NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho replaced Chris Harrison on the Bachelor.
Acho said, “I don’t believe in cancel culture,” but does believe in “accountability,” and added that Harrison “had an action,” and “is currently dealing with the reaction from that.”
Chris Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell, who was accused of “racism” after attending an “Old South”-themed party in 2018.
“Chris Harrison, as he would admit, was ignorant, and he was arrogant in saying that, ‘Well, in 2018, what Rachel Kirkconnell did wasn’t that bad,’” Acho said.
“And we’ve all kind of acknowledged, and called to the attention, ‘No, no, no, in 2018 it was just as bad. We are more aware now, but 2018, acknowledging and dressing in the attire of an Antebellum south plantation is just as bad as it is right now today,” the former NFL player added.
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“I don’t believe in cancel culture. I do believe in accountability. And so, I think that right now he is taking accountability for his actions,” he said. “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. That can be a law of Newton or that could just be basic common sense.”
“He had an action and he is currently dealing with the reaction from that,” Acho continued. “Should he return to that role, you have to decide what’s in the best interest of Chris Harrison. What’s in the best interest of the show and the executive producers, but also, what’s in the best interest of the cast.”
“They’re trying to commit to diversity,” Acho said. “You had your first black bachelor, what’s in the best interest of all three of those primary parties at play, and make the decision that serves the most good.”
“You have to acknowledge implicit bias; you have to acknowledge that you’ll see a black man and for whatever reason, you will view them as more of a threat than the white man — probably because society told you to,” Acho said.