‘The Bachelorette’: Justin Glaze Apologizes for Racist and Homophobic Tweets

While going on The Bachelorette may increase your Instagram following and land you some sponsorships, it’s also almost a surefire way to have your dirty laundry come out for all to see. Recently, fan-favorite Justin Glaze came under fire after some racist and homophobic tweets from his past resurfaced. Now, he has addressed his past comments.

A headshot of Justin Glaze from ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021 with Katie Thurston
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What did ‘The Bachelorette’ contestant Justin Glaze tweet?

In tweets that reportedly were written between 2009 and 2011, Glaze, who is a person of color, wrote things that belittled Black women and promoted colorism. He also used a number of homophobic slurs in his posts. The posts in question resurfaced on Reddit over the weekend.

Justin Glaze apologizes

Glaze recently went on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast with Tayshia Adams and Becca Kufrin to address the situation.

“I have no issue with owning up and apologizing from the bottom of my heart for the really hurtful words that I used,” he said on the episode that dropped Monday night.

“The last thing that I want to do is run from it,” Glaze continued. “That’s not who I am. I just want to speak from the heart, and hopefully, people will get an understanding of where I was then versus where I am now.”

Glaze said that as a teen he tried to fit in, which led him to use those slurs.

“When I look back at 14-year-old Justin, I was in high school and quite frankly I was the type of person who for whatever reason felt the need to fit in and say funny things and keep up with what my peers were doing and saying,” he said. “The folks I had associated with would throw around really hurtful slurs that, at the time, I didn’t really think anything of.”

Justin doesn’t want to be defended by ‘The Bachelorette’ fans

Since the tweets surfaced, some fans of the show have defended Glaze, citing that he was only a teenager when he made the comments. But Glaze doesn’t want to be defended.

“No matter how long it was, those words shouldn’t have come out of my mouth,” he said on the podcast. “I’m obviously in a much different place now, over a decade later as a 27-year-old and I can look back and be ashamed of the words that I used…I know as I’ve matured and evolved and grown as a person, I’m a totally different version of Justin than I was.

“I know those words would never come out of my mouth, because I know the weight that they carry, no matter what context they’re used in,” he said. “I understand how much allyship and support those groups that I offended need.”

Glaze is still competing for Katie Thurston’s heart on The Bachelorette. His past tweets most likely won’t be a topic of conversation during the competition as filming had already finished by the time they resurfaced.

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