Bachelorette alum Brendan Scanzano has allegedly been dropped by his sponsors amid fan backlash. What did he do? Keep reading for all the details.
Brendan S. off-screen drama with Blake Moynes
Brendan Scanzano was a suitor on Season 17 of The Bachelorette. He made it to seventh place, despite never getting a one-on-one date. His connection to eventual winner Blake Moynes wasn’t shown on Season 17, despite knowing one another. Both Canadians, Moynes reportedly encouraged Scanzano to apply for The Bachelorette, only to join the show to pursue Katie Thurston himself.
After getting sent home from The Bachelorette, Brendan S. was on the inaugural season of Bachelor in Paradise Canada.
Bachelorette alum under fire for social media posts
While Brendan Scanzano didn’t get much screen time on the ABC dating show, he’s built up a following on social media. However, he recently came under fire for his anti-vax posts. One post comparing the vaccine mandates to the holocaust caused fans to accuse him of antisemitism.
In the ensuing backlash, the reality star turned off comments on his most recent Instagram posts. However, irate followers made their feelings known on posts with comments left on:
- Not the other comment sections being turned off. Scared of the consequences of your actions?
- Turned off comments on a lot of posts but brands have already been sent your antisemetic [sic] posts
- Love how he’s hiding the comments that call out his poor cognitive dissonance with the world and his racist ideology. Read some books, and learn empathy
- We still know you’re antisemitic whether your comments are on or off. Too bad about your brand deals
Did he lose out on a sponsorship because of his posts?
Brendan Scanzano dropped by sponsors despite apology?
The Bachelor Nation alum’s posts gained attention on TikTok due to a user named @melworeit. According to Screen Rant, the TikToker contacted companies sponsoring Brendan Scanzano.
Allegedly, the social media influencer was dropped by at least one sponsor, though the TikTok user didn’t reveal which one.
Scanzano posted a three-part apology on his Instagram Stories following the alleged loss of sponsorships.
He began his apology by acknowledging taking a few days to process what people have been saying about him. Brendan S. admits that his posts “hurt many people and families,” which wasn’t his intention.
The reality star cites the toll the pandemic has taken on his mental health. However, at 27, he says that he is “old enough to know better” than to compare anything to the Holocaust.
He ends the lengthy apology by promising, “I will be better.”
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