Colton Underwood may get show after coming out as gay: The backlash, explained


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Colton Underwood, the previous lead on widespread actuality collection The Bachelor, got here out as homosexual in a really public manner this week in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. Because the information unfold, so did experiences that Netflix is working with Underwood on a actuality present that follows his life as an overtly homosexual man. “I am homosexual. And I got here to phrases with that earlier this yr and have been processing it,” Underwood advised Roberts on Wednesday. “I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Some folks face appreciable obstacles on their path to popping out, and Underwood shared his personal. “I’ve ran from myself for a very long time. I’ve hated myself for a very long time,” he advised Roberts.   

The response to Underwood’s revelation has been largely supportive, with many — together with Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy who’s overtly homosexual, and alumni and producers of the favored long-running courting present — applauding the 29-year-old Underwood for his honesty and sending messages of delight and solidarity. 

“I’m so happy with you for lastly having the ability to share and reside your reality,” tweeted Tayshia Adams, who competed on his season of the collection and went on to star in her personal season of The Bachelorette, one other present in ABC’s actuality courting franchise.  

However Underwood’s alleged previous remedy of Cassie Randolph, the girl he selected on his Bachelor season, has difficult the reactions. After the pair’s breakup in 2020, Randolph, 25, was granted a restraining order against her former boyfriend. She mentioned he’d positioned a monitoring gadget on her automotive, despatched her harassing texts and confirmed up uninvited to her LA condominium and her guardian’s residence. According to TMZ, she later dismissed the restraining order and requested that the police investigation be dropped. 

Following Underwood’s GMA revelation, Selection reported that Netflix is planning a actuality present that appears at Underwood’s life as an overtly homosexual man, and now a petition is circulating urging Netflix to cancel these plans. The petition has greater than 10,000 signatures as of Friday morning. On-line petitions don’t have any precise energy, however they do function a barometer of public opinion.  

“No matter his sexuality, Colton shouldn’t be given a platform on account of his abusive, manipulative and harmful conduct,” the author of the petition says. 

Wrote one of many petition’s signers, “I am a survivor of stalking, and it repulses me to see somebody like this given a platform as if he is finished nothing unsuitable. I’ll completely cancel my Netflix subscription for those who undergo with this.”

The petition additionally hyperlinks to a Reddit thread providing a hyperlink to documents in the Randolph-Underwood case.

Netflix did not instantly reply to a request for remark, and a consultant for Underwood mentioned the fact star had no remark.  

This is extra on Colton Underwood and the complicated reactions to his popping out and the opportunity of him getting his personal present.    

Who’s Colton Underwood?

Colton Underwood was born in Indianapolis and raised in Illinois, the place he performed school soccer at Illinois State College. The Bachelor hyped him as a professional soccer participant, however for those who by no means heard of him, there is a cause. Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2014 however waived earlier than the season started. He briefly performed for the follow squads of the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders however by no means appeared in an actual NFL recreation. 

His courting life introduced him way more fame than his sports activities profession. Even earlier than The Bachelor, Underwood dated gymnast Aly Raisman, an Olympics gold medalist. That relationship made headlines too, and the couple even attended the Golden Globe Awards collectively in 2017. They broke up later that yr.

His Bachelor life

Underwood first appeared as a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018. He was finally eradicated however confirmed up once more within the franchise’s spinoff present, Bachelor in Paradise. By now he’d develop into a favourite of some followers, and the present’s producers forged him within the title function of The Bachelor for the present’s 2019 season, closely hyping him as “the virgin Bachelor.” Underwood selected California speech pathologist Cassie Randolph, however did not suggest marriage to her within the finale. 

Police involvement put up present 

Underwood and Randolph dated for a yr earlier than their Might 2020 breakup. She filed for the restraining order that fall, earlier than dismissing it and asking that the police investigation be dropped. 

“The 2 of us had been in a position to attain a personal settlement to handle any of Cassie’s issues,” Underwood advised TMZ on the time. “I don’t imagine Cassie did something unsuitable in submitting for the restraining orders and likewise imagine she acted in good religion.”

Popping out and Cassie

Underwood told Good Morning America that Randolph did not know he was homosexual. He additionally mentioned he’d prefer to apologize to his former girlfriend, and whereas he did not tackle the restraining order straight, admitted, “I made errors on the finish of that relationship.” Following the interview, many on Reddit expressed help for Randolph and shared their very own tales of being harassed by ex-partners.

Some additionally expressed offense at Underwood suggesting any hyperlink between previous harassing conduct and confusion over his sexuality.   

“As a homosexual man,” wrote one Reddit consumer, “I discover this complete factor abhorrent. I spent my fair proportion of time within the closet, and coming to phrases with my sexuality. It is nonetheless one thing I am engaged on, being out and proud.

“For his conduct to be excused as a result of he was homosexual is unsuitable. It paints this image that by some means closeted homosexual males are what, unstable however cured by popping out? That his actions had been excusable as a result of he was homosexual? I am confused by the narrative. I am insulted by it.” 

If the fact present occurs, a supply advised Selection it will deal with Underwood’s courting life, and on discovering his sexuality as a homosexual man. Us journal reported that Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy was noticed filming with Underwood. Kenworthy came out as gay in 2015. 

Underwood’s coming-out might even ripple again to the present that made him well-known. Unnamed Bachelor sources told TMZ that Underwood’s popping out has sparked inner dialogue amongst present producers about probably casting a homosexual season of the present.