FORMER Bachelor contestant Demi Burnett from Colton Underwood's season has come under fire for donning apparel branded with a confederate flag.
Burnett took to social media to speak out on the incident shortly off the heels of Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's "racism" scandal.
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When did Demi Burnett wear a confederate flag jacket?
Demi Burnett wore a confederate flag jacket a few years ago after her ex-boyfriend's father gifted the reality star with a Yeezy jacket.
The jacket in question was a green bomber jacket designed by rapper Kanye West with a confederate flag patch sewn onto the sleeve.
In 2013, West was photographed wearing the jacket in question and later sold confederate flag merchandise on his tour. Speaking to 97.1 AMP in Los Angeles, he explained his position on using the flag.
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“React how you want,” West said at the time.
“Any energy is good energy. The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it, right? So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now, what are you going to do?”
What did she say about wearing the jacket?
Burnett took to Twitter to apologize for wearing the jacket and offending people for her "ignorance."
"People are telling me I shouldn't say anything, I'm going to say something about this. That’s ignorance. That’s ignorant of me not to pay attention to the confederate flag," she said in the video.
"Even more ignorant of me to not even know how harmful that is to people. So like, yeah, I royally f*cked up wearing that. And I am so f*cking sorry. Like, I’m disgusted with myself.
"I’m embarrassed, like, it doesn’t even matter how I feel. I’m just so f*cking sorry because that is not what I stand for, that is not what I’m about. And I’m really mad that I ever wore it," she continued.
In a separate video, she continued speaking about how apologetic she was for the incident.
"I know better now – did not know better then," she said.
"So, really, what I can say now, is… be better than me. Don’t look up to me. Look up to being better than me, cause I f*cking suck. And I really f*cking hate myself like, for being ignorant. Cause this is the time to change the world, make it better, and I made it worse. So I’m really, really sorry.”
Burnett is one of a slew of Bachelor stars that have come under fire for their past racially charged social media history or commentary.
Rachael Kirkconnell's controversial Instagram activity has come back to haunt her as pictures depicting “racially insensitive” content have resurfaced.
The contestant from Matt James' season was also dragged after photos resurfaced of the reality star attending an "old South" party at a plantation in her college years.
Bachelor fans are demanding ABC fire long-time Bachelor host Chris Harrison for his "unacceptable" comments he made while chatting about Kirkconnell's scandal with former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay.
What did Bachelor fans say about Demi Burnett's apology?
While some fans accepted Burnett's apology, others were not as forgiving to the Bachelor star.
"Self-flagellation on the timeline doesn’t make an apology… it shifts the focus from you owning your actions to the person/s who was harmed having to console you," one Twitter user said.
Another agreed that her apology was "manipulative behavior" and added, "You can be an apologetic person while holding yourself accountable without being verbally abusive to yourself."
"Babe I love how real this is lmao everyone needs to do an apology VIDEO instead of a notes app," one penned.
"Oh Demi…never apologize to the mob, who has no interest in offering you forgiveness. Apologize to someone in person if they have the courtesy to approach you in private," another said of the backlash.
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