The Bachelorette won’t premiere until Monday, but there’s already a controversy brewing. The LGBT community is angry over a transphobic statement made by one of Rachel Lindsay’s suitors.
At the ABC.com official Bachelorette site, each of the 31 contestants are featured in bios. Firefighter Bryce Powers stirred up social media when he answered the fairly innocuous question “What’s your biggest date fear?” by answering, “The chick is actually a dude.” Who are the interns that edited these questions, and have they lost their jobs yet?
The official statement from ABC is fairly boilerplate: “This comment does not reflect the views of ABC, Warner Horizon or bachelorette Rachel Lindsay,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement to TheWrap. “We have removed it from ABC.com.”
In the meantime, for a thorough roundup of social media responses, check out the post at the LGBT news site Queerty.
Dear Bryce, on behalf of trans women I can assure you: none of us want to date your bland preppy 1980’s teen movie villain rhombus ass. xo https://t.co/VbcN4bya4s
— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) May 19, 2017
This is hilarious. Because yeah, dude’s head shape is totes distracting.
Bryce from the Bachelorette needs to humble thyself. head shaped like a slice of bread. i promise no trans woman wants ur Kia Soul head ass. pic.twitter.com/9illA3ZPAo
— emi (@sluttysunflower) May 19, 2017
The irony, of course, is that the latest season of the Bachelorette is being heralded as the most diverse and inclusive ever. Rachel Lindsey has the distinction of being the first person of color to star in the franchise. And the cast is made up of a healthy mixture of black, white, Latin, and Asian dudes.
Here’s what Powers posted on twitter today. Oy.
— Bryce Powers (@bdpowers5) May 19, 2017