Anna Sheffer
August 07, 2018 10:56 am

After Season 22 of The Bachelor ended with Becca Kufrin being spurned by Arie Luyendyk, fans were enraged on behalf of the would-be winner. Thankfully, Becca got a second chance at love in Season 14 of The Bacheloretteand in the August 6th finale she committed to a future with Garrett Yrigoyen. However, her choice has proven controversial due to Garrett’s social media history.

The Bachelorette’s Instagram controversy began at the end of May, when HuffPost reported that Garrett had liked several Instagram posts demeaning transgender people, undocumented immigrants, and liberals. One of the posts even referred to Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg as a “crisis actor.” Garrett’s Instagram account was made private on May 24th and later deleted, but Twitter user and former The Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey shared screenshots of some of the likes.

According to HuffPost, in June, the contestant issued an apology on Instagram, writing in part that he didn’t realize “the power behind a mindless double tap on Instagram and how it bears so much weight on people’s lives.”

On ABC’s After the Final Rose special on August 6th, Garrett stood by his apology when speaking with host Chris Harrison.

"I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings or do anything like that," he said, according to The Washington Post. "So I stand by everything that I posted in my apology, and I’m just trying to grow as a person, be a better person on a daily basis."

The Post pointed out that Becca is a supporter of Hillary Clinton and participated in the Women’s March. However, the bachelorette reportedly told Harrison that she believed Garrett “didn’t mean it.”

"The Instagram situation, I don’t condone that," Becca said. "I know he stands by his apology, and he feels so bad for everyone that he did offend. And, you know, he didn’t mean it. But I just want to move forward and to learn and to grow and to continue to educate ourselves."

Even before Garrett’s Instagram likes surfaced, Season 14 of The Bachelorette was already facing some backlash over another one of its contestants. On May 21st, days before the season premiered, Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery for groping a woman, and he was sentenced to a year in a house of correction.

What are your thoughts on the most recent controversy?

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