The Bachelor's Taylor Nolan Says Public Outrage over Her Tweets Is 'So Valid': 'I Was So Lost' - PEOPLE Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:00:00 GMT ‘Bachelor’ Alum Taylor Nolan Under Investigation for Past Racist Tweets. Nolan had posted the tweets in 2011 and 2012, when she was a teenager. In her posts, she insulted minority groups in the United States, such as Indians and other Asians, as well as Jews. The latest tweets from @taymocha. Taylor Nolan apologises about the tweets On Sunday (February 28th), Taylor took to her Instagram Stories and uploaded a video in which she said she was sorry about the controversial tweets.
Bachelor Nation star Taylor Nolan has issued an apology after fans unearthed what many called 'racist' and other offensive past tweets.
The posts were shared on Reddit and Twitter this weekend following her recent condemnation of departing franchise host Chris Harrison over his controversial interview with The Bachelorette alumRachel Lindsay.
'I hope that ya'll..don't hold me to the standard of being perfect. I'm not,' Nolan, a 27-year-old mental health counselor, said in a video posted on her Instagram Story on Sunday, Feb. 28. 'And I do apologize to the folks that I hurt and offended with those statements. I hope, I sincerely hope that you see that I stand with you today.'
Nolan had posted the tweets in 2011 and 2012, when she was a teenager. In her posts, she insulted minority groups in the United States, such as IndiansandotherAsians, as well as Jews. Other tweets fat-shamed people or contained homophobic slurs.
Scores of fans called on Nolan to apologize. On Sunday afternoon, she shared a written statement on her Instagram, along with posting a video of herself explaining her actions on her Instagram Story and regular feed.
'My tweets from ten years ago are s--tty, they suck, they were wrong, and are hurtful,' Nolan wrote in her statement. 'I want to be clear that they don't take away from the work I do today, they are literally how I got here to doing this work.'
Taylor continued, 'I never deleted those tweets for a reason because they've been a part of my ~journey~ since way before going the bachelor. I didn't need anyone to call those things out to me to know they were wrong, I've been doing that work on my own for the last ten years and its the same work I do today and the same work I will continue doing for the rest of my life. 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.'
In her Instagram Story video, Nolan reiterated that 'the perspectives that I held in those tweets from almost 10 years ago, I do not currently hold nor have I for many years.'
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'They're literally how I got to doing this work in the first place,' she continued. 'A lot of that stems from my own internalized racism from growing up in a white supremacist culture, from experiencing the racism that I did and thinking falsely that I could protect myself by being close to whiteness. That was how I protected myself, that was, honestly, my trauma response, was upholding white supremacy, which obviously, I speak out a lot on today and that's because I very well know how to see when someone is doing it, because I used to do it.'
The backlash over Nolan's tweets comes weeks after Harrison announced he is temporarily 'stepping back' from his longtime role of host of The Bachelor and its spinoffs after apologizing for 'excusing historical racism' during a TV interview with Lindsay about leaked past photos of currentThe Bachelor hopeful Rachael Kirkconnell, for which she apologized. Following the controversy, many Bachelor Nation stars, including Kirkconnell and Nolan spoke out against racism and rallied behind The Bachelorette alum, who quit Instagram amid harassment from other fans. Nolan even wrote on her page on Saturday that she thinks Harrison should be fired outright.
'I hope that ya'll take the time to listen to this video and consider giving me an inkling of grace that we're often so quickly to give people like Chris after just an apology, without seeing any of the work being done,' she said in her Instagram Story video on Sunday. 'I've been doing the work.'© Provided by E! Instagram / Taylor Nolan
Fellow Bachelor Nation star Ashley Spivey, who competed on season 15 of The Bachelor with Brad Womack in 2011 and appeared on Nolan's podcastLet's Talk About It.. in 2019, had condemned the fellow reality star's tweets before Nolan shared her recent comments on them.© Provided by E! Instagram / Taylor Nolan
'I am horrified and disgusted by the language used in the tweets from Taylor,' Spivey wrote on her Instagram Story on Sunday. 'I wanted a chance to look them up to confirm that they were real. I cannot speak for her and I hope she will denounce this language and her behavior ASAP. The Taylor I've known for the past couple of years has shown growth and a willingness to be an advocate. Accountability would be applied to anyone in this situation whether they were a friend, family member, colleague. etc. There is no defense for racism, homophobia, fatphobia, or the hatred I saw displayed. Full stop.'
