Each season of The Bachelorette brings one or two controversial candidates with it, and this time it's some offensive Instagram likes. But on Wednesday, Becca Kufrin responded to Garrett Yrigoyen's alleged Instagram behavior during an interview with E !, and the way she responded might not be the kind of show fans had hoped for. (Bustle has contacted ABC about the alleged Instagram activity, but they have refused to comment.)
Last week, Bachelor candidate Ashley Spivey shared screenshots of Yrigoyen's alleged likes that have been sent to her by fans. Among the preferences were a number of offensive contents, such as the claim that Parkland student David Hogg was a crisis actor, one about throwing undocumented children back across a border wall, and other sexist and transphobic photos. Since Bachelorette candidates (including the leadership) may no longer have phones or Internet access during filming, Becca is only now learning of this development, but wants their fans to remain open-minded.
She told E!:
"I've heard something of it in the last few days I was just so busy traveling around the country with a press that I was not really I can read too much about it, but everyone has a right to their own opinion, and at the end of the day I wanted to go on that journey to open up and let people see how my love story is developing and I hope they do that I would stay open and respect me, but also stay open and respect those 28 guys who were traveling with me. "
It makes sense that Becca is not informed about the current controversy, but it is a lot to ask fans to stay open to meet a candidate like Garrett who supposedly holds such offensive convictions. Hate tolerance, as shown on these Instagram posts, has never been so great in America (such as Roseanne on Tuesday), and it's hard to respect someone who does not do that for them People who are different from him.
It is also important to note that Becca itself does not have the same belief in the content of these posts. In the past, she retweeted liberal Lehnposten on Twitter, including one from former Vice President Joe Biden on LGBTQ community support . It is even stranger that Becca is ready to let those alleged likes slip – and that she asks fans to do the same.
She also spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the alleged post. "I can not blame anyone for what they believe and who wants to say that someone really believes in them when they just type twice, I can not talk to them because that's just me," she said. "I am a strong woman and I believe in certain things, but that is so great in our country – everyone has a right to their own opinion."
She also said in her interview with E! that it was refreshing for her to have conversations face-to-face with her candidates – without being able to research her social media accounts online – because she got to know them by talking to them in person. That's why she wants fans to meet their contestants by seeing this season rather than judging by what they see online.
"People form their own opinions, but at the end of the day I know who I am and my friends and family know the kind of person I am, and I can only name the guys I think social media is a huge presence in our lives these days, there are no circumstances that make it difficult for people to say certain things about these people, and I would do so, I really hope that they do Watching travel and getting to know what they really are. "
Although social media can complicate matters in the field of dating in any case, it helps fans to formulate a broader view of the candidates that did not stand in the spotlight before The Bachelorette. Some fans will probably be dissatisfied with Becca's request, and that's completely understandable. It's hard to move forward if you find out that someone is representing such insulting beliefs.
Like Becca in her interview with E! Mentioned, she was unable to fully investigate the situation, so her opinion may change. It is important that this type of behavior is not tolerated – not even in the name of reality TV love.