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Rachel Lindsay to DeMario Jackson: STFU! You Don’t Know Me!

If you were to ask Rachel Lindsay, DeMario Jackson has a lot in common with Jon Snow.

Because he came back from the dead? Because he may be the Prince That Was Promised?

No.

Because, according to Lindsay, Jackson knows nothing.

Appearing on The E&G Podcast yesterday, Jackson touched on his brief stint as a suitor on The Bachelorette this past season, one in which Lindsay gave him the boot after learning DeMario had a girlfriend.

“I was only there for the two weeks in the house,” Jackson said, prior to delving into controversial territory:

“From the beginning you knew that she was attracted to white men. You knew that. No disrespect, you just knew. She had that vibe.

“From night one, we all set down, all the guys and I said, ‘They’re going to have a black representative, either myself or Eric, and they’re going to have Dean, Peter, and Brian as the final four.’

“We all caught that.”

In the end, Lindsay selected Bryan Abasolo over Peter Kraus on the show’s finale.

Both men are white, but that’s nothing more than a coincidence, Lindsay says.

Commenting on a photo from the podcast’s official Instagram page that was promoting Jackson’s appearance on E&G, she wrote the following on Tuesday:

“Says the guy that dated Lexi [a white woman]. Demario never knew me and still doesn’t.”

DeMario, of course, has become more famous for the controversy that engulfed him and Corinne Olympios on Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise than for his time on The Bachelorette.

Production on that spinoff was halted for a couple weeks while Warner Bros. conducted an internal investigation that eventually cleared DeMario of all sexual misconduct charges.

He appeared on the show last night, sat down opposite Chris Harrison and discussed all he’s been through.

“I know who I am. I know I’m not that monster they’re trying to portray on TV,” Jackson said.

“Like Michelle Obama said, ‘When they go low, you go high.’ It was hard to go high, but I had to do it because I train and mentor children, and I can’t tell them to be something that I’m not.

“That’s what kept me going. And great family, friends, school teachers, people at the gym. It was crazy to see the response from them… There was just so much love. I was extremely humbled.” 

Olympios will speak on air to Harrison next week.

Asked about his one-time sexual partner turned quasi nemesis, DeMario had only kind things to say.

“I felt bad for her ‘cause she was being slut-shamed,” he said.

“I love my mother and I love the women in my family more than anything in this world, and it hurt me knowing she was going through the same thing I was, but a little bit more aggressive and intense.”

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DeMario Jackson: The Bachelor in Paradise Sex Scandal Wouldn’t Have Happened if I Were White!

Sometimes, even when a scandal is resolved, the people involved are haunted by rumor and resentments.

The Bachelor in Paradise sex scandal is, unfortunately, an example of that. DeMario Jackson is understandably bitter at how some portrayed him.

What’s more, he says that the “scandal” would never have happened if he’d been white.

Last June, just days into the first attempt at filming Bachelor in Paradise season 4, production was shut down after DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios had a drunken hookup in the pool.

The alleged problem, brought forward by two producers, was that they thought that a sexual assault had taken place, because Corinne and DeMario were both said to be pretty heavily intoxicated.

You can plan to hook up with somebody and drink, sure. But if you’re plastered, folks, you can’t consent.

Nobody involved was ever heard accusing DeMario of taking advantage of Corinne or Corinne of taking advantage of DeMario, but the lack of information did lead to a lot of rumors.

It didn’t help that Corinne was unable to remember what had happened.

The investigation found no evidence of sexual assault, and Corinne publicly expressed satisfaction with the findings, but apparently even that vindication hasn’t soothed all of the hurt feelings during the investigation.

Understandably, DeMario still feels a little bitter.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DeMario Jackson says that the scandal never would have happened if he were white.

He suggests that the producers who expressed their concerns thought that they were seeing a narrative play out that wasn’t real.

“They wanted the angry black guy and this little, innocent white girl. But it wasn’t that.”

Very true.

And before you say that it looks like DeMario is slut-shaming Corinne, he’s not.

(We’ll get to that)

“If I would have been [white contestants] Alex [Woytkiw] or Derek [Peth], we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.”

Kind of awkward to name specific names.

(Also, it’s funny that he mentions those two, because Alex Woytkiw and Derek Peth look like they could be related)

DeMario laments his missed opportunities.

“I would probably be engaged to Alexis [Waters] right now.”

Wow.

DeMario has mentioned before on Instagram that he has fond memories from his few days on Bachelor in Paradise.

One of those fond memories was throwing coconuts into the water with Alexis Waters at, like, 3am.

He apparently asked Alexis to marry him, but we don’t know at what point.

She turned him down, though.

We don’t think that DeMario is saying that he’d be engaged to Alexis if he were white, but rather that, if the scandal hadn’t happened, he’d be married to Alexis.

And … maybe? White privilege is a real thing, and it’s certainly the case that some people are more likely to call the police on interracial couples, alleging either kidnapping or prostitution. (Racism sucks, folks)

It’s always easy to imagine that your life would be better if that one thing hadn’t occurred. It’s not always true.

We just hope that DeMario doesn’t get hung up on this and, personally and professionally, can move past this.

DeMario has more to say about how things would have been if he were white.

“This wouldn’t have been a story.”

We’re not sure about that, because the producers who raised the (false) alarm may have been sensitive to a drunk woman hooking up rather than to DeMario’s race.

But was there racism involved in the backlash? Absolutely.

