Another member of Bachelor Nation is speaking out following Hannah Brown‘s recent controversy and as we’ve been reporting, the reactions haven’t been pretty.
Mike Johnson, who appeared on the Alabama native’s season of The Bachelorette, caught up with TMZ and reacted to the now-viral video of the star saying the n-word while singing along to a song, calling it absolutely “unacceptable.”
Johnson told the outlet he wants to have an open discussion with Brown about not using the racial slur in hopes it’ll educate the masses:
“What Hannah did was unacceptable. Issues like this bring light to the bridge of pop culture and racism within our country. I’m inviting her and everyone to a conversation, in hopes to educate everyone that this type of behavior needs to be changed and is unacceptable. My aim is that in this moment we don’t divide, we come together, learn from this and create change for the better.”
The early fallout from the incident suggests people are going to be talking about this slip up for some time, and according to the reality star, they should at least be having the right kind of conversations about it! It’s not too far off from what Tyler Cameron had to say about the broader implications of Hannah’s mistake.
The Air Force veteran and Demi Lovato‘s one-time flame also slammed fans who criticized him for not speaking out sooner in a video posted to his IG Story over the weekend. He said:
“I look at my phone, and I see a few people coming at me because I’m not defending women of color because of something that Hannah Brown did. She shouldn’t have said the N-word. It’s pretty damn simple to me.”
At the time, Johnson said he hadn’t seen the clip of Brown saying the word and reiterated it’s not his job to monitor what she’s up to:
“People, don’t come at me like I’m watching everything that’s going on between all my cast members on the show.”
Hannah should’ve definitely known better — that’s 100% on her!
It’s unclear when and if Johnson’s proposed chat will actually happen but if it does, hopefully, he can get through to her in a way that others haven’t. As we touched on earlier, several other alums have voiced their opinions on the matter including Cameron and his pal Matt James, Bekah Martinez, Nick Viall, as well as the franchise’s first and only Black female lead, Rachel Lindsay. The season 13 star said she spoke to Brown and was personally offended she wouldn’t apologize on-camera after being bold enough to broadcast it that way in the first place.
After reflecting on her whirlwind weekend of drama, a source tells E! News Hannah is really going through it right now:
“Hannah is extremely upset and embarrassed over the situation. She hadn’t realized what she’d done until after the fact, and is so disappointed in herself. It was a huge mistake and she feels awful.”
We bet she probably wishes she took Rachel’s advice in hindsight but hey, there’s still time! Miz Brown could pony up and do the right thing by using her massive platform to at least TRY to fix things. But will she?
Your guess is as good as ours! Reactions, Perezcious readers??? Let us know (below) in the comments.
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