The ABC show “The Bachelorette” is at the center of a furor over tweets sent out by Lee Garrett, one of the suitors vying for the affections of Rachel Lindsay, the “Bachelor” franchise’s first African American lead.
People magazine reports that Garrett, a 30-year-old singer-songwriter, is alleged to have sent tweets in the past describing Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group and advising readers to “Never trust a female liberal.”
The current season of “The Bachelorette” boasts one of the franchise’s most diverse casts ever, the report notes.
Garrett’s Twitter account is private, but a user has posted screenshots of messages that are said to be from Garrett, including several dating back to 2015.
One of Garrett’s tweets allegedly says: “Guys … when is the last time YOU actually saw a pretty feminist? There is a reason for this.”
Other tweets apparently from Garrett express his support for “inhumane torture of terrorists” and declare: “I do hate Islam.”
With the new season of the show just getting up to speed following its premiere May 22, ABC has not commented.
Below is one of the tweets attributed to Garrett and reposted by a Twitter user …