Lance Bass Calls Out Colton Underwood for Monetizing His Coming Out

Monday April 19, 2021
Originally published on April 17, 2021

Lance Bass isn't having the Colton Underwood "Kumbaya" Moment. The former NSYNC singer, who came out in 2006, spoke on latest episode of "The Ben & Ashley I. Almost Famous Podcast" this week about the seeming positive media response to the former Bachelor's coming out on "Good Morning America" last Wednesday. Soon after it was it was announced that he's filming a Netflix reality show about his coming out experience in a move seen by some as him capitalizing on his decision.

"Lance Bass says Colton Underwood is facing backlash from the gay community for 'monetizing the experience' of coming out," The Daily Mail reports

Asked why he thought the 28-year-old former NFL player's coming out was getting an online backlash, Bass said, "This gay community is very diverse, but we can also be very fickle. He's definitely gonna get a lot of backlash from the community at first. Not the majority, but there is a small percentage of the community that's just gonna not like the fact that he came out this way, that he's monetizing the experience."

He continued, "They don't think he deserves this attention and one of those reasons is, and this is what I experienced when I came out... when you first come out, most people have no clue about the LGBT community."

Because, Bass continued, they have avoided being gay, they also avoided knowing about the community. "So when someone comes out as a public figure, so many people immediately go, 'It's too late." They don't like to support it because they don't feel like you know what you're talking about yet.

"But I don't think Colton is trying to lead that charge of trying to be the spokesperson for the LGBTQ community." Lance, 41, added.

Bass added that he could relate to Underwood's situation because NSYNC's following was largely women. "90% of my fans were women, and they all thought I was straight. I made my money off women and singing about love and using that market. So me coming out, it was scary... cause now everyone is gonna see me as a liar."

While working on his Netflix show, which has been filming for weeks, Underwood has no plans to start dating, TMZ reported. "Sources close to the former 'Bachelor' star tell us ... Colton isn't dating anyone now and wasn't dating anyone before he made his big announcement this week on 'GMA.'"

On the show he will be joined by out Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who will act as his gay guide to LGBTQ culture.