BACHELOR star Peter Weber has distanced himself from the controversy surrounding contestant Victoria Fuller.
The 28-year-old pilot made his stance clear after pictures of Fuller wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt emerged, and Cosmopolitan magazine subsequently dropped her picture from their cover.
“It’s definitely been tough to see this unfold. To be honest I’m learning about all of this in real time just like everybody else is,” he told People on Thursday.
“At this point right now, I see a lot of headlines about my response, and my support has been taken out of context. I in no way support that kind of campaign,” he told the publication.
He had appeared to defend her earlier this week, when he called her a “good person,” but he clarified those remarks to explain that he did not know about the controversy during filming.
“I didn’t know anything about it during the time that Victoria and I were on the show together,” he said to People.
Victoria defende dherself when the picture of her in the attire emerged[/caption]
“I think it’s important to let Victoria make a comment to the public and make some type of response. It has a lot more to do with her than myself. I don’t want to speak on her behalf,” he told them.
“My only problem is that I would never support any campaign like that,” he added.
Fuller won a contest between the women on the group date, to land a cover shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine and was seen posing for the pictures in Monday’s episode.
However, a picture emerged of her wearing a ‘White Lives Matter” T-Shirt and Cosmo decided to ditch her from the cover.
Peter had called her a “good person” earlier in the week but said that he “in no way supports” her wearing a WLM T-shirt[/caption]
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Fuller has yet to directly address the controversy since Cosmo spoke out against it, she did comment on the original Instagram post the day it was posted and defend herself.
“Hello bachelor clues followers!” she wrote. “It would be nice for you to gather all facts before jumping to bash someone. The company ‘We Love Marlins’ is in support of catching white, blue, and black marlins & releasing them back into the wild.
“In regards to a sensitive topic, I come from a VERY large fishing town where Marlin tournaments are held every year! Glad to clear this up….”
After a fan called her out for not apologizing, she added: “I definitely see how this could be offensive. I apologize immensely it was never my intention to lessen this matter.”
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