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Bachelorette' Star Apologizes for Using Racial Slur on Instagram Live

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By    |   Monday, 18 May 2020 11:12 AM

Former 'Bachelorette' star Hannah Brown has been forced to apologize for using a racial slur on Instagram Live. The 25-year-old was called out on Saturday for saying the “n” word in a video in which she raps to DaBaby's 'Rockstar.'

"I owe you all a major apology," she wrote in a statement posted to her Instagram stories, according to Glamour. "There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said," she wrote. "I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better."

The video that sparked outrage has since been deleted but not before it was widely shared on social media. In the clip, Brown tries to rap along to the lyric, "with the pistol on my hip like I'm a cop. Have you ever met a real {censored} rockstar?"

Fans watching live blasted her for the racial slur, but Brown denied using the word and instead said it may have been her brother.

"I did? I'm so sorry," she giggled. "I don't think...Maybe it was Patrick," she added.

Fans demanded an apology and Brown continued to defend herself on Instagram Live.

"I really don't think I said that word, I don't think I said that word, but now I'm like, oh god. I'd never use that word. I've never called anybody that," she was cited as saying by Glamour.

"We don't say that word," she continued. "So, you know what, I'm going to stay here, and y'all can think I said whatever I did or think I'm something I'm not, but I'm not that," she said. "Look, people are going to want to think whatever they want to think of me, get mad at me, whatever. And even if I did accidentally say it, I'm very sorry, I was singing a song and not even thinking."

It was not just Brown's followers who slammed her for saying n---a in her video. Members of the 'Bachelor' nation were quick to jump in.

Among them was Bekah Martinez, who appeared as a contestant on Season 22 of "The Bachelor."

"How are people still gonna defend CELEBS with access to SOOO much privilege, knowledge, and education saying the N-word...even if it's 'just the lyrics to a song'...especially when that person had the wherewithal to skip over the F-word lyrics first," she posted a statement on her Instagram Stories, according to CNN.

"We've GOT to hold people accountable to do better otherwise we're continuing to prioritize the feelings of white people (and someone we 'stan') over ending our country's loooong history of casual racism and flippant anti-blackness."

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Former 'Bachelorette' star Hannah Brown has been forced to apologize for using a racial slur on Instagram Live. The 25-year-old was called out on Saturday for saying the “n” word in a video in which she raps to DaBaby's 'Rockstar.'
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