Garrett Yrigoyen, a medical sales rep from Reno, Nevada, is one of the 28 men vying for Bachelorette Becca Kufrin’s heart this season. He secured the coveted first impression rose, as well as a kiss from Becca on the season premiere of the show, meaning he is a “frontrunner” as of this writing. But all that might be about to change.
Former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey apparently did some sleuthing after following the contestants on social media, and was surprised to find that Yrigoyen has “liked” a variety of posts mocking trans people, Colin Kaepernick, and undocumented immigrants. In another of his liked posts, Parkland shooting survivor and gun reform activist David Hogg is referred to as a “crisis actor.”
Spivey took screenshots of Yrigoyen’s likes and shared them in a thread Tuesday evening:
Can we do a better job of social media deep dives on the dudes that try out for #thebachelorette – FYI douchebags we can see your likes.— Ashley Spivey (@AshleySpivey) May 24, 2018
Yrigoyen has apparently set his Instagram to private since the fallout, but it will be interesting to see if the controversy makes its way to the Bachelorette.
All of this comes after a similar debacle last season, when a contestant named Lee found himself in the hot seat after his Twitter timeline revealed some racist posts he’d made over the years. Lee was forced to reckon with his tweets during the season’s reunion special.
You’d think ABC would be screening for exactly this kind of thing during the casting process, which gives these controversies a certain manufactured feel. We’ve all seen UnReal, guys.