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Rachel Lindsay Calls Out Former Bachelor Contestant's Offensive Tweet

Leah Block compared the show's diverse cast to Vh1's "Love and Hip Hop"

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    Rachel Lindsay doesn't do drama.

    As "The Bachelorette" was airing Monday night, former Bachelor contestant Leah Block — who first appeared on Ben Higgins' season in 2016 and who later competed in Season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise"  — made a joke regarding the current season's diverse cast.

    "I'm sitting here watching @BacheloretteABC and my roommate just sat down on the couch and said, 'What is this? @LoveAndHipHop_?' DEAD," Block wrote, referring to the Vh1 reality show's predominately black cast.

    It didn't take long for Bachelor Nation to swoop in and call Block out for the insensitive joke. Astrid Loch, who competed on Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor," even mentioned one of Lindsay's suitors, Lee Garrett, whose racist tweets recently came to light. "Are you watching with Lee?" she asked. Lindsay replied to her friend's tweet, writing, "#army."

    The Dallas-based attorney then responded to Block's tweet directly. "Let me know if she wants to meet Lee," she wrote. "They sound like they would have a lot in common. #ihavetimetoday."

    Block, a Denver-based event planner, deleted the offending tweet and apparently deactivated her Twitter account. And her Instagram account — which has 52,200 followers — is set to private. When Lindsay learned Block's tweet had been deleted, after a viewer argued she "knew how wrong it was when she posted it," the reigning Bachelorette wrote, "Naw you just aren't funny."