“The Bachelorette” contestants haven’t introduced themselves on TV yet, but two suitors are already stirring controversy for comments that have been slammed as transphobic.
ABC.com has uploaded the biographies and questionnaires of the 31 contestants vying for the heart of bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. Contestant Bryce Powers answered the question, “What’s your biggest date fear?” by replying, “The chick is actually a dude.”
The comment was offensive for some people who took to social media to blast the contestant.
Bryce from the Bachelorette’s biggest fear is trans women who are attempting to conceal their birth sex. I see why yer single, douche bag.
— Sharon Needles (@SHARON_NEEDLES) May 19, 2017
well ‘Bryce’ from The Bachelorette, my biggest fear is that my weird-headed Elven date turns out to be a transphobe pic.twitter.com/H5T1JDFOrF
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) May 19, 2017
Dear Bryce, on behalf of trans women I can assure you: none of us want to date your bland preppy 1980’s teen movie villain rhombus ass. xo https://t.co/VbcN4bya4s
— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) May 19, 2017
“This comment does not reflect the views of ABC, Warner Horizon or bachelorette Rachel Lindsay,” an ABC spokesperson told The Wrap.
The offending comment has been removed from Powers’ bio on ABC.com.
Contestant Lucas’ questionnaire also included a controversial comment. When asked who he would have dinner with dead or alive, he responded, “Dead: Bruce Jenner, Alive: Caitlyn Jenner …. Would be a very interesting convo.”
Refinery29’s R.A. Farley writes that the comment is harmful to the transgender community.
“…but the fact remains that A. Lucas considers Bruce Jenner to be dead, which implies that Caitlyn Jenner killed her cisgendered persona and B. Lucas is fetishizing the experience of a trans woman. I’d like to think that Lucas wants to talk to Caitlyn Jenner in an effort to understand the trans experience. But I can’t help but think that’s not the case,” Farley writes.
Lucas’ comment has not been removed.
“The Bachelorette” premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on ABC.