This week on The Bachelorette, guy-whose-eyes-are-too-far-apart Garrett received the first impression rose and immediately became a frontrunner for the competition. (No spoilers here, it’s just that the past few Bachelorette winners also received the first impression rose.) Pretty much immediately after that, problems arose when a since-deleted Instagram account posted screenshots of Garrett apparently liking a bunch of problematic Instagram memes. Think sexist, racist, transphobic, and also generally un-funny memes using Impact font like this is 2009 (though, to be clear, the real issue is the disgusting content of the posts themselves). What did I say? I knew you couldn’t trust a guy with the facial structure of a hammerhead shark! Didn’t I tell you guys? Anyway, since this has happened, the internet has basically put out a call for Becca to come get her mans, and Becca finally responded to the controversy yesterday.
Becca addressed Garrett’s reported Instagram habits in a new interview on E!. She said, “I’ve heard a little bit about it these past couple days. I’ve just been so busy traveling around the country with press that I haven’t really been able to read too much up on it.” Ok, sure, Jan. Nice deflection. She added, “But everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and at the end of the day, I wanted to go on this journey to open up myself and have people see my love story unfold, and I would hope that they would stay open and respect me but also stay open and respect these 28 guys that went along on the journey with me.”
Okay, so this just really makes no sense. This is just basically, “Garrett is entitled to his opinions [however hateful they may be], and please just watch my show, guys!” She’s basically asking us not to judge her—which, fine, those of us who remain unspoiled don’t even know how far Garrett goes in the competition at this point, so I’ll reserve my judgment of Becca for now. But to ask us not to judge this probably bigoted dude? I’m not sure about that. If there is one situation in which it’s universally okay to judge someone, I’m pretty sure it’s when they may have just been outed as a bigot.
Becca continued, “I feel like I got a much better picture of who these 28 guys were, as opposed to just looking on their social media and trying to make a decision of who they were by not talking to them.” Ah, okay, the classic “he’s a great guy once you get to know him” argument. A favorite among racist uncles and “my father will have you arrested” types everywhere. She added, “I think social media is a huge presence in our lives these days. There’s no getting around that fact. It’s difficult for people to say certain things about any of these guys, and so I would really just hope that they watch the entire journey and get to know them for who they really are.”
Is it just me, or does this read kind of like a spoiler? If Garrett was a total Lee type who barely made it past week three of The Bachelorette, would Becca bother sticking up for him to this extent? Wouldn’t she just be all, “I didn’t know, and also watch The Bachelorette for the most dramatic season ever”? I feel like she wouldn’t bother asserting multiple times that we should get to know Garrett before judging if she were to get rid of him next week. That’s just my speculation, though. For the record, Garrett claims his Instagram was hacked (sure, Jan #2). And of course people can be in a relationship while disagreeing on politics, except one of the memes Garrett supposedly “liked” mocked liberal women. This is hairy because Becca is a pretty outspoken liberal and supporter of Hillary Clinton and has been to the Women’s March, so I’d imagine Garrett’s opinions, if accurate, would cause more than a few arguments at the dinner table.
Becca: Why do you think all liberal women are overweight? And why are you body-shaming to begin with?
Garrett: Uh… let’s… do the damn thing?
So is this shady confirmation Garrett is the winner? Maybe. Then again, this could easily be a ploy by ABC to fuck up all our brackets. Guess we’ll have to wait (or head to Reality Steve) to find out.