The contestant who became the apparent front-runner for the affections of “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin on Monday’s premiere of the ABC reality competition is already under fire. Variety reports that Garrett Yrigoyen, who received “the first impression rose after a charming entrance in a family-friendly minivan,” is getting blowback over his social media activity.
“While Yrigoyen was winning over Kufrin onscreen, the Huffington Post reported that the suitor has a history of liking posts on Instagram that mock Parkland high school students, liberal women, trans people, and undocumented immigrants,” Variety reports. “He has since deleted the account, which was made private on May 24, but not before former ‘Bachelor’ contestant Ashley Spivey posted screenshots of his social media activity to Twitter.”
Variety adds: “The screenshots show that Yrigoyen has liked numerous memes and posts from conservative political pundits, including Tomi Lahren, which include comments about the appearances of women, throwing immigrant children over border walls, and suggestions that Parkland student David Hogg is a crisis actor.”
The report notes that it is likely Kufrin was unaware of Yrigoyen’s activity, with “Bachelor” contestants being restricted from being on social media while they’re on the show.
ABC wasn’t commenting, the report notes.