'Bachelor in Paradise' star responds to criticism over bisexuality: 'Segregation based on sexuality needs to die'

The trailer of Bachelor in Paradise’s latest season premiered on Monday night, featuring the usual drama that plague’s the show’s hopeless romantics. But it’s an unprecedented piece of the narrative that’s drawing some criticism to the show’s sixth season — a same-sex hookup with a former Bachelor contestant, Demi Burnett.

Demi Burnett faces backlash after becoming the first out bisexual contestant in the Bachelor franchise. (Photo: Getty Images)

“I don’t care who sees this,” Burnett is heard saying in a clip before making out with another female cast member. “I know that I love this girl and I’m so happy that I found her.”

And although the trailer didn’t spoil who Burnett’s romantic interest is, she took to her Twitter to announce, “Spoiler alert: I’m a queer queen.”

Thousands of people reacted to the news with messages of love and support for the 24-year-old, who is the franchise’s first cast member to be openly bisexual.

Still, the Texas-native received some backlash from Bachelor viewers who said that supporting this narrative has “ruined” the show.

Now, both current and former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants are coming to Burnett’s defense against the hateful messages that she’s received — including fan-favorite Kaitlyn Bristowe who wrote, “This makes me sick to my stomach.”

Burnett personally responded to a couple of the messages where she even called one critic out for being homophobic. In one response to a since-deleted tweet the reality star wrote, “We are all humans. Segregation based on sexuality needs to die.”

Representatives for Bachelor in Paradise didn’t immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.

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