Prior to being cast opposite the first black Bachelorette, Lee Garrett reportedly tweeted, “What’s the difference between the NAACP and the KKK? One has the sense of shame to cover their racist ass faces.”
Lee Garrett, a contestant on the current season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, has locked his Twitter account after a series of racist, sexist, and Islamophobic tweets from before the show filmed were exposed.
“What’s the difference between the NAACP and the KKK? Wait for it… One has the sense of shame to cover their racist ass faces,” he posted, according to a screenshot from Twitter user @emesola. Garrett also appears to have tweeted a petition to have Black Lives Matter recognized as a terrorist group. In another tweet, he allegedly wrote, “When is the last time you saw a pretty feminist? There is a reason for this,” and in another: “I don’t hate Muslims, I do hate Islam. I just mindfucked a few liberals for standing for something while making reasonable sense.”
Garrett is currently vying for love on of The Bachelorette with Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first black lead.
More than a dozen alleged tweets from Garrett throughout 2015 and 2016 have been published by a handful of websites in the last 24 hours.
ABC and Warner Bros. — which produces The Bachelorette — had no comment on the matter, and Garrett did not immediately reply to BuzzFeed News’ request for a comment.
A three-minute promo for what’s to come hinted that Garrett may emerge as this season’s villain.