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Was that really necessary?

As I have shamefully admitted in the past, I watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. This season has been very lame, but the episode airing last Monday evening (July 7th), really took it over the top.

As anyone who has watched this season knows that one of the contestants, Eric Hill, was tragically killed in a paragliding accident. Hill was eliminated from the show early in the season after having some choice words with Andi. He called her a “television actress” and indicated that she was fake. She wasn’t happy about that and eliminated him on the spot. I found Eric’s demeanor to be pretty classy (why was he on this show again?), and in my view, he was extremely accurate in his assessment of Andi.

The July 7th episode chronicled the hometown dates of the remaining four contestants. Then, the four suitors and Andi were called over to Chris Harrison’s home. Chris then passed along the news of Eric’s death to the five of them. Obviously, everybody was very upset. The loss of life is always tragic, especially in someone so young. Unfortunately, the show’s handling of Eric’s death was nothing short of exploitative.

The thing that made me upset was that is wasn’t about Eric; it was about Andi and the rest of the show’s cast and crew. I feel like Eric’s passing had already been addressed in a previous episode (and it was kind of obnoxious there, too). I realize they need drama on for a show that’s been pretty unremarkable this season, but to capitalize on a young man’s death? Does anybody on that show care about making his family have to relive the worst news of their lives on national TV?

Doing “nothing” would have been better than the way it was handled. If they felt like they needed to address it in “real-time,” I feel like a tribute montage with some information about the Live Like Eric Foundation would have been more appropriate.

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Daughters

I heard this song on the radio the other day, and it reminded me how much I love the message. I love almost everything about the song (with the exception of the part that goes “boys you can break/you’ll find out how much they can take” – but that is another blog entry for another day).

I am extremely ashamed to admit it, but I watched The Bachelor this season. I know this is a weird transition, but it kind of comes together in the end. I am not an avid fan of the show, and this was only my second season viewing. I thought Juan Pablo, while a little vapid, was a decent guy…until the last few episodes.

As you will come to see in later blogs, I am not the leader of the women’s liberation movement, but I do believe that women are smart, have valid opinions, and deserve equal rights. In one of the last episodes, Andi, who is going to be next season’s Bachelorette (not watching it) removes herself from the competition because she feels like Juan Pablo hardly knows her. When she tells him this and explains her frustrations, he dismisses her feelings with his trademark “Eees okay.” After she leaves, he says he would have eliminated her when she started to argue with him. We was literally disgusted that this woman would deign to disagree with him. I was not impressed.

I was even more disgusted by his treatment of runner-up Clare Crawley. Clare really threw herself at the guy, but I honestly believe she thought she loved him. When asked for some reassurance from him, he told her he “didn’t know her that well” but “enjoyed ******* her.” What a pig! Like a dope, Clare chose to stay when should have walked out immediately and made him look the fool. When she confronted him on his statement, he told her everything she wanted to hear and that he could see himself with her. I think she genuinely thought he was going to pick her, and his words made me believe that, too.

Obviously, he dumped her. She finally let him have it and told him that he led her on and “wasn’t the man she thought he was.” Clare then told him she would never want someone like him to be the father of her children. Juan Pablo said that he was glad he didn’t picker her, again showing his view that women should be quite and submissive. Of course she was going to be angry!

I know these shows have clever editing and this guy claims to not speak English well, but I think saying “I don’t know you well but I enjoy ******* you” is pretty straightforward.

Here’s to my point. Throughout the entire season, Juan Pablo talked about his young daughter, Camilla. He portrayed himself as a wonderful father and acted like he was limited in