The Bachelor had its Season 27 premiere on Monday, January 23, and naturally, controversy shortly adopted.
The First Impression Rose was handed out by Bachelor Zach Shallcross to contestant Greer Blitzer, a 24-year-old medical gross sales rep primarily based in New York Metropolis. However the drama for Blitzer started lengthy earlier than the present went to air, method again in September 2022.
On the time, a Reddit person shared screengrabs of the soon-to-be-contestant’s now-deleted tweets from 2016, wherein she defended a pal who wearing blackface to go as Tupac for Halloween. One in every of her feedback learn, “Placing white powder in your face isn’t okay both. That didn’t make the information did it?”
Consideration on the Reddit put up and her previous feedback grew following the fact present premiere, so Blitzer selected to deal with her stance in her Instagram Tales, writing the next:
“The journey to like is stuffed with classes and these classes are additionally made on our journey of progress. In my previous, I’ve made some uneducated, ignorant and albeit, mistaken feedback on my social media accounts. Specifically, I used misguided arguments on Twitter to defend a scholar who wearing Blackface as Tupac for Halloween. I’m deeply sorry to these I’ve damage, particularly these throughout the Black neighborhood, not as a result of these screenshots have resurfaced, however as a result of I ever shared these dangerous opinions in any respect. Time and age don’t excuse my actions, however this isn’t a mirrored image of who I’m as we speak.”
That is removed from the primary time The Bachelor has suffered from racism points. There was no black Bachelorette within the franchise till 2017, and Chris Harrison misplaced his position because the long-running collection host after defending a contestant whose images attending an antebellum-South themed get together went viral.
It stays to be seen simply how far Blitzer will make it in Season 27.
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