Katie Thurston would like your attention.
She’d like to say something important.
She’d like to make up for what she now knows what a very clear and insensitive mistake.
So let’s just give her a moment of our time, shall we?
The new Bachelorette, who will premiere in the lead role of this beloved franchise early next week, regrets having recently posted a photo of herself kissing another woman.
Thurston has taken down the image.
And she’s issued a heartfelt statement that explains why.
“To my followers: I’ve removed my most recent post after realizing how many people from the LGBTQ+ [community] I hurt,” the 30-year old wrote in a message posted to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, May 11.
“I am so sorry. I’ve read the comments and better understand why my post was offensive.
"I will continue to learn from my mistakes.
"I want to always be an ally and today I’m sorry I let you down."
To be specific here, Thurston generated some backlash earlier in the week when she uploaded a Instagram snapshot that showed her kissing Casandra Suarez, another contest from Matt James’ season of The Bachelor.
The background of the photo also featured a neon sign that read, “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS."
What was the harm?
To Thurston’s credit, she has now realizing that it’s wrong to sexualize what amounts to a very normal act for a lesbian couple… who just want to be accepted socially like any heterosexual couple.
Katie’s followers quickly responded to her questionable post with displeasure, referred to it as “queer baiting.”
At first, Thurston clapped back by noting that the photo was simply a “friendship post” and not intended to be a “statement” about her sexuality.
But she then changed tack and deleted the whole post.
Thurston will debut as The Bachelorette on June 7.
She became a fan favorite while trying to win over Matt James earlier this year because she jumped out of her limo on Night One and presented The Bachelor with a vibrator.
She later put all the bullies residing inside the suitor mansion in their place.
This is one outspoken star, you guys.
During the After the Final Rose special, which aired in March, Thurston and runner-up Michelle Young were announced as the next two Bachelorettes.
The latter’s season will air this fall, while Katie has already completed filming her episodes.
She recently hinted that she was in a relationship, too, presumably with someone she met on location in New Mexico.
Thurston’s season will be also hosted by former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, who are filling in for Chris Harrison.
The longtime host, as we’re sure you know by now, stepped down after the controversy surrounding his response to Bachelor season 25 winner Rachael Kirkconnell’s racially charged Instagram this winter.
“Tayshia and Kaitlyn can relate to Katie’s journey in a lot of different ways, which you’ll see play out, so it was nice to have them there to help out with whatever situation came up,” an Us Weekly insider said of the guest hosts.
“Tayshia had fun and loved doing it. She and Katilyn made a great team.”