'Bachelorette' Star Hannah Brown Apologizes For Saying The N-Word In Instagram Video
Former Bachelorette star Hannah Brown has issued an apology after she used the N-word in an Instagram Live video on Saturday. Get the full story and read her statement below...
Hannah Brown has addressed the backlash after she shared an Instagram Live video that included footage of her singing the N-word and then denying it.
The controversial video was shared on Saturday night. Fans, celebrities, and media called out her actions shortly after.
Brown initially responded on Saturday with a confused and skeptical apology, but she returned on Sunday with a "major apology" and a "promise to do better."
Hannah Brown's controversial Saturday on Instagram
In the original Instagram Live video, Brown is heard saying the word while reciting the lyrics to "Rockstar" by DaBaby. She soon received complaints, which prompted her to respond in another video.
"I did?" she replied after being told she'd said the word. "I'm so sorry. No, I was singing. I'm so sorry. I don't think. Maybe I did."
"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," Brown continued, according to ET.
"We don't say that word. 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 to her 2.8 million followers.
"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."
The original clip and first part of the apology are included in the much-viewed video below (with a warning for problematic language, of course).
.@hannahbrown singing the n word. This is deplorable and while it isn't my apology, the fact that you would giggle about it as you and your friend deny you saying it and that you'd say "no that's Patrick"... beyond impermissible. You need to ACTUALLY address this. pic.twitter.com/6ARR1h3lBe— ✨ (@pastelhour) May 17, 2020
Bachelorette alum Hannah Brown apologizes for N-word controversy
On Sunday afternoon, Brown, 25, returned with an accountable and regretful statement.
"I owe you all a major apology. There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said. I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all," Brown wrote.
"I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better," the apology, which appeared on her Instagram story, concluded.
Brown appeared on The Bachelorette in 2019 and was the winning participant on Dancing with the Stars in the same year.