In the end, Rachel thanked the girls for having the courage to share their stories, and said that love is so, so, SOOOO much stronger than hate.
Here's to making Bachelor Nation — and the world in general — a kinder, safer place. 🌹
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