The newest Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, didn’t waste time in coming for a former contestant on ABC’s The Bachelor after she wrote a tweet that has been described as racist.
Leah Block, who was on season 20 competing for the love and affection of Ben Higgins, wrote Monday night, “I’m sitting here watching @BacheloretteABC and my roommate just sat down on the couch and said, ‘What is this?’ @LoveAndHipHop? DEAD.”
Since then, Block has deleted her tweet and entire account, but not before Lindsay responded to her.
“Let me know if she wants to meet Lee… they sound like they would have a lot in common #ihavetimetoday”
Interestingly enough, the contestant, Lee Garrett, has been accused of writing racist tweets within the last couple of years. He’s also been the one stirring up the most drama.
“What’s the difference between the NAACP and the KKK? Wait for it… One has the sense of shame to cover their racist faces,” one of Garrett’s tweets from 2015 read. Another says, “I don’t hate Muslims, I do hate Islam.”
He also wrote, “Thousands sign petition to recognize #blackLivesMatter as terrorist group after Dallas [shootings].”
Speculation swirled that the producers and showrunners of the series knew and were fully aware of Garrett’s controversial tweets and beliefs about other nationalities— especially since Lindsay is the first African American woman to hold the Bachelorette title in the show’s history.
The cast also features the most diverse group since the show began, as well.
Host Chris Harrison cleared the air on reports the network knew about Garrett’s tweets.
“For those asking, no, of course we didn’t know about the offensive tweets from Lee’s account,” he said. “None of us were aware of them. Very unfortunate.”
It’s not clear if Lindsay caught on to Garrett while taping the show, or if he made it further in the competition without her knowing.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
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