Lee Garrett has been designated as a villain on The Bachelorette 2017 and we’ve got all the details on the controversy surrounding him, show spoilers and more below. If you do NOT want to know Garrett’s fate on the show, then STOP READING NOW.
Garrett Reportedly Gets Eliminated on a Two-On-One Date
Garrett is definitely a villain on this season of The Bachelorette and he does not get along well with some of the other contestants, particularly Kenny King. And so, these two are invited on the first two-on-one date of the season. According to Reality Steve, Garrett does not get the rose on this date and he is sent home.
Social Media Posts From His Past Have Been Dubbed Controversial
In 2015 and 2016, Lee Garrett posted tweets that dealt with race, the LGBT community and other topics, but his tweets have been called controversial and offensive by many fans online. The posts have since been deleted, but you can check them out in the above tweet.
Contestants Have Said That Garrett Has Targeted Blacks on the Show
On an episode of The Bachelorette, Garrett, who is white, calls a fellow black contestant “aggressive,” which upsets others. Contestants 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.” In addition, contestant Dean Unglert,who is white, implied on the show that Garrett allegedly targeted fellow black cast members on the show.
Garrett Previously Said Lindsay Was the ‘Classiest’ Girl on ‘The Bachelor’
Prior to being on the show, Garrett was speaking with production and complimented Rachel Lindsay, saying he was “excited” to vie for her heart. He stated:
I had been watching and… Rachel was probably the classiest girl on the season and it was somethin’ else.
Clearly, Lindsay no longer has a high opinion of Garrett after a recent Twitter post she made online. When a fan compared an episode of The Bachelorette to Love & Hip Hop, Lindsay tweeted that the fan should date Garrett. The fan wrote, “I’m sitting here watching @BacheloretteABC and my roommate just sat down on the couch and said ‘what is this? @LoveAndHipHop_? DEAD.” Lindsay didn’t seem too fond of the comparison and it appears that she took the post as racially charged, like some of Garrett’s tweets in the past.
He Was Sought Out by Producers of the Show Via Facebook
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Garrett talked a bit about the casting process for being on The Bachelorette. Garrett said that production actually reached out to him via Facebook and he explained:
I got a message on Facebook from one of the show scouts saying, ‘Lee! What would you think if I asked if you would be interested to try out for The Bachelorette?’ It kind of shocked me. I thought, ‘Me?’ I had never seen the show before so I was honest and told them I don’t know much about it. I don’t see myself as the type of guy to really go on a show like that — because you think it’s a bunch of guys that are dashing and I’m a Mississippi boy. It wasn’t something that I ever thought I’d be doing. But I told them it intrigued me and then it went from there into six months of interviews and all kinds of things.
Another contestant, who was considered a villain this season was DeMario Jackson and he was also approached by producers. He didn’t even have to apply to be on the show.