Rachel Lindsay Gets Real About ‘Pressure’ of Being the First Black Bachelorette as Racial Tensions Run High
Rachel Lindsay is keeping it 100, just like she promised.
The 32-year-old attorney broke down on this week’s episode of The Bachelorette, as racial tensions among her suitors ran high.
With DeMario out of the house (and now causing controversy in Paradise), it seems we have a new villain or two.
“I feel like I am baring myself completely, and I’m sacrificing myself, and I’m putting myself on hold to do this all over again, because that’s how serious I am about this. And if I’m 100 percent honest, I was disappointed in the guys tonight, and I don’t really know how to handle it,” Rachel said to the camera after hearing a blow-out fight between Lee and Kenny after the singer/songwriter interrupted the wrestler.
“You don’t understand the pressures that are going to come with all of this. I’m going to get emotional [about] the pressures that I feel about being a black woman and what that is,” Rachel continued, crying. “I get pressure from so many different ways, being in this position, and I did not want to get into all of this tonight. I already know what people are going to say about me, and judge me for the decisions that I’m making, and I’m going to be the one who has to deal with that, and nobody else. And that’s a lot.”
With both Lee and Kenny surviving the rose ceremony, the group headed to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina — where, despite a few sweet dates, tensions only seemed to intensify.
During the boat/spelling bee group date (don’t ask us who planned that), Iggy called out Josiah during his one-on-one time with Rachel… and then decided to tell Josiah about it.
“Just a week ago, he had the same conversation with Eric… with all due respect, Iggy’s a bitch!” Josiah fired back during his confessional. “I’m not even trying to be funny, I’m surprised he’s still in the house! He does drugs, he shoots steroids into his nuts. He confessed to all of us!”
Iggy and Josiah’s beef wasn’t the biggest of the episode, however.
During his private time with Rachel, Lee slammed Kenny, explaining that the single father was “aggressive” towards him during the fight she overheard.
“He’s a ticking time bomb. I knew Kenny was a butthole,” Lee happily clucked to the camera (really, he clucked), before Rachel confronted Kenny about the situation.
“Aggression without action is talk,” Kenny explained in his own confessional. “Lee’s an alternative facts piece of garbage!”
Though we’ll have to wait until next Monday to see Kenny and Lee’s supposed throwdown (and how the former receives a bloody eye), as the episode aired, Rachel gave fans a hint of what she thinks of Lee on Twitter.
“Let me know if she wants to meet Lee,” she wrote to a fan who said her friend compared the episode to Love and Hip Hop. “They sound like they would have a lot in common.”
The Bachelorette will air next week on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
ET’s Lauren Zima got a behind-the-scenes look at the drama-filled group date before all the name-calling. See more in the video below.
DeMario is out of the house…and the spot for this season’s villain seems to have already been filled.
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