Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay in tears as she reads cruel trolls’ racist social media attacks03/04/2020
TEARS flowed in Monday's Bachelor – but not for lost love.
Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay appeared on the Women Tell All special to highlight the emotional effects of on-line harassment.
Lindsay opened up about the onslaught she faced after starring in Season 21 of the romance competition before she received her own season of The Bachelorette in 2017 – making her the first African-American bachelorette in the history of the show.
In a shocking and emotional segment of the show, she did not hold back from reading the trolls' comments to her aloud.
The audience were seen cringing and looking aghast at the horrific comments which some of the contestants have had to endure since appearing on the show.
“No one cares that you’re a half n****r, Mexican bitch,” one shocking message read.
Other comments telling the contestants to harm themselves or calling them names were revealed, as they welled up with tears at the cyber-bullying.
In the dozens of tweets Lindsay read aloud, women were dubbed "emotional, stupid, disgusting and jealous" in addition to being called out for their heritages and careers.
"I'm, like, shaking as I'm reading this, because it's shocking, it's uncomfortable. I know it's uncomfortable for you to see. Just imagine how uncomfortable it is to get this in your comments and your DMs every day, every week, every month," Lindsay explained.
New York house flipper Tammy Ly, 24, said direct messages she received online were so harsh she was afraid to look at her cell phone.
She added that she had also received death threats to her work email, disguised as curious house buyers who ended up sending paragraphs of how she should take her own life.
"This is hate," Chris Harrison said, and asking all 17 contestants in the studio whether they had been victims of hate speech online. Each one raised her hand.
Lindsay thanked the women for coming forward to share their stories.
"As someone who's been in your shoes, I know how much courage it takes to put yourself out there to tell your story. I just want to remind you guys that you're not alone in anything that you're going through," she said. "And I just want you to also know that these people who hide behind their phones, and their computers, and these smart devices, they don't even have a fraction of the guts that you have to stand up here today and face these people".
Madison and Hannah Ann each received a rose, eliminating Victoria F.
Fans will see how Weber's season of the Bachelor plays out in a dramatic two-episode finale next week.
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