On Feb. 11, contestants from Matt James's season of The Bachelor shared a message on Instagram. In the post they denounced "any defense of racism," saying that, "any defense of racist behavior denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC individuals. These experiences are not to be exploited or tokenized." The post also went on to commend Rachel Lindsay for the way she's continuously handled similar situations and that, "we stand with her, we hear her, and we advocate for change alongside her."
Chelsea Vaughn, Rachael Kirkconnell, Abigail Heringer, Bri Springs, Jessenia Cruz, Kit Keenan, Michelle Young, Pieper James, Serena Chew, Serena Pitt, Kaite Thurston, Brittany Galvin, Magi Tareke, Ryan Claytor, MJ Snyder, Lauren Maddox, Mari Pepin, Victoria Larson, Anna Redman, Kaili Anderson, Khaylah Epps, Sarah Trott, Alana Milne, Illeana Pennetto, Kristin Hopkins, Marylynn Sienna, Sydney Johnson, Alicia Holloway, Carolyn Vallejo, Casandra Suarez, Corrinne Jones, Emani Curl, Kimberly Courneya and Saneh St. Clare all posted the message. Rachel Lindsay also included the post on her Instagram story, saying, "This is everything. This truly move me. Thank you ladies."