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Netflix urged to drop Colton Underwood series over stalking allegations

Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood

Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph met on The Bachelor in 2018, but publicly split in May 2020. (Andrew Toth/Getty)

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition calling for Netflix to axe a new series starring Colton Underwood over his alleged stalking.

An anonymous user created a Change.org petition to protest the Netflix series, which will reportedly star Gus Kenworthy as Colton Underwood’s “gay guide” as he’s “eased” into gay life, over claims he was abusive towards his Bachelor pick and ex-girlfriend, Cassie Randolph.

The petition stated: “Colton is a former Bachelor lead who stalked his final pick, Cassie Randolph.”

“Cassie is a victim of Colton’s abuse, and he does not deserve a platform in any way,” the user added. “Regardless of his sexuality, Colton should not be given a platform as a result of his abusive, manipulative, and dangerous behaviour.”

In September 2020, Randolph filed for a restraining order against Underwood, asking the court to ensure he stay at least 100 yards away from her, her home and her parents’ home.

The order alleged Underwood was “anonymously send[ing] harassing text messages” and “track[ing] her whereabouts. It stated that Randolph “fear[ed] for her safety and the safety of her family and friends” because of his behaviour.

The court gave her a temporary restraining order while they waited for a hearing, but later requested for the orders to be dismissed. Underwood told People that he and Randolph “were able to reach a private agreement”.

The petition’s goal is to reach 25,000 signatures.

One signatory wrote: “Abusers do not get a sympathy tour, and women aren’t just tertiary characters in a male’s story arch in becoming his true self.”

Other commenters had similar sentiments. “It sucks to know that as a woman, society will view me as collateral damage for a somewhat good looking white man’s journey,” another wrote. PinkNews has contacted Colton Underwood’s representatives and Netflix for comment.

While the petition description focused on the allegations against Underwood as the primary reason to cancel the series, many commenters felt he was shouldn’t have a series because “he has done nothing to contribute to the LGBT+ community”.

One user asked: “Where are the stories about queer people who have been trailblazers for their community? Where are the stories about queer BIPOC?”

Underwood came out publicly as gay last week (14 April) in an interview with Good Morning America after having a “wake up call”.

In the interview, Underwood said he never came out to Randolph, and added: “I made mistakes in the end of that relationship. And I ruined the good memories we had by my actions and what I did to hold on to being straight, because I didn’t want to look myself in the mirror. So for that, I’m extremely, extremely sorry.”

Sources close to Randolph said she didn’t know he was going to come out and hadn’t “had time to navigate how she feels about it yet”.


Joe Biden urged to legally recognise non-binary people with gender-neutral passports

Joe Biden gender neutral passports

Joe Biden. (Rick Loomis/Getty)

Joe Biden is facing calls to give trans and non-binary people the legal recognition they need with “X” markers on passports.

Under current rules, people must identify as either male or female on United States passports, meaning non-binary people are effectively forced to misgender themselves on official documentation.

Joe Biden promised to introduce a third “X” marker for non-binary people on passports and social security cards during his presidential campaign – however, no such change has been enacted.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched its “They the People” campaign in 2020 in a bid to win legal recognition for non-binary people.

The ACLU is now planning to deliver a petition to the Biden administration on 31 March – Trans Day of Visibility – calling on the president to sign an executive order introducing “X” markers for non-binary people.

The petition, which has been signed more than 70,000 times, notes that trans and non-binary people have endured state-sanctioned discrimination over the last four years in the United States.

“The new administration has assured us they will work to undo this damage, so we must hold them accountable to their words,” the ACLU’s petition says.

“There’s one important action Biden-Harris can take right away to show that they respect and support our trans communities: Give us access to accurate identification,” the organisation adds.

Joe Biden urged to introduce gender-neutral passports in first 100 days

The ACLU asks Joe Biden to sign an executive order introducing “X” markers within his first 100 days in office.

The organisation’s They the People campaign notes that “X” markers on official documentation would allow trans and non-binary people to travel, apply for jobs and enter public establishments “without risk of harassment or harm”.

The Biden administration provided an update on plans to introduce an “X” marker on passports and social security cards in February.

White House spokesperson Matt Hill told The 19th that, while there was no timeline yet, Joe Biden remained committed to introducing gender-neutral IDs.

In a statement, Hill said: “President Biden remains committed to advancing state and federal efforts that allow transgender and non-binary Americans to update their identification documents to accurately reflect their gender identity, especially as transgender and non-binary people continue to face harassment or are denied access to services because their identification documents don’t affirm their identity.”