Rachel Lindsay Says She Didn't get the Happy Ending Becca Did
Bachelor nation is still basking in the afterglow of last night's finale, but one viewer isn't exactly in a state of bliss. Rachel Lindsay, last season's Bachelorette, sounded off after Becca Kufrin's fairy-tale ending, writing in her blog for Us Weekly that she felt like the show's producers presented the controversy of Kufrin's season completely differently than they did with hers.
"She was protected and I was placed on display for three hours and labeled an angry black female," Lindsay wrote.
The Cut reports that even though Garrett Yrigoyens's social media presence came under fire as the season aired, there was almost no mention of it during the season finale. When host Chris Harrison brought it up, Yrigoyen simply brushed it off, spouting out what seemed to be a rehearsed response:
"Some stuff came out about my social media. And I didn’t realize the effect behind a double-tap or a like on Instagram. So I put out an apology. I didn't mean to offend anybody. When I was 'liking' things, it was going against what she stands for. And that made it really hard on us as a couple. So, when we started talking about that, we got through that together. We’re growing, we're progressing."
Lindsay noticed right along with everyone else watching. She felt that during her finale, she had to endure footage of extremely emotional scenes and face Peter Kraus's rebuttals. All Kufrin had to go through was an extremely emotional Blake Horstmann. Plus, Lindsay had to do it all live, a first for the franchise, adding another layer of stress to situation.
"Becca did not sit on stage for three hours and watch the finale for the first time in front of a live audience," Linsday wrote. "Becca did not have to deal with someone telling her she would live a mediocre life. Becca did not have to deal with being baited with real-time questions about her emotions watching certain scenes. Nope, that was me. Becca not only found the man of her dreams, she got her happy ending...on camera."
Perhaps it was just the narrative that producers wanted to paint for Kufrin. After what she went through with Arie Luyendyk Jr., having the perfect happy ending made for great television. What else would make for great TV? Fans keep asking Lindsay whether or not she and her fiancé, Bryan Abasolo, will get married on TV—and she thinks that could be one way for the Bachelor crew to give her the conclusion she was looking for. If ABC wants a chance to air her wedding, she's open to the idea.
"They damn sure owe us one," she says.