Welp, Bachelorette fans are finally getting the confirmation they want, and the apology they deserve. People were horrified when news broke that an Instagram account seemingly owned by the recipient Becca Kufrin's first impression rose, Garrett Yrigoyen, had smashed the like button on some racist and insensitive content. On May 31, he admitted that he was the liker in question, and he feels, like, really bad about it.
"To those who I have hurt and offended: This is all new to me," he wrote on a new Instagram page. "I went on the Bachelorette for the adventure and possibility of falling in love, not fame. I did not know what to expect once the show aired. I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my 'likes' on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive." He went on to explain that he chose to delete the old account and "start fresh."
"I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself," he continued. "I am not perfect, and I will never be anywhere close, but now I will always be more informed and aware of what I am liking and supporting, not just on Instagram, but in life." He went on to say that the likes were simply "mindless double taps" and he didn't realize the weight of the situation. "I did not mean any harm by any of it. My Instagram 'likes' were not a true reflection of me and my morals."
Garrett insists that he wants people to see him for the "sincere, genuine, loving, light-hearted, open-minded and non-judgemental individual" he really is. He hopes that he can be a lesson to others that even actions that seem small have consequences. "Again, I sincerely apologize and am sorry for any hurt, damage, or offense I may have caused."
For the most part, fans seem to think that he's being genuine, and both Becca and producers of the ABC show have urged fans to give him another shot. But other people are still stunned by how inappropriate his "sense of humor" was. The posts he liked included memes mocking immigrants, shaming a Parkland school shooting victim, and trans people. Let's just hope he truly did learn his lesson.
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