“We wouldn’t even be having this discussion at all. … I had white America calling me the N-word and telling me to ‘go back to Africa.'”

That is so sad.

We’ve spoken about how even DeMario’s mother was told hateful things.

Again, Corinne never once said anything bad about DeMario.

And DeMario is returning the favor, talking about how shamefully people talked about Corinne:

“And they were slut-shaming Corinne, which sucked.”

Racism and sexism combined to shame both people when there wasn’t even a sexual assault.

DeMario says that this has impacted his entire worldview.

“For me, I’m just sitting here thinking, ‘Wow. Our world.’ The human race continues to let me down.”

That is wildly relatable.

Like, there was a literal Nazi rally over the weekend that included a terrorist attack against counter-protesters.

“Wow, Our world” is right.

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DeMario Jackson: The Bachelor in Paradise Accusations Made Me Suicidal!

ABC aired a “very important episode” of Bachelor in Paradise that featured a group discussion of  maybe felt a bit more like an after school special.

Some fans maybe felt patronized, but it’s a super important topic — especially for their younger viewers. 

But while DeMario couldn’t speak for himself on air, he’s given a new interview and … it sounds like things got really, really rough for him.

We all remember how production on Bachelor in Paradise was shut down in June after two producers expressed concerns that Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson hooking up in the pool was some form of sexual assault.

The two of them were said to be more or less plastered at the time after having been drinking all day.

Sometimes people plan hookups and deliberately get drunk for them, but nobody had the impression that Corinne or DeMario had planned much of anything.

For a while, we didn’t know what had happened, and there was even speculation that perhaps some overly eager producers had arranged the hookup in a misguided attempt to boost ratings.

While an investigation eventually determined that no sexual assault took place, some rumors unfairly targeted DeMario Jackson as if he were some sort of predator.

To be clear, no one involved ever accused DeMario of anything of the sort. Not the producers, not ABC, and not Corinne Olympios herself.

Unfortunately, these unfounded accusations against DeMario cropped up anyway.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, DeMario Jackson talks about how the show handled it with their recent special and about how the Bachelor in Paradise scandal impacted him.

He starts with their very special episode:

“I feel like they rolled enough of the tape. You can’t show too much, because that’s gonna disrespect Corinne and I, and I just feel like it wouldn’t be the best or the classiest thing to do. But, they showed enough.”

He’s absolutely right — if they hadn’t shown anything, questions would linger for eternity.

“The public, they need to see something. I think they just needed to see [that] she’s lucid. I’m lucid. We’re swimming around. We’re having fun. We’re friends.”

Humans are a very visual species and people need to see things to believe them, not hear them.

“It wasn’t like I’m some predator who was at the bar waiting for the girl to get extremely drunk, then I’m like, ‘Oops! Let me pounce on her.’ No, it was very mutual.”

There are plenty of ways that sexual assaults take place, including between friends, but based on what literally everyone is saying, that’s not what happened here.

“In fact, she was a little bit of the aggressor in it, and I love how they painted the picture and the story of us actually talking, mingling, getting to know each other.”

That’s very consistent with what other witnesses described.

“I do wish [they explained more]. Like, that very moment of us getting into the pool and everything, that’s when we had kinda got, you know, a little more cozier, so to speak. Everything happened and then we were just finished.”

“I signed up for this reality. I feel guilty, because my mom didn’t sign up for this, and she’s been getting harassed, people tweeting at her, on her Instagram saying, ‘Your son’s a rapist.’”

That’s awful.

We wouldn’t message any members of even Bill Cosby’s family about what a monster he is.

Direct your hate at bad people, not the relatives of people who haven’t been accused of anything.

“That was the part I was most sad about. I feel like I created this for my family, in a sense, by being a little reckless. … And I just want to say I’m sorry to them.”

There can always be fallout for celebrities. It goes with the territory, sometimes.

Alarmingly, DeMario describes some of his feelings during the scandal as: “suicidal, but not like the suicidal that you might think.”

That’s frightening, but he clarifies.

“I never thought, ‘Oh, I’m gonna kill myself,’ but it crossed my mind.”

That sounds like suicidal ideation, which is relatively normal, rather than a suicidal impulse.

More like how people might think “gee, I wish I could just die instead” when faced with something unpleasant like finishing all of their work at the end of the semester or attending a family gathering.

We hope that it wasn’t more than that, at least.

DeMario says that he’s totally “here for” Corinne Olympios and that, despite his experience, he bears no ill will towards Bachelor in Paradise.

If you’re wondering why there was an investigation to begin with if the determination of no sexual assault left Corinne Olympios satisfied with the investigation, it’s because Corinne didn’t remember what had happened.

This wasn’t because she was somehow so drunk that she couldn’t think or form memories.

Corinne has stated that this was the result of unthinkingly mixing prescription pills with alcohol.

While she’s obviously not responsible for what happened — the accusations came from producers, not from her — this could have been handled without any fuss if Corinne had remembered events and not had to rely upon what other people told her happened.

We can only imagine how terrifying it would be to go for weeks, told that you were somehow victimized in an event that you cannot remember.

Hopefully, Corinne will share her experience with the world soon. Or, at least, whatever she’s comfortable sharing.

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Cast Mostly Turns on Corinne, Defends DeMario Post-Hookup

The remaining cast of “Bachelor in Paradise” made it clear whose side they’re on after the hookup between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that shut down production … and it ain’t really hers.  Chris Harrison had a sit-down with the…

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