Leah Block made a sincere apology for tweeting for about Rachel Lindsay’s season 13 of The Bachelorette after social media users picked holes in her comments, calling it racist.
Block threw an offensive joke about the diverse cast during the Monday, June 20, episode of the ABC dating show. “I’m sitting here watching @BacheloretteABC and my roommate just sat down on the couch and said, ‘What is this? @LoveAndHipHop_? DEAD.” she tweeted.
Black deleted the offensive tweet.
Lindsay, 31, who is the first black Bachelorette to hit the show, replayed, “Let me know if she wants to meet Lee…they sound like they would have a lot in common #ihavetimetoday.” Lindsay’s tweet implied a bitter reference to one of her suitors Lee Garrett, who criticized as well for offensive and racial tweets.
The lengthy apology
Block, in turn, posted a lengthy apology note on her Facebook page on Wednesday, June 21 that reads, “I come forward honestly and openly, to extend my sincere apology for the tweet from my account on Monday, June 19th regarding the current season of The Bachelorette,” she wrote.
“The tweet came from a place that humored the failure of representation of minorities in reality TV and belittled the significance of Rachel’s presence on the show.”
She also said that she is aware of the passive and childish action, “I acknowledge that entertaining this kind of humor is a passive and careless action that stifles the progress the black community has made in television and continue to make in this industry,” she continued.
“It is vitally important to prioritize these experiences and help destroy the oppressive forces that threaten minority communities. My tweet did neither of those things, and I see that as a personal failure.”
As the bachelorette who captured Ben Higgins heart received backlash from her original tweet, she admitted to being defensive while addressing certain responses, “The attacks directed at me felt to be responses to the epidemic of injustice we have towards individuals of marginalized identities — especially the black community.” she said.
“I accept responsibility for my ignorance, and as I move forward I will engage in these issues — so I can become an informed ally who would never consider that tweet to be funny in the first place.”
She concluded by saying that there is “no place for hate” in today’s world. “We can’t make the future better until we make ourselves better. And I’m starting now.”