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'Bachelor' uproar prompts Minnesota bill banning Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the state

Arie Luyendyk Jr. on ABC's "The Bachelor." (Paul Hebert / ABC)
Arie Luyendyk Jr. on ABC's "The Bachelor." (Paul Hebert / ABC)

Well, well, well, Arie Luyendyk Jr. has not only drawn the ire of Bachelor Nation, but also the state of Minnesota’s.

After Luyendyk proposed to and broke off his engagement with Minnesota native Becca Kufrin during Monday’s finale of “The Bachelor,” Rep. Drew Christensen made good on his promise to draft a bill banning Luyendyk.

The representative drafted the bill and will be introducing it. But he won’t be pushing for it.

"This entire situation has been done tongue-in-cheek and about supporting the hometown girl. 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 Republican lawmaker said in a statement to The Times on Thursday.

The bill won’t be receiving any hearings and it will not become law, Christensen said.

Kufrin hails from Christensen’s Prior Lakes district, and the lawmaker capitalized on the opportunity to rally local fans on social media in a civil experiment. After what began as a  way to engage with constituents — and swiftly escalated into a bona fide publicity blitz — Christensen promised to author a bill banning Luyendyk from the state if a tweet of his saying so received a meager 1,000 retweets. 

That was Monday.

The retweets surged and Christensen began drafting the bill the same night Luyendyk broke Kufrin’s heart and became persona non grata in Bachelor Nation. (Seriously, billboards blasting the former race car driver have been erected across the country.)

Christensen also offered to invite Kufrin, ABC’s next “Bachelorette,” to the state of the state address next week if he got a respectable 10,000 retweets on another tweet. 

    On Wednesday, after more than 11,000 retweets of his initial post, Christensen shared a picture of the bill and Kufrin’s formal invitation to the address.

    "The state of Minnesota hereby adopts a policy of zero tolerance of Arie Luyendyk, Jr. from season 22 of The Bachelor," the document said. "It is state policy that every person in the state has a right to live free from the presence of Arie Luyendyk, Jr. in the state."

    Christensen said he isn’t a huge “Bachelor” fan but has kept tabs on the latest season because of its local connection.

    As for his bill’s chances of passing? Christensen said they are “0%.”

    “In fact... I’m not going to vote for it,” he added.

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