Why did ABC Invite Lee Garrett to Rachel Lindsay’s “Bachelorette” Season?

Posted by Jeanne on June 1, 2017

The internet has exploded with screenshots of tweets sent out by Bachelorette contestant, Lee Garrett. The alleged messages range from mild indignation about racial issues to him comparing the NAACP to the Ku Klux Klan. People, of course, are freaking out and asking why they would include this guy on the season featuring Rachel Lindsay, the first African-American woman to step into the role?

Rachel Lindsay

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Garrett, a 30-year-old from Nashville, has allegedly posted things such as “Never trust a female liberal,” likened the Black Lives Matter movement to a terrorist group, and said “I do hate Islam.”

He also reportedly wrote: “What’s the difference between the NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and the KKK [Ku Klux Klan]? Wait for it….. One has the sense of shame to cover their racist ass faces,” and “Guys … when is the last time YOU actually saw a pretty feminist? There is a reason for this.”

Yikes! Considering the fact that these tweets go back a year or two, there’s no reason why ABC should have missed this. The current season features the most diverse group of contestants so, surely, they anticipated that he would have to interact with minorities. Why would they include someone like Lee Garrett in this historic season?

Maybe someone really messed up and didn’t properly vet him… or… maybe he’s been included for ratings. Is it possible that they wanted to showcase racism for America to see? Did they want Lee to potentially cause an issue that would increase viewership while confronting societal issues?

We will probably never know but, so far, neither Rachel Lindsay nor ABC has commented on the controversy. Interesting.

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