Taylor Nolan has issued an apology and now Bachelor Nation is speaking up.
On Sunday, Feb. 28, Nolan, a former contestant on the 21st season of The Bachelor and fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise, issued an apology after coming under fire for controversial past tweets she posted as a teenager that were recently unearthed. “My tweets from ten years ago are sh–ty, they suck, they were wrong, and are hurtful,” she wrote in part of an Instagram post, which also included a video statement. “To my fellow BIPOC community and the other folks who I harmed in those tweets, I see you, I hope you see me, we are in this together and I’m sorry I didn’t always stand with you. I’m sorry I centered my whiteness and the whiteness around me. I’m sorry I wasn’t better then, but I am here now and will always be.”
Amid backlash toward Nolan, who is biracial, with a white mother and African-American father, fellow members of Bachelor Nation have spoken up about the controversy. “Taking time out of my sunday social media break to post this because I think a lot of other bach nation people will be scared to say something and this needs to be called out,” Bekah Martinez, a former Bachelor contestant on Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s season, wrote on her Instagram Story on Sunday. “@taymocha as someone who consistently calls out other people’s apologies, I expect far better than this bulls–t that consistently centers yourself, and is insanely self-congratulatory and snarky. humble yourself and call it what it is, the things you said went far beyond centering whiteness…They centered bigotry and hatefulness.”