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Minnesota Lawmaker Pens Bill That Will Ban 'The Bachelor' Arie Luyendyk Jr. From State
Minnesota Rep. Drew Christensen has penned a bill to ban 'The Bachelor' star Arie Luyendyk Jr. from entering the state after his breakup with Becca Kufrin.
The recent finale of "The Bachelor" has made headlines as Arie Luyendyk Jr. drew the hatred and outrage of fans after proposing to and then breaking off his engagement with Becca Kufrin. The state of Minnesota, where Kufrin is from, is taking things a step further by drafting a bill to ban Luyendyk from the state.
Rep. Drew Christensen drafted the bill, and is planning to introduce the bill but not push for it, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The bill won't be receiving any hearings and it will not become law. However, the people of the state of Minnesota are angry at Luyendyk and wanted to do something about it.
"This entire situation has been done tongue-in-cheek and about supporting the hometown girl," he said in a statement on Thursday. "We Minnesotans stick together. It's been a great civic experiment on how easy it is to get in touch with your elected officials and showing that, yes, we can have a sense of humor."
The slighted bachelorette is from the Republican lawmaker's district in Prior Lakes. Christensen initially got the idea for the bill as a way to rally local fans and engage with constituents. Initially, he tweeted that he would author a bill banning Luyendyk from the state if he received 1,000 retweets. It was a civics lesson and a social media experiment that blew up. Since the initial tweet on Monday, Christensen has received over 13,000 retweets.
Christensen began drafting the bill shortly after, even tweeting about it on Wednesday and showing that he is a man of his word. He has also continued to engage Bachelor Nation after Luyendyk broke Kufrin’s heart, asking his constituents if he should also invite Becca to be his guest at the Minnesota State of the State Address next week.
This isn't the first showing of vitriol towards Luyendyk by Bachelor Nation fans. Fans have recently put up billboards in Los Angeles, Minnesota and New York, saying things such as "ARIE … NOT OKAY, JUST LEAVE. — Everyone" and "STRONG, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN SEEKING MAN WITH BACKBONE #TeamBecca."
Luyendyk, for his part, is apologetic for initially proposing to Kufrin, then breaking up with the Minnesota native and instead confessing his love (and proposing to) to Lauren Burnham, according to People.
"The simple fact is I made a huge mistake,” Luyendyk told People. "I made what I thought was a good choice, but my heart wasn’t in it."
Even though the bill is not expected to pass and Christensen will not push for it, for now, Luyendyk should probably not plan to visit Minnesota any time soon.
[Photo: Arie Luyendyk Jr./Twitter]