Credit: Katie Thurston/Instagram

Fans SLAM Katie Thurston For ‘Disrespecting’ LGBTQ+ Community

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Even fan-favorites step in it! Bachelor alum Katie Thurston caused a social media storm with a steamy kiss. Some of her followers weren’t happy with the “friendship” kiss and they weren’t shy about letting Thurston know. As a result, the TikTok sensation deleted the offending post and issued a mea culpa

Why were fans outraged over an innocent kiss? 

Steamy Photo Raises Questions

Katie Thurston isn’t shy about her sexuality. Her s*x-positive demeanor won over Bachelor fans when she presented Matt James with her vibrator. However, she may have had a little too much #HotGirlSummer fun while hanging out with her former co-stars. 

Several of the women from Season 25 reunited over the weekend. Katie Thurston met up with her fellow night one limo girls, including Casandra Suarez. Thurston shared a photo of Suarez kissing her neck. Above them was a “Girls, Girls, Girls” sign. 

Many of her Instagram followers took the photo as a possible coming out. Was Katie Thurston announcing that she’s a lesbian? One follower joked about a “plot twist” that Thurston might leave the men of her season “for a woman.” 

Not so fast. She took to the comment section of her own post to clear up the misconception. While she didn’t say she’s not attracted to girls, she made it clear the photo wasn’t an announcement. 

Credit: Katie Thurston/Instagram
Credit: Katie Thurston/Instagram

A number of her followers flooded the comment section with their displeasure over the photo op. 

Bachelor Nation Fans Accuse Katie Thurston of ‘Queer-Baiting’

The days of Girls Gone Wild and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” are over. Nowadays, the LGBTQ+ community frowns on straight men or women pretending to be bi for entertainment. The common phrase for that type of behavior is “queer-baiting.” 

And Katie Thurston’s fans blasted her in the comments with the term repeatedly. Here is a small sampling of what some of her followers were saying: 

  • ashction bestie if you’re queer baiting that isn’t cute
    emsndra ily but queer baiting is not it 🙁
  • emma_lehman2 No queerbaiting thx
  • mir_gwynell Uhg, Blocking. I hate when people pretend to be queer for attention. If you’re bi then for the queer community, you should have talked about it. Being queer isn’t something to fetishisize
  • mysteryincynpathy Uhh so what is happening in this photo? Is Katie Bisexual or just queerbaiting. If she is queerbaiting that is disrespectful to the LGBTQ community that I’m apart of. If she is bi then that is awesome.
  • samseags Bro if you’re not bi, please dont queer bait. Girls kissing girls is a real thing. Not a joke or a costume or something edgy.

Katie Thurston eventually saw the outrage in the comments and took action. 

Bachelorette Star Apologizes for ‘Offensive’ Photo

Katie Thurston’s original post of the photo included the caption “Whatever floats your boat.” Well, the photo definitely did not float everyone’s boat. In response to the backlash, Katie Thurston deleted the photo completely. 

And then she issued a heartfelt apology. She admits that the photo was “offensive” and wrote that she was sorry for the hurt it caused. Thurston also apologized for letting her fans down by posting the photo. Additionally, she vows to “learn from my mistakes.” 

Credit: Katie Thurston/Instagram
Credit: Katie Thurston/Instagram

Do you think Katie Thurston’s fans overreacted or were they right to call her out for “queer-baiting”? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Very little info has leaked about Season 17 of The Bachelorette. Katie Thurston’s journey to finding love kicks off on Monday, June 7, only on ABC. 

Jennifer Havener

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