Lee Garrett made quite a scene as a contestant on this season’s “The Bachelorette,” but his Twitter feed might have one-upped him. Throughout the season Garrett clashed with other contestants on the show, but especially with the men who have a different skin color than him.
By the time the #MenTellAll came around, contestants were ready to confront Garrett and you know, address why he would come on a show where the big winner hopefully gets a lifetime of happiness with Rachel Lindsay, the show’s first African-American bachelorette.
After Chris Harrison read some of Garrett’s tweets out loud (they were bad) other contestants took time to speak to him.
Josiah Graham asked him, “I want you to articulate to all of us why did you come on a show where the bachelorette was an African American woman, if on the other hand, you’re tweeting about black people and groups of black people who fought and died so I can be on the stage next to you. People came before me so that I could go to the same school like you, so I could drink from the fountain like you. And if you’re comparing them to the KKK, people who hung my ancestors, why are you trying to date a woman who looks like me?”
Garrett responded with, “I don’t like racism at all. It bothers me morally. It bothers me inside, and I don’t like it. And when I woke up and I saw that those came out, it hurt me a lot. And I started thinking about how reckless —”
From there, contestants asked if he was sorry or sorry he got caught.
After the show multiple contestants said they don’t believe Garrett’s apology and they think ABC knew about the tweets before casting him.
Dean Unglert was especially hard on Garrett, “He tries to do a good job of acting remorseful, but I don’t really think it was really authentic. The main character trait that could kind of sum him up during the show and tonight is manipulative, and I think that’s all he was trying to do tonight is manipulate the audience and Chris Harrison and whoever else was listening.”