Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown is apologizing for a racial slur she muttered during a recent Instagram Live video.
But it may be too late. The damage might already be done.
On Sunday (May 17,) Brown headed to her Instagram Stories to express regret for saying the n-word while she was singing the lyrics of a rap song called “Rockstar” from the artist DaBaby earlier in the weekend.
“I owe you all a major apology,” the 25-year-old expressed to her fans, according to People magazine. “There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said. I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.”
Understandably, many of her fellow stars within the Bachelor franchise was shocked by the news and also headed to their social media accounts to express their disappointment in Brown.
“We can’t give people a pass for this,” said former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, who is best known as the first African American bachelorette in the history of the ABC series. “We have to hold people accountable for what they’re doing, Non-black people should not feel okay about saying the word n*****. It’s wrong, You should feel disgusted when you say that word. You should feel uncomfortable. That word has so much weight and history behind it.”
One person that seemed to be sticking up for Brown was her former love Tyler Cameron.
“In these moments you have the opportunity to bury someone or lift them up,” he wrote on his Instagram story. “We need to lift [Hannah Brown] up from this. She is learning and growing just like every single one of us. Love rids hate. Hate only makes more hate. Let’s learn and lift each other up with love.”
Hannah also found support from some fans in the comment section of her latest Instagram post.
“As a black woman, I do not feel this was done with malice or ill intent. We are talking about a song folks. And if she were black or a person of color, would it make the proclivity of the use of that word to identify ourselves any better? I think not. Maybe the issue here is that the word has been so enveloped in mainstream culture, our music, our way of life. Maybe THAT’S what needs to change. I’m the interim, cut her a break,” wrote one follower.
“Girl look me being an African American I want to tell you myself that you DID NOTHING WRONG!! You wasn’t using the word to be hateful you just did what ALL PEOPLE WHO REPEAT LYRICS DO.. REPEATED THEM so feel sorry because they world feels so offensive,” added another follower.
“She said the N word rapping a song a black man wrote and sings. She never called anyone that word. It is a song. She was caught off guard and apologized right away, commented another. “Unlike many people who say it and have a script of what to say to apologize. Relax people!”