The Bachelor’s Locklan ‘Locky’ Gilbert has apologised after his racist Myspace post from more than a decade ago resurfaced on Thursday.
Gilbert, 31, shared the bigoted content in 2004 when he was a 16-year-old high school student in Perth.
The shocking post features a map of Australia with the words ‘F**K OFF WE’RE FULL’, an anti-immigrant and anti-refugee slogan widely considered to be racist.
The post also included the Southern Cross constellation and the words ‘Aussie Pride’. While not intrinsically racist, the Southern Cross and ‘Aussie Pride’ slogan are sometimes associated with right-wing nationalism.
Gilbert apologised for his post in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday afternoon.
‘I am deeply sorry for the image I posted on MySpace over 14 years ago. I do not hold these views and I apologise for the offence I have caused,’ he said.
This season of The Bachelor has a very diverse cast and it remains to be seen what they will make of his questionable social media activity.
Bookmakers’ favourite Irena Srbinovska is of Macedonian descent, Bella Varelis is Greek, Areeba Emmanuel is a Pakistani-Australian, Leilani Vakaahi is of Tongan heritage and Laura Calleri is Italian.
Gilbert’s abandoned MySpace account also offers a glimpse into his raucous teenage years.
One image shows him posing with friends outside adult store Club X while hugging a young woman and lifting her up by the legs.
In another, the teenager was pictured partying on a train with his mates after a night out.
MasterChef star Reynold Poernomo found himself in a similar predicament in May, when homophobic remarks he posted to a bodybuilding forum in 2014 resurfaced.
Poernomo, 26, said that gay people should be ‘captured and put on an island’ and used other homophobic slurs.
‘I wish the world made a united decision where they will capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that way straight people will be happy and the freaks can go on and f**k themselves,’ the then 20-year-old wrote in one thread.
Reynold later apologised for the comments. In a statement to Daily Mail Australia at the time, he said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his remarks.