Nick Viall, who had a starring role on the 21st season of The Bachelor after finishing as runner-up in two seasons of The Bachelorette, said it was "deeply disappointing to see."
"There is no excuse. Period," he wrote on his Instagram Story.
Said Mike Johnson, who competed for Brown's heart on The Bachelorette: "She shouldn't have said the N-word. It's pretty damn simple to me."
Meanwhile, Tyler Cameron —who was also on Brown's season of The Bachelorette — urged his followers not to turn on her during this time.
"In these moments you have the opportunity to bury someone or lift them up," he wrote. "We need to lift [Hannah Brown] up from this. She is learning and growing just like every single one of us. Love rids hate. Hate only makes more hate. Let's learn and lift each other up with love."
"This is not about dragging [Hannah Brown]," he also said. "This is about using your platform for reasons like this. So we can educate those who don't get it. This is bigger than [Hannah Brown] This is a societal problem."
Cameron — who was self-isolating with Brown last month — went on to ask those blaming rappers for using the word to look inward instead.
"[Hannah Brown] is not racist. I know. But blaming the rap artist is not the answer. Educate yourself … We have a long way to go on this issue and a lot to learn. If you find yourself getting defensive, you are part of the problem."
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