Erich Schwer, one of the top candidates on this season of “The Bachelorette,” has apologised after a photo of him in blackface from high school came to light online. Schwer, who is now 29 years old, wears an afro wig and dark makeup in the photo, which was posted on Reddit on Wednesday.
Schwer wrote on Instagram Thursday that she was sorry for the offensive photo of her in blackface from her high school yearbook that had been going around. “At the time, I thought that what I did showed how much I loved Jimi Hendrix, but it was just my ignorance.”
He went on to say, “I was unaware of how hurtful my actions were to the Black community and to those closest to me, and I will always regret my offensive and damaging behaviour. I am deeply ashamed of my actions, and I know that my apology is only the first step in taking responsibility.”
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USA TODAY has asked a representative for “The Bachelorette” for more information. In recent years, racism-related problems on the “Bachelor” show have drawn a lot of attention. The winner of Season 25 of “The Bachelor,”
Rachael Kirkconnell was criticised by fans when they found out she had “liked” TikTok videos about the Confederate flag and gone to a fraternity formal in 2018 with an Antebellum theme. Kirkconnell later wrote on Instagram that she was sorry for her “offensive and racist” actions.
In an “Extra” interview with Rachel Lindsay, who became the first Black “Bachelorette” in 2017, Chris Harrison slammed the “woke police,” called for “compassion” for Kirkconnell, and said the party she went to was a product of a different time.
Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment announced in June 2021 that Harrison would step down as host and thanked him “for his many contributions over the past 20 years.” Former “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown apologised in 2020 for using “unacceptable” language when she used the N-word during an Instagram Live broadcast. She said there was “no excuse” for using the racial slur.
Brown wrote on Instagram at the time, “I owe you all a huge apology.” “There’s no reason for what I said, and I won’t try to explain it. I’ve read your messages and seen how hurt I’ve made you, and I take full responsibility. I’m very sorry, and I know that using this kind of language in public or private is wrong. I promise to do better.”