Former 'Bachelor' star Colton Underwood came out as gay via a Good Morning America interview last week.
In nearly the same breath, Netflix announced it would be filming a reality series featuring Underwood and his experiences as an openly gay man, accompanied by Olympian Gus Kenworthy as Underwood's "gay guide."
But, based on some past behavior by Underwood toward former girlfriend Cassie Randolph, in which he reportedly put a tracking device on her car and sent her harassing text messages, people believe Underwood should not have a show at all.
My thoughts on this Colton Underwood Netflix deal..abusers don’t deserve the spotlight. Period. Women aren’t just t… https://t.co/ZZDyf27YKz— Hannah Claire (@Hannah Claire) 1618505524.0
When asked his thoughts on Underwood's coming out and Netflix series on The Ben & Ashley I. Almost Famous podcast, Lance Bass said backlash is to be expected.
"There's definitely gonna get a lot of backlash from the community at first… there is a small percentage of the community that's just gonna not like the fact that he came out this way… that he's monetizing the experience."
Lance Bass on Colton Underwood monetizing his coming out. https://t.co/ncyiB3BOpu— Walker (@Walker) 1618766459.0
@HuffPost Colton thinks the world is heavily invested in him. He wants the attention. Needs it, actually. The 15 mi… https://t.co/KDle1st6sd— Rudely Awakened (@Rudely Awakened) 1618845666.0
@HuffPost Colton “monetized” his virginity too. It’s a pattern with him. Everything has a price with him. Who broke… https://t.co/dEfYnuPrgg— Melinda Jane (@Melinda Jane) 1618849365.0
@HuffPost Million of men do the same. A fake miserable life.— Henry (@Henry) 1618845083.0
Lance Bass stop attacking people! It was hard enough for this man to come out! Give him a chance! https://t.co/oRwxNw8u0M— R❤️saParks #Resistance🌊 #MeToo #voteblue2022 #BLM (@R❤️saParks #Resistance🌊 #MeToo #voteblue2022 #BLM) 1618884403.0
Bass had his own very high profile coming out experience in 2006, after an unknowing encounter with a reporter resulted in him being forced to come out on the cover of People Magazine 48 hours later.
I agree with Lance Bass criticizing Colton Underwood for "monetizing" coming out as gay. The rest of it I have mixe… https://t.co/GibxJsozMP— Jason Colavito (@Jason Colavito) 1618876139.0
@PerezHilton I just can't stand Colton. He's someone that we dont need to give a platform.— Ricky Mordru Taylor 🧡⚔️ 💙 🏳️🌈 ~ Support DQRC! (@Ricky Mordru Taylor 🧡⚔️ 💙 🏳️🌈 ~ Support DQRC!) 1618788284.0
@PerezHilton I don’t know much about Colton, but he probably should listen to Lance. I wish him well.— kayj412 (@kayj412) 1618838683.0
But Bass did say eventually, the visibility of Underwood's show will be helpful to the LGBTQ+ community, as his own public coming out was.
"Every story that you see on television or in a film of a gay character, a different person can relate to that. We haven't had too many representations of a gay person on television that came from this world, this crazy sports world where you had to hide it."
@lovebscott It feels slimy to me.— Small Screen Girl (@Small Screen Girl) 1618771661.0
@lovebscott Yup. I don’t trust that guy one bit. 🤷🏾♀️— Nikki (@Nikki) 1618771598.0
Colton Underwood: *stalks, threatens, puts a tracking device on his ex’s car* Gay men: haha muscles hey daddy 😜— Nico Correia (@Nico Correia) 1618416073.0
Netflix execs meeting with Colton Underwood today https://t.co/mqcjEGTloJ— Anthony Carmen (@Anthony Carmen) 1618441063.0
Ryan Murphy and the rest of the white gay industrial complex on their way to try and make Colton Underwood a star https://t.co/KbHzQPIwmc— Phillip (@Phillip) 1618413775.0
Bass's parting words to Underwood? Rather than try to be a spokesperson for the gay community, "Sit back, listen and learn."
Petitions surrounding Underwood's show, trying to keep it off the air due to alleged past abusive behavior, continue to circulate.