Lee Garrett was one of the “villains” on season 13 of The Bachelorette and one contestant who he definitely got into confrontations with was Kenny King. Both ended up on a two-on-one date together and Garrett was sent home. King left shortly after, as he was an emotional single dad who felt he needed to leave. Garrett rubbed several of the contestants the wrong way and was also in the media for posting controversial tweets, that dealt with race. In 2015 and 2016, Lee Garrett posted some controversial tweets that focused on race, the LGBT community and other topics. But, his tweets were found to be offensive by many fans on social media. The posts have since been deleted, but you can check them out in the below tweet.
On an episode of The Bachelorette, Garrett, who is white, calls a fellow black contestant “aggressive,” which upsets others on the show. Contestant Will Gaskins, who is black, explains to Garrett that:
When you call him ‘aggressive,’ there is a long-standing history in this country regarding black men as aggressive to justify a lot of other things … I don’t think he meant to play the race card. I think he truly was offended by it — by that choice of word. If I’m looking at it from an objective standpoint, the way that he’s interpreting it is a very negative and potentially racially charged connotation.
Contestant Dean Unglert, who is also white, had his opinions about Garrett as well, implying on the show that Garrett allegedly targeted fellow black cast members on the show.
Tonight is the Men Tell All Special of The Bachelorette and we get to see Lee Garrett try to unsuccessfully apologize to foe Kenny King. We also will hear what star Rachel Lindsay thinks about his behavior and his controversial tweets. Lindsay confronts Garrett, saying:
It’s so disappointing to me because you had such strong opinions on such sensitive topics, and you turned it into something so ugly … I didn’t want to give any life into you, your opinions, or your brief time on the show,” she added. “You had the opportunity to be about something so beautiful — and I’m not just talking about me, right? And I feel like I’m in such a unique position to where I have the opportunity to be a spokesperson for African Americans, for women, right?
Watch a clip of Lindsay confronting Garrett below.
The remaining three contestants on The Bachelorette, who are headed into the finale, are Eric Bigger, Bryan Abasolo and Peter Kraus.