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Rachel Lindsay slams Lee Garrett, shuts down Leah Block for racist 'The Bachelorette' Twitter comment

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/20/2017 

Rachel Lindsay apparently isn't going to stand for tasteless jokes about race when it comes to her The Bachelorette season.

Lindsay, a 32-year-old Dallas attorney and the first-ever black The Bachelorette star, shut down Bachelor Nation's Leak Block after she posted an offensive Twitter comment this week.

In a since-deleted tweet on Monday, June 19, Block compared Lindsay's The Bachelorette edition -- which features the most diverse cast in franchise history -- to VH1's drama-filled show called Love & Hip Hop, which stars a predominantly black cast, Us Weekly reported. 

"I'm sitting here watching @BacheloretteABC and my roommate just sat down on the couch and said, 'What is this? @LoveAndHipHop_' DEAD," Block reportedly tweeted, with "DEAD" signifying she was laughing hysterically.

Block, who competed on Season 20 of The Bachelor starring Ben Higgins and also appeared on Bachelor in Paradise's third season last summer, received backlash from Lindsay's fans on social media due to her post.

Lindsay, 31, then stood up for herself on Twitter, writing in reply, "Let me know if she wants to meet Lee... they sound like they would have a lot in common #ihavetimetoday."

Block subsequently deleted her entire Twitter account as Monday night's The Bachelorette episode was airing and Lee Garrett was featured going head-to-head with Kenny Layne.

Garrett, a Caucasian suitor from Tennessee, has been shown intentionally stirring the pot on The Bachelorette, as he seems to enjoy making his competitors angry. Not only has a fellow bachelor, Dean Unglert, accused Garrett of racial targeting in his feuds with African-American bachelors Kenny and Eric Bigger, but he was also involved in a recent controversy regarding his opinions on race.

Garrett reportedly posted racist and sexist tweets that he has since deleted following public uproar.

Despite having a private Twitter account, one of Garrett's followers posted screenshots of alleged tweets he had posted about women, liberals, terrorists, and the Black Lives Matter movement dating back to July 2015.

In the screenshots, the 30-year-old singer and songwriter apparently tweeted to his followers that they should "never trust a female liberal," and he also described Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group.

"What's the difference between the NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and the KKK [Ku Klux Klan]? Wait for it... One has the sense of shame to cover their racist ass faces," Garrett allegedly tweeted two years ago.

The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison even felt the need to comment on the matter on June 1, writing on Twitter, "For those asking, no, of course [producers] didn't know about the offensive tweets from Lee's account. None of us were aware of them. Very unfortunate."

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