Former US Bachelor star and conventionally attractive corn-fed hottie Colton Underwood came out as gay this week in a Good Morning America interview.
The announcement was met with an outpouring of support and was immediately followed by the news that he is getting his own Netflix documentary about his coming out journey.
While it’s a big deal for a Bachelor star like Colton Underwood to come out, there are already calls for the documentary to be pulled, thanks to his treatment of his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph.
The pair dated for a year after his season, but last September, she filed a restraining order against him, accusing him of harassing and stalking her.
Amongst other things, Randolph claimed that Underwood planted a tracking device under her car, and would take “obsessive” walks near her parents’ house.
She also said she was “fearful for her safety” after spotting him in an alley outside her bedroom window. The order was later dropped, after the pair reached an agreement.
Underwood addressed the allegations in an unaired segment of his GMA interview, saying:
“I made mistakes in the end of that relationship. And I ruined the good memories we had by my actions and what I did to hold on to being straight, because I didn’t want to look myself in the mirror. So for that, I’m extremely, extremely sorry.”
Brett S. Vergara, who is a part of the Bachelor Diversity Campaign, put his thoughts in a Twitter thread, saying:
“First, I’m glad to see Colton more at peace and happy he can live more as his true authentic self. I’ll always be in support of that. That doesn’t excuse the abusive, manipulative, and literally illegal stalking behavior he displayed in his past relationship.”
“The phrase “Hurt people hurt people” comes to mind — and while context sheds light on the situation, it does not excuse, change, or even minimize that hurt and pain caused by those actions. I’m hoping Cassie feels supported by those close to her today.”
— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) April 14, 2021
Another Bachie fan account put it more succinctly, saying “Colton coming out doesn’t erase the fact that he stalked and terrorised his previous girlfriend.”
— BachShitCray (@Bach_ShitCray) April 14, 2021
There are even calls for Netflix to cancel its upcoming documentary on Underwood’s coming out journey. The petition, which currently has more than 12,500 signatures, reads:
“Cassie is a victim of Colton’s abuse, and he does not deserve a platform in any way. Regardless of his sexuality, Colton should not be given a platform as a result of his abusive, manipulative, and dangerous behavior.”
Some are keen to see Colton Underwood return to The Bachelor as its first gay headliner. Whether or not that happens, at least we’ll always have Finding Prince Charming.
If you never saw it, the Logo show was a chaotic mess where a cluster of sex-starved bottoms were rounded up into a mansion and ordered to fight over an underwear model.
Sadly, that show never got a second season.