May 22, 2017 at 2:14 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
‘Bachelorette’ contestants under fire for transphobic comments

(‘The Bachelorette’ contestant Bryce Powers. Photo Craig Sjodin/ABC)

“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.

“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.

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