After Nick Cummins’ shock decision on the finale of The Bachelor not to choose anyone, all eyes were on Ali Oetjen for the premiere of The Bachelorette on Wednesday night.
She certainly delivered in the entertainment department with a record-breaking first kiss – she became the first Bachelorette ever to pucker up to a suitor at the first cocktail party.
There were also a few tense exchanges between some of the contestants – apparently “bro code” was broken.
However there was one comment made by Ali herself, which left viewers outraged on social media.
During Ali’s first meeting with contestant Bill (who she ended up sharing her first kiss with) on the red carpet, he revealed he was born something different than ‘Bill’.
“I wasn’t born Bill,” he said, the show abruptly cut to an advert. Turns out Bill was actually born ‘David’.
However, it was Ali’s reaction that’s sparked some outrage.
“He’s not a woman, tick!” she said in a piece to camera.
Viewers labelled the comment “troubling” and “transphobic”.
Oh look! Transphobia in under the first 30 minutes. This could be the first and last night of the @BacheloretteAU #bacheloretteau And I don't mean Bill, by the way. That was just a dick move. It was Ali's reaction that was very troubling.
— Tori Hodgman (@torihodgman) October 10, 2018
So, Ali was really relieved that there wasn't a trans guy on the show. She should be so damn lucky! Disappointed to see trans people being used as props for jokes that should have died out decades ago #BacheloretteAU #trans
— Flufflepot (@IamFlufflepot) October 10, 2018
sigh. that transphobic / trans-bating scene is not cool #BacheloretteAU
— Nicole ⚓️ (@nicolexgaga) October 10, 2018
Did a #BacheloretteAU contestant just make a joke at the expense of trans people? Yeah, not cool
— Imogen Hines (@Imi_cycles) October 10, 2018
Yahoo Lifestyle have contacted Channel 10 for a comment on the outrage.
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