'Bachelorette' contestant slammed for transphobic comment ahead of Monday's season premiere


A contestant on ABC's new season of The Bachelorette has found himself in hot water ahead of the show's Monday night premiere.

Firefighter Bryce Powers has been slammed after making a transphobic comment in his contestant bio on the network's site.

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According to The Wrap, the 30-year-old contestant was asked, "What's your biggest date fear?" and responded, "The chick is actually a dude."

ABC has since removed the question from his page and apologized. "This comment does not reflect the views of ABC, Warner Horizon or Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay," a spokesperson for the network told the The Wrap. "We have removed it from ABC.com."

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DeMario, 30: Executive recruiter from Century City, California

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Peter, 31: Business owner from Madison, Wisconsin

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Adam, 27: Real estate agent from Dallas, Texas

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Alex, 28: Information systems supervisor from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

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Anthony, 26: Education software manager from Chicago, Illinois

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Blake E., 31: Aspiring drummer from Marina del Rey, California

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) BLAKE E.

Blake K., 29: U.S. Marine veteran from San Francisco, California

(Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) BLAKE K.

Brady, 29: Male model from Miami, Florida

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Bryce, 30: Firefighter from Orlando, Florida

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Bryan, 37: Chiropractor from Miami, Florida

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Dean, 26: Startup recruiter from Venice, California

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Eric, 29: Personal trainer from Los Angeles, California

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Fred, 27: Executive assistant from Dallas, Texas

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Grant, 29: Emergency medicine physician from New York, New York

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Ignacio "Iggy," 30: Consulting firm CEO from Chicago, Illinois

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Jack, 32: Attorney from Dallas, Texas

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Jamey, 32: Sales account executive from Santa Monica, California

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Jedidiah, 35: ER physician from Augusta, Georgia

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Jonathan, 31: Tickle monster from New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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Kenneth, "Diggy," 31: Senior inventory analyst from Chicago, Illinois

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Kenny, 35: Professional wrestler from Las Vegas, Nevada

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Josiah, 28: Prosecuting attorney from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Kyle, 26: Marketing consultant from Los Angeles, California

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Lucas, 30: Whaboom from Santa Monica, California

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Lee, 30: Singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee

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Matthew, 32: Construction sales rep from Meriden, Connecticut

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Michael, 26: Former professional basketball player from Chicago, Illinois

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Milton, 31: Hotel recreation supervisor from North Bay Village, Florida

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Mohit, 26: Product manager from Pacifica, California

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Will, 28: Sales manager from Miami, Florida

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Robert, "Rob," 30: Law student from Houston, Texas

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In his questionnaire, Powers also revealed he once caught a girl's hair on fire while having sex, and described himself as a lover who is "a fresh drink water with a jolt of lightning."

The tattooed brunette is one of 31 contestants competing to win the heart of Dallas trial lawyer Rachel Lindsay.


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