We're Now Demanding Public Apologies for Instagram 'Likes'

“Bachelorette” contestant Garrett Yrigoyen

When Obama started his world apology tour we couldn’t have imagined how apologizing to everyone for everything would become all the rage. This week in particular has produced a plethora of apologies from people like Roseanne Barr, Joy Reid and “comedian” Samantha Bee.

It seems the apology circus is in full swing. People are expected to apologize for single, poorly considered tweets, crass comedy monologues and blog posts from decades gone by. But if we’ve learned anything so far this year it’s that 2018 gonna 2018.

Gird your loins and lock your social media accounts because now we are making people apologize for…their “likes”.

That’s right, the little thumbs up button or heart or flag you press on a social media post could just force you into a humiliating public apology tour yourself.

Garrett Yrigoyenon, a contestant on the new “The Bachelorette” season was forced to issue a public apology after a former show contestant complained about his Instagram “likes”. As ridiculous as that feels to write, it’s equally as ridiculous to think that someone had to apologize for it. 

“Bachelorette” contestant Garrett Yrigoyen may have snagged the “first impression” rose from Becca Kufrin during the Monday night premiere of the hit ABC reality dating show, but the rest of “Bachelorette Nation” wasn’t so sure he was the right pick after disturbing reports about Yrigoyen’s social media activity began to surface.

The frontrunner, a 29-year-old medical sales rep from Reno, Nevada, came under fire this week after former “Bachelor” contestant Ashley Spivey revealed Yrigoyen recently liked a series of controversial posts on Instagram, including memes that mocked immigrants, Parkland students, transgender people, liberals, among others. His account was deleted shortly after.

“Can we do a better job of social media deep dives on the dudes that try out for #thebachelorette,” Spivey tweeted on May 24. “A contestant on this season of #thebachelorette liked all of these posts on Instagram and I’m thinking it will be very hard to pull for the type of person likes any of this.”

What’s trashier – someone giving a “like” to a lame meme or someone digging through a person’s “likes” on social media like a stalker?

Yrigoyen went ahead and apologized profusely, as the Hollywood script requires.

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Spivey applauded Yrigoyen’s apology on Twitter Thursday.

“This is a fantastic apology and statement. I look forward to his growth and education as well as seeing seeing him support all walks of life,” she commented.

So this is what we’ve come to, America – publicly shaming people for what amounts to smiling in public at the “wrong” time. This guy didn’t even say anything. They weren’t even his posts. Just the mere push of a button was enough to make him an enemy of the state.