'A very sad thread of Taylor Nolan from The Bachelor franchise tweeting racist, homophobic, fatphobic, and ableist tweets,' one fan tweeted earlier in the day. 'Not a good look then or now. Why are the most vocal people the biggest hypocrites? #TheBachelor #TaylorNolan.'
Another fan wrote, 'Everyone, even taylor nolan, needs to be held accountable when they've been racist, homophobic, etc. everyone. Her growth journey can be real, but accountability for harmful actions needs to also be real.'
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https://www.thelist.com/333793..Think back to Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor (via People). You'll of course remember Taylor Nolan, who was also featured on Bachelor in Paradise (she got engaged to Derek Perth, but they later split) after being sent home on week five, according to Fandom.
Fans are of course already reeling from the racism controversy rocking Bachelor Nation, with Chris Harrison ultimately deciding to temporarily part ways with the franchise in light of his cringeworthy interview with Rachel Lindsay on the topic of Rachael Kirkconnell's past social media posts. But now, Nolans' tweets from 2011 and 2012 have also come to light, which poke fun of Jews, Asian Americans, and Indians, according to People. She also allegedly made homophobic comments in past posts.
Now, Bachelor Nation is speaking out about Nolan's posts, with Lindsay among the first to comment. On her podcast, Lindsay admitted to feeling 'shocked' by the content of the tweets, noting Nolan had been 'very outspoken about all the inequalities and injustices within the [Bachelor] franchise.'
Kaitlyn Bristowe condemns Taylor Nolan's posts
Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe spoke out on Instagram after at first taking a beat since she was too disturbed to comment. The Dancing With the Stars winner, who initially faced backlash for not saying anything about Nolan's tweets, said she 'needed to take a second and not react with emotion.'
'I'm shocked that it's Taylor Nolan because she talks about being an ally and how she's done all this work — which I'm not discrediting that she's done all the work. Quform. But to use that as an excuse .. is dismissing what you've said' Bristowe eventually shared (via Us Weekly).
Meanwhile, for her part, the psychotherapist has addressed her past posts via Instagram. 'My tweets from ten years ago are s****y, they suck, they were wrong, and are hurtful,' she wrote alongside a lengthy video. She added, 'I want to be clear that they don't take away from the work I do today, they are literally how I got here to doing this work.'
Taylor Nolan has apologized for her past tweets
In her initial video addressing the situation, the reality star also told fans, ' If you're gonna take the time and energy to scroll through ten years of my tweets then please take your time to listen to this video. I never deleted those tweets for a reason because they've been a part of my ~journey~ since way before going the bachelor [sic].'
Nolan later released a lengthy follow-up statement and apology on Instagram in which she noted in no way did she mean to defend her past tweets. One prominent member of Bachelor Nation, Bekah Martinez, was not satisfied, commenting, 'Taylor, it's hard to accept this apology after seeing what appeared to be your true feelings in your reaction yesterday. It's really disappointing to see how your apology has missed the mark of so many of the standards you've held everyone else to.'
Interestingly, despite her controversial past posts, Nolan has been among those calling for Harrison to be fired from the ABC show given his racially insensitive interview. The irony wasn't lost on Twitter, with one fan noting, 'Wait.. so, the same girl that created a petition to get rid of Chris Harrison after he perpetuated racism is now in trouble for similar s**t & asking for grace? I can't keep up anymore. I'm speechless.'