Greer Blitzer, a Bachelorette contestant who got her first impression rose, apologizes for defending blackface

Greer Blitzer, a Bachelorette contestant who got her first impression rose, apologizes for defending ...

Greer Blitzer, who was criticized on Reddit for defending someone who was wearing blackface earlier this month.

This controversy has erupted after Greer received his first impression last night.

Greer is one of 30 women who are vying for the love of bachelor Zach Shallcross. Traditionally, the bachelor first presents one rose the night before handing out several more.

Because Zach had the opportunity to meet a few ladies during the Bachelor in Paradise finale immediately after he was announced as the new bachelor, America had to choose who would get the first impression. Brianna, who quickly earned America's hearts by her "let's take a Polaroid" tactic, is technically the second impression in this season.

Greer Blitzer, a sales representative from Texas who is now living in New York City, hoped that she would attract Zach's attention and was surprised to get Zach's other first impression. Her sincerity wooed the bachelor over, while causing some annoyance from Reddit users.

When Blitzer was a teenager, she defended another kid for wearing blackface at a party. The teenager — who dressed in blackface — was a white girl who attended a Halloween party as late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Greer, a 24-year-old girl, wrote a message on her Instagram feed, stating, "I'm sorry."

Greer defended blackface in since-deleted tweets, including one where she wrote, "She did not paint herself black because she was superior to black people."

"The pupils involved didn't even know what black face was," she said, adding that it wasn't a racial act at all.

Another instance in which she appears to suggest that "white face" is the equivalent, stating, "It's also not appropriate." That didn't make the headlines, did it?

Today, she continued to post her reprimand for her high school tweets, saying, "I am deeply sorry to all those I have hurt, especially those within the black community, not because these screenshots have resurfaced, but because I ever shared these harmful opinions." Time and age do not excuse my actions, but this is not my identity as we are today.

Greer's fate on the Bachelor show is solely in Zach's hands since she received one of the first two roses, and she'll likely persist for at least a few more episodes of the ABC reality show drama.

Greer declared in his conclusion, "I do not stand by or condone the defamatory remarks and behaviors I shared during that stage of my life, and will forever regret making those insulting remarks."