Rumoured Bachelor winner Holly Kingston says ‘MAGA’ post was ‘made in jest’ after being criticised by woke Twitter mobs for using the pro-Trump slogan on Instagram in 2018
Holly Kingston is the frontrunner to win Jimmy Nicholson’s heart on The Bachelor.
But the 27-year-old marketing manager has found herself in hot water with woke viewers and millennial journalists on Twitter after her seemingly pro-Trump Instagram post from 2018 resurfaced online.
In the image, Holly poses in front of the Wisdom Tree in Los Angeles, California, with a large American flag in the background.
Backlash: Bachelor star Holly Kingston has been trolled on Twitter after using the pro-Trump slogan ‘MAGA’ on Instagram in 2018
She captioned the post ‘#MAGA’, which is an abbreviation of the Donald Trump campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Holly confirmed the post was simply ‘made in jest’ and had nothing to do with her political views.
‘The comment I made on my Instagram caption from 2018 which made reference to U.S. politics was made in jest and with complete sarcasm intended,’ she explained.
‘It’s fairly evident I use satire a lot on my social media platforms. This comment in no way, shape or form is an accurate representation of my political beliefs.’
Flashback: In the image, the 27-year-old marketing manager poses in front of the Wisdom Tree in California with a large American flag in the background. She captioned the post ‘#MAGA’, which is an abbreviation of the Donald Trump campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’
Despite the sarcastic nature of the post, it still sent a handful of Aussie journalists into a tailspin on Twitter, with one writing: ‘Yikes.’
‘Oh damn. I also just saw the Bachelor this year is brown. Welp,’ another tweeted.
‘That red rose will match really nicely with Holly’s red MAGA cap,’ wrote one viewer.
The topic was also brought up on the Fitzy & Wippa radio show on Thursday, but the hosts seemed more sympathetic to Holly than woke warriors on Twitter.
Joke: ‘The comment I made on my Instagram caption from 2018 which made reference to U.S. politics, was made in jest and with complete sarcasm intended,’ she said in a statement
‘She might’ve been taking the piss,’ said the show’s producer while discussing the post with hosts Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli.
‘You know what, you might write that if you’re in the States making fun of it,’ she added.
‘She seemed like a nice girl, and you know what? You’ve gotta give people the chance to change or we’d never evolve,’ reasoned Wippa.
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He also said there was nothing in the post that specifically confirmed whether she was a Trump supporter or not.
Meanwhile, Holly has already been exposed as an aspiring actress.
In addition to securing the first date during Wednesday’s premiere, Holly’s profile on IMDb – an online database for people in the entertainment industry – was exposed.
Unbothered: The topic was also brought up on the Fitzy & Wippa radio show on Thursday, but the hosts seemed more sympathetic to Holly than woke warriors on Twitter
According to IMDb, Holly is an ‘actress’, despite her career being listed as ‘marketing manager’ on the Channel 10 dating show.
She has one credit to her name, having previously appeared on the 2015 TV series Ready for This, playing a character named ‘Alice’.
In addition to acting, Holly has also worked as an ambassador for the charity Weave Youth & Community Services, where she was also listed as an ‘actress’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.
Queen bee! Holly is currently the frontrunner to win Jimmy’s heart on The Bachelor