February 2, 2023

Bachelor’s Greer Apologizes for Resurfaced Tweets About Blackface

Bachelor Zach Shallcross' 1st Impression Rose Winner Greer brown t shirt

Lower than 24 hours after Bachelor Nation met Greer Blitzer, a contestant on Zach Shallcross’ season of the ABC sequence, she is apologizing for previous racist on-line conduct.

“The journey to like is stuffed with classes and these classes are additionally made on our journey of development. In my previous, I’ve made some uneducated, ignorant and admittedly, improper feedback on my social media accounts,” the 24-year-old Texas native started on Tuesday, January 24, by way of Instagram Tales. “Particularly, I used misguided arguments on Twitter to defend a pupil who wearing Blackface as Tupac for Halloween.”

She continued: “I’m deeply sorry to these I’ve damage, particularly these throughout the Black neighborhood, not as a result of these screenshots have resurfaced, however as a result of I ever shared these dangerous opinions in any respect. Time and age don’t excuse my actions, however this isn’t a mirrored image of who I’m as we speak.”

Earlier this month, Reddit customers shared screenshots of Blitzer supporting a fellow teenager who was below hearth for sporting Blackface and a Tupac shirt at a celebration.

“The scholars concerned didn’t even know what black face was so my level precisely. It wasn’t an intentional racist act,” Blitzer wrote on the time. “She didn’t paint herself black as a result of she felt superior to black [people]. Placing white powder in your face isn’t okay both. That didn’t make the information did it? I apologize if this offended you however you could perceive it was not initially speculated to be perceived that manner in any respect.”

On Tuesday, Blitzer concluded her assertion by noting that she doesn’t “stand by or condone the damaging opinions and behaviors I share throughout that stage of my life and can endlessly remorse making these offensive remarks.”

Blitzer had a powerful debut on The Bachelor, incomes Shallcross’ first impression rose on Monday.

“With the night time that may get chaotic, one thing with Greer that was actually useful was how comforting she made me really feel throughout that,” the ABC lead instructed Us Weekly completely about Blitzer earlier than the premiere aired. “I didn’t really feel like I used to be getting rushed or pulled into one million totally different instructions with Greer. She was capable of form of simply pull me apart and make me really feel relaxed. So once I seemed again at who I used to be gonna give the rose to, it was only a actually, actually good impression of like, ‘OK, it’s positive. We will take it straightforward. It’s not this chaotic night time one on a regular basis.’”

Bachelor Zach Shallcross' 1st Impression Rose Winner Greer Blitzer Apologizes for Defending Blackface in the Past coffee

Greer and Zach bonding over Espresso.
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Blitzer is hardly the primary contestant within the franchise to apologize for previous actions. Final season, a pic of eventual Bachelorette season 19 winner Erich Schwer in Blackface from his highschool yearbook made headlines. In 2021, Chris Harrison was within the information for his obvious protection of eventual Bachelor season 26 winner Rachael Kirkconnell after outdated pics of her at a university occasion in an antebellum-style gown.

“It’s at all times evolving,” ABC exec Robert Mills told The Hollywood Reporter concerning the “vetting course of” for contestants in a narrative printed on Tuesday. “So we’re clearly attempting to get higher. Clearly, your objective is to have zero points. As we go season by season, we try to get higher and higher as a result of we hate when these points come up. I do assume we’re bettering, and we’re studying methods to good this as we maintain doing it.”

The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.