The Bachelorette Season 13 may have a transphobic contestant on their hands. Bryce Powers, one of the suitors who will be vying for Rachel Lindsay’s heart, made a comment that many are interpreting as transphobic in his show bio.
For the bio, Powers, a 30-year-old firefighter, had to answer a series of questions. One of them asked “what is your biggest date fear?”
To that Bryce replied, “The chick is actually a dude.”
Pretty soon the internet, namely Twitter, found out about the comment and the angry tweets against the reality TV show contestant started rolling in.
“Bryce from the Bachelorette’s biggest fear is trans women who are attempting to conceal their birth sex,” RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sharon Needles tweeted. “I see why yer single, d**che bag.”
Jen Richards, Emmy-nominated writer of Her Story who is transgender, also commented on The Bachelorette contestant’s comment.
“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 a**,” tweeted Emmy-nominated writer Jen Richards.
Comedy writer Alise Morales also chimed in.
“Lol that’s funny my biggest date fear is finding out he was once a contestant on The Bachelorette,” she tweeted.
The controversy around Bryce Powers’ comment could take the shine off of this groundbreaking new season of The Bachelorette. This season’s star, Rachel Lindsay, is the first star of color in the Bachelorette or Bachelor franchise. Also, as Inquisitr previously reported, this cast of suitors is the most diverse.
According to an article in Entertainment Tonight, Rachel will be addressing racial issues during the show.
“I always say, it’s something that should be talked about,” Lindsay said. “I’m happy to address it. I’m honored to be the first [black Bachelorette].”
Lindsay seems pretty committed to being open about race on the show.
“With the guys, you know, if it’s something new to them, then I want to talk about it the same way that I [wanted] to talk to Nick about it: ‘Have you ever dated a black woman before?'” she added. “I’ll talk about my experiences as well. You know, it’s about me, too, but I don’t want it to be something that defines our relationship. But I think it’s something important to address.”
— Blavity (@Blavity) May 21, 2017
Lindsay also shared that she’s open to dating men from any race so don’t expect any of the suitors to have an inherent advantage because of their ethnic background.
“I don’t just date a specific race. I date everyone. I’m open to everyone,” she revealed. “I’m hoping to see a cast that reflects that as well, and I’ve told [producers] that.”
But there are some character traits that are a definite turn off for the 31-year-old attorney from Texas. One of them is cockiness
“I do not like a cocky guy. I like a confident guy,” she confessed. “You can toe the line just a little bit, but I cannot stand a cocky guy.”
“[I’m] definitely [looking for] confidence, a man that’s secure and self-aware. I’m gonna bottle that all into one,” she added. “[I want a] guy who has good morals. And then a funny guy.”
Somehow, we think that Bryce Powers, based on his comments, doesn’t stand much of a chance with Rachel.
Rachel also revealed that she has little patience for drama or “cattiness” among her suitors.
“I’m so direct that I won’t entertain the drama or the [pettiness] or cattiness. I’ll just deal with situations as they come to me, so if guys come to me about a villain in the house, I’ll be aware of it, my antennas will be up but I’m not going to feed into it too much,” she said. “That’s not my style.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 18, 2017
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