'The Bachelor' season 23: Tracy Shapoff says she wants to 'learn and move forward' from the offensive tweets she wrote in her past

Tracy Shapoff spoke to MEA WorldWide, in an exclusive interview where she talked about the backlash she received online and about the memes popping up on the internet about her. 


                            'The Bachelor' season 23: Tracy Shapoff says she wants to 'learn and move forward' from the offensive tweets she wrote in her past

'The Bachelor' season 23 is nearing its end with just the two-night finale left. Looking back to the season when it just began, fans and viewers were skeptical if the series was going to keep up to its claims of it being the most dramatic season ever. 

A total of 30 women entered the mansion with hopes of winning Colton Underwood's heart. But sadly not everyone could, and now we are left with the final two after Cassie Randolph walked away. Through this journey, we witnessed immense drama and emotions. Among all the contestants we met when the season premiered, there was one contestant who faced a lot of controversies. 

It wasn't for her appearance on the show, but the controversies were from tweets that she had posted years ago. And that contestant is none other than Tracy Shapoff. Tracy in her tweets had fat shamed people, mocked those with disabilities and even those who appear on dating shows. When the controversy resurfaced she took to social media and apologized for her mistakes stating that she is sorry for those extremely hurtful words. 

Tracy Shapoff on 'The Bachelor' season 23 (ABC/Rick Rowell)
Tracy Shapoff on 'The Bachelor' season 23 (ABC/Rick Rowell)

Now with her appearance on 'The Bachelor' and her tweets in the past, Tracy spoke to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), in an exclusive interview where she tried to process the backlash she received from the Twitterati, and about the memes popping up on the internet about her. 

On the topic of the offensive tweets she said, "I mean, I came out publicly and apologized. It was a really long time ago. I'm embarrassed about the things that I said. All I can do is own it and apologize and move forward and hope that people see that that's not how I think and that's not the person who I am and that I hopefully can, you know, become a better person every single day." 

Tracy Shapoff said she was really apologetic about what she wrote years ago and that she had changed from being that person (ABC/Rick Rowell) 
Tracy Shapoff said she was really apologetic about what she wrote years ago and that she had changed from being that person (ABC/Rick Rowell) 

We also asked Tracy what was going through her mind when she wrote those tweets around a decade ago and she said, "Like I already explained, I apologize for it. I don't believe in any of the things that I said. I wish I had never said any of those things because that's really not how I feel at all. I love all different people and I wasn't I thinking when I said it. So I'm sorry for it and you know moving forward is good." 

After the tweets resurfaced, and her appearance on 'The Bachelor', there were memes of Tracy uploaded on the internet, especially during her tiff with Burnett. We asked if any of that got to her and she said: "I don't really read any of this stuff that's written about me to be perfectly honest. I don't like and go back home and read it. I don't think that people should be saying mean things about anyone especially people that they don't know. And I wish that people would just be nicer and do better. I guess especially in the society that we're in today, It's really hard. There's a lot of hate and I hope that people can now respect that all of us are not just, you know, cast members. We are real people and have feelings and hopefully, the hate doesn't continue."

Tracy Shapoff believes in moving forward (ABC/Rick Rowell)
Tracy Shapoff believes in moving forward (ABC/Rick Rowell)

Apart from this, Tracy also revealed that if she could go back in time, she would not write those tweets. And that whatever happened had to happen and people learn from their mistakes. Adding to that she said, "Well, I don't really love to look at life as a way to go back and change things. I'd rather learn and move forward and just maybe do things differently in the future. I think that's the best way to grow."