Well, here we are again — an incident of a contestant on The Bachelorette coming under fire for the way in which they used social media before the show.
In this case, we are talking about a contestant in Garrett Yrigoyen whose Instagram account has a history of liking some very controversial posts. According to The Huffington Post, some of the posts Garrett liked before deleting his account included some that mocked transgender people, immigrants, feminism, and women’s appearances in general. To go along with that, he also liked a post that proclaimed Parkland student David Hogg to be a “crisis actor.”
To say that some of this is a problem for ABC is an understatement, to say the least. After all, the network has supposedly been in the business over the last year of cleaning this up — remember when Lee Garrett came on the show last year after a history of race-related social-media posts? What is it about people with Garrett in their name and this show?
Maybe it’s possible that ABC looked at contestants’ social-media posts without looking at their likes, and that is precisely what got them in this position. Ultimately, though, what feels pretty clear at the moment is that this is a problem that Garrett is going to have to address on the show. He’s shown through his likes (strange as that is to write a pattern of behavior of supportive hateful, controversial things. Even if he claims that the posts were just jokes, other people out there won’t see it that way. We supposed he could claim he was hacked or a friend was using the account, but will anyone believe that?
One way or another, ABC’s not got themselves yet another scandal at a time that they certainly don’t need one — remember everything that happened earlier in the day when it comes to Roseanne?
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