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‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown apologizes after using the N-word on Instagram Live video – USA TODAY

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Published 9:24 p.m. ET May 17, 2020

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“The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown made a shocking final decision.

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Hannah Brown has apologized on her Instagram page for “unacceptable” language – using the N-word during an Instagram Live broadcast Saturday night.

“The Bachelorette” and “Dancing With the Stars” champion said there was “no excuse” for using the racial slur incorporated into her rendition of a popular song.

“I owe you all a major apology,” Brown wrote in Instagram Story Sunday. “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. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.” 

In the now removed video, still posted on TMZ, Brown used the racial slur while apparently trying to remember the lyrics to DaBaby’s “Rockstar.” She stopped herself, but then continued with the song. 

Brown later addressed her word usage after fans called her out in the Instagram Live comments. “I did? I’m so sorry… No, I was singing… I’m so sorry,” she said. Brown followed up with the full apology the next day.

“Bachelor” alum Bekah Martinez called out Brown and the controversy on her own Instagram Story. 

“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,” Martinez wrote. 

“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,” Martinez added. “So no, it’s not cool to just sing it along the lyrics of a song. especially not ON YOUR PLATFORM WITH MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS?!! smh. it’s 2020.”

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