Reality star Locky Gilbert can’t seem to stay out of trouble since he was announced as our Bachelor for 2020, and now some very dark skeletons from his past have reared their heads.
It seems Locky like the rest of the world completely forgot about MySpace before joining The Bachelor franchise, accidentally leaving an old profile active on the site that features a couple of very problematic photos.
Yep, the pinnacle of social media between 2005 and 2010, it seems 30-year-old Locky was one of many to use the platform to share some of his innermost thoughts and ideas as a teen.
Unfortunately, 16-year-old Locky had some choice opinions on Australian immigration.
In his still-active MySpace account, then-teenage Locky shared a graphic of Australia with the racist slogan “F**k off were [sic] full” written inside.
Below it was the Southern Cross sign with the phrase ‘Aussie Pride’ emblazoned across it.
While the star constellation and expression of patriotism might seem innocuous, it bears remembering that those two symbols were harnassed just one year later by racist groups during the 2005 Cronulla Riots as a sign of far-right, white Australian nationalism.
Perth native Locky has since apologised for the comments in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle saying he is sorry for the comment he ‘made over 14 years ago’.
“I do not hold these views and I apologise for the offence I have caused,” he wrote.
Channel Ten has been contacted for comment.
Channel Ten’s reality stars’ pasts coming back to bite them
The latest incident marks the second time a Channel Ten reality star has been found to have made seriously problematic comments online.
Reynold Poernomo left fans gobsmacked during MasterChef: Back to Win earlier this year, when deeply homophobic comments he made on a bodybuilding forum back in 2014 resurfaced.
Reynold under the username ‘ReyRey’ described homosexuals as ‘freaks’ and called for them to be marooned on an island on the website.
“I wish the world made a united decision where they will capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that way straight [people] will be happy and the freaks can go on and f*** themselves,” he wrote.
In response to a forum entitled, “Is homosexuality a mental illness?” he wrote simply ‘Yes, end of thread’.
Reynold later apologised for the comments saying he was ‘ashamed’ of them.
“I would like to offer my sincere and deepest apologies for the comments that I made in 2014,” he said in the statement. “I am ashamed of these comments and I regret them immensely.”
“At the time these comments were made, I was a very immature, close-minded and insular 20-year-old. I have grown and matured a lot in the last six years. I am not the person I was back then.”
“I have many friends and colleagues that are part of the LGBTQI+ community. I wholeheartedly support them and care deeply for them. I am truly sorry and apologise for any offence or hurt I caused.”