Not a Good Day for ABC: ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Has a History of Liking Transphobic Instagram Posts
It was revealed today that Garrett Yrigoyen, a contestant on the current season of The Bachelorette, has a history of liking some pretty horrible stuff on Instagram. He has liked posts ranging from mocking trans and gender non-binary children to making fun of liberal women, undocumented immigrants and even one survivor of the Parkland Shooting.
Yrigoyen is currently starring on the 14th season of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Yrigoyen, a 29-year-old medical sales representative, became an early frontrunner for Becca Kufrin’s heart on the season premiere episode Monday night, receiving the coveted “First Impression Rose” shortly after he arrived.
But all may not be what it seems. Screenshots recently shared by former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey show that Yrigoyen’s now-deleted Instagram account has liked several pretty offensive posts.
Trans and genderqueer people are frequent targets of the posts Yrigoyen appears to endorse. He appears to have liked multiple memes mocking Caitlyn Jenner, people who identify as other than their gender assigned at birth and young boys who wear makeup.
One image his account liked ridicules “leftist women” for being fat, comparing them to conservative women like Tomi Lahren. Another makes a joke that U.S. military should address undocumented immigration by throwing small children over the border wall.
Funny thing is, the woman Garrett Yrigoyen is vying for happens to be part of the group he’s allegedly mocking. Kufrin identifies as liberal. She supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 and attended the Women’s March in 2017. It should be interesting to see how she reacts to Yrigoyen’s social media activity when it’s is a definitely a departure from her own set of values.
This isn’t the best day for ABC. Roseanne Barr, the star of her reboot on the same network, posted a slew of racist tweets this morning. Hours later, ABC programming president Channing Dungey announced that her show was canceled.
While ABC was quick to respond to Barr’s vile tweets, they declined to comment when asked by HuffPost about Yrigoyen’s alleged likes. HuffPost also reached out to a representative for Warner Brothers, which produces the series, and to Yrigoyen himself, but they have yet to post if they’ve heard back.