In a lengthy Instagram caption, Dean Unglert appeared to apologize for his comment on Gonzalez's photo.
"I would like to apologize for the other day when a caption and comment were posted that came across as insensitive," Unglert wrote. "The last thing that was meant by any of that was to be disrespectful."
This story was originally published July 31 at 12:00 p.m.
Dean Unglert made an ill-advised splash on The Bachelorette when he said on After The Final Rose, "I'm ready to go Black and never come back." He since redeemed himself for the move, and when he was kicked off The Bachelorette, viewers were distraught. He's since become a fan favorite for the next Bachelor, but a recent interaction on social media called Unglert's lovability into question.
It started when Instagram user Lauren Gonzalez shared a photo of herself with Unglert with the caption, "Went black, but came back." Gonzalez has since deleted the post, but a screenshot made its way to Imgur via The Bachelor discussion board on Reddit.
Unglert himself then commented, seemingly in agreement. He wrote, "Lololol at the caption."
Then, Lindsay herself piped in. The 32-year-old Dallas native wrote, "Sent back... he didn't come back lol."
This isn't the first time Unglert and Lindsay have been at odds online. After Unglert was kicked off the show, he told Entertainment Tonight that Lindsay was "in lust" with contestant Bryan Abasolo, who is among the remaining three contestants.
"I saw that Dean made those comments," Lindsay told ET in response to Unglert's statement. "Those are Dean's opinions, whatever. I can't speak towards them, but I would hope that people — and the viewers — know that I am smart enough to not be blinded by lust."
This post is more than just shade, though; the allusion to the problematic phrase "go Black and never come back" and Unglert's seeming endorsement of it has fans upset. (I believe the proper Twitter term for Unglert's current position is "cancelled.")
Refinery29 reached out to both Unglert and Lindsay with request for comment. Neither responded immediately.
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