Becca Kufrin Admits She ‘Came Up Short’ in the Recent ‘Bachelor Happy Hour’ Episode About Black Lives Matter
On June 9, Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin released the highly-anticipated episode of their podcast Bachelor Happy Hour where they discussed Black Lives Matter. The two also delved into a conversation about the controversial Instagram post by Kufrin’s fiancé, Garrett Yrigoyen. After the intense podcast episode, Kufrin posted a long message on Instagram and admitted she “came up short” during her conversation with Lindsay.
The controversy surrounding Garrett Yrigoyen’s post
On June 4, Yrigoyen caused quite a bit of controversy when he wrote a long post on Instagram defending law enforcement during the Black Lives Matter protests.
“There have been over 300 injured, shot, or killed in just one week. They are suffering the consequences over an act they didn’t commit. They continue to put in overtime away from their families, stay silent while being threatened, hated, and assaulted… Remember when they put on the badge they’re still humans, with raw emotion, the more brutality they face the more on edge they become, they make mistakes, they have compassion, and no matter how terrible they are treated or whatever negative is said to them, they still show up for us when we need them!” Yrigoyen wrote in his caption.
After his post, Kufrin announced on her Instagram story that an upcoming episode of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast would focus on Black Lives Matter. She also reassured fans that “conversations” about racism and police brutality were occurring with Yrigoyen.
“Many conversations are being had, between friends, family members, Garrett and podcast crew alike. Because I’m silent on IG right now doesn’t mean I’m silent in my life,” she wrote on her Instagram story.
Rachel Lindsay called Garrett Yrigoyen and Becca Kufrin out
During Bachelor Happy Hour, Kufrin admitted that she did not have the same views as Yrigoyen, but she defended his character.
“Garrett is my fiancé and I love him and to his core, I believe that he is a good person. What he posted … I don’t align with and I don’t agree with,” said Kufrin. “I don’t think he meant it in a malicious way, I do think it was tone deaf and it was the wrong time and message and sentiment. … I’m trying to get him to see the bigger picture.”
However, Lindsay, the Bachelor franchise’s only black lead, called out Yrigoyen for his Instagram post and his mindset. She also challenged Kufrin’s defense of her fiancé.
“I don’t understand why you say, ‘It wasn’t malicious’ or ‘I’m just now understanding things.’ You have to admit that you made a choice to not see it… A message what Garrett posted totally contradicts the movement that we’re trying to push forward. And to see so many people ‘like’ it … the thinking that Garrett has is a bigger problem… The problem is the people who don’t realize what they’re doing is a form of racism, the problem is people who are putting things out there against the movement,” Lindsay said.
Becca Kufrin admits she ‘came up short’ in the podcast
After the podcast dropped, Kufrin published a lengthy Instagram post. In the post, the former Bachelorette admitted she found problems in how she carried herself on the podcast.
“I value my friendship with Rachel. I also value my partnership with Garrett. So this is really effing hard. As it should be. I will be the first to admit that listening to this back, I came up short. Very short. I listen to this & wish I had said more, wish I could have expressed myself better, wish I could have given so much more than I did,” Kufrin wrote.
She also vowed to continue to use her platform to speak out and have the needed “uncomfortable conversations.”
“As an individual, I have the ability to use my voice, to use my platform, to have uncomfortable conversations during time-changing moments like this because it matters. It’s important,” she said.