Rachel Lindsay, who made headlines in 2017 as the first African American to star as "The Bachelorette," will appear at an online event for Adelphi University students, alumni, faculty and staff.
"A Conversation with Rachel Lindsay," a moderated Q&A presented by the Garden City college's Student Activities Board, will take place March 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. Participants can register at myaulife.adelphi.edu/event/6943141.
Trained as an attorney, Lindsay, 35, practiced in Dallas and Miami. She currently co-hosts the MTV series "Ghosted: Love Gone Missing" and the podcast "Bachelor Happy Hour," among other work in media.
As a correspondent for the entertainment-news show "Extra," Lindsay conducted an interview Feb. 9 with Chris Harrison, in which the "Bachelor"-franchise host blamed "the woke police" for condemning this season's "Bachelor" front-runner, Rachael Kirkconnell, for such racially charged actions as having attended an Antebellum South party. Harrison subsequently apologized for that and other comments in the interview, and has stepped down indefinitely from the franchise.
Kirkconnell, 24, apologized on Instagram on Feb. 11 for what she called her "offensive and racist" actions. She then recently posted a photo on Instagram Stories, where posts cycle out after 24 hours, showing her hand holding a cold drink and in the background a table with three books — one of them "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" (Flatiron Books, 2020) by NFL pro turned sportscaster Emmanuel Acho.
Lindsay on her podcast Tuesday responded to that image, saying, "You almost feel like you know everything you need to know about her in that picture," according to an excerpt transcribed by multiple outlets including Us Weekly and Cosmopolitan magazines and Vulture.com. "The fact that that's what she decided to do." Lindsay called Kirkconnell's earlier apology "well-written, it was pretty, and it was sincere. I'm not going to knock anyone's apology. But then the next step is to take action. Taking action to me isn't showing everybody that you're reading the book. You have such a big platform."
She added, "Vapid is the word that comes to mind," and said, "I don't think it could get any worse, unless [current "Bachelor" star Matt James] chooses Rachael," who is one of four finalists.
Also Tuesday, Lindsay floated to People magazine the notion that Acho, 30, might be an appropriate replacement for Harrison as the post-finale "After the Finale Rose" interviewer. Calling him "very outspoken about racial injustice, for social justice," she said Acho "has pretty much been the person who said, 'I can have these uncomfortable conversations, and people trust it.' Who better to lead it? [He is] someone who's not involved with the franchise, no ties, no bias — I think it'd be great."