In case you weren’t aware, The Bachelorette is still on the air. No, that’s not the news story we’re covering, though it is a bit of a surprise. Instead, our eyes are set on Lincoln Adim, one of the show’s latest dreamy contestants. Handsome with a bright, white smile, Adim has what many people would call “a flaw.”
He’s a flat earther.
The bachelorette is the most relaxing show on earth. A contestant just said he fully, truly believes the earth is flat. My brain has shut down completely. I am at ease. I love this show so much.
— Hannah Jewell (@hcjewell) June 19, 2018
As you can expect, the moment those words left his mouth, the internet had to jump all over it. Flat earthers are the latest punching bags across all social media platforms, even the more vile outlets like 9Gag, Reddit, and 4Chan.
Twitter users likely sprinted to their devices in order to share their disbelief the moment Adim uttered those damning words. Of course, many of those responses are what we’d consider “internet gold.”
— Katie Grossbard (@katiegrossbard) June 19, 2018
I – I
H – honestly cannot even believe
O – one of the contestants on ABC’s The
B – Bachelorette is an honest to god FLAT-EARTHER, are you people seeing this, he really does not believe the earth is round, i
— Erin Sherry (@SadjanSherry) June 19, 2018
Sometimes, the only response that was needed was a snippet of the conversation had between two contestants. Others, however, put their own (likely accurate) spin on Adim’s thought process.
Tonight on bachelorette the bros discussed the flat earth theory:
“You know people have sailed around the world, right? How did they travel around it without falling off?
“They just travel it, in friction and in gravity.”
— A P E X (@ry8nr3ynolds) June 19, 2018
“Traveling, friction, gravity” -Lincoln’s words.
Lincoln’s thought bubble: “Maybe if I keep saying random words I heard in 3rd grade Science, it’ll divert everyone away from focusing on the fact I just seriously claimed the Earth is flat.” #bachelorette #bachelornation
— Britt (@brittshow) June 19, 2018
The revelation has elicited the same general response from the show’s audience, but each tweet is a funny look into the minds of many whenever they hear that someone is a flat earther.
There’s the expected facepalm:
— Mia Santos (@santoselhellper) June 19, 2018
Some variation of “boy bye!”
— Elle Barlow (@bibliophiELLE) June 19, 2018
And, of course, the side-eye of disbelief.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) June 19, 2018
One has to wonder if maybe Adim was chosen because of his controversial belief. These shows thrive off of drama, and you don’t get much more dramatic than when someone admits to believing the Earth is flat.
Though some believe that should mean immediate disqualification.
I feel like being a flat earth believer should automatically disqualify you from being a contestant on the Bachelorette
— megs (@megs_morgs) June 19, 2018
Note to self: Put “Do you believe the Earth is flat?” on initial suitor questionnaire. -Bachelorette Producer#TheBachelorette
— Angela Corbett (@AngCorbett) June 19, 2018
There’s actually another story being overshadowed by Adim’s admission that he’s a flat earther. According to Warner Bros., Adim lied about a conviction of indecent assault and battery. On a harbor cruise on May 30th, 2016, Adim was accused – and later found guilty – of groping and assaulting a fellow passenger. He received a sentence of one year in a house of correction.
Warner Bros. states they are looking into the omission and will update once more information is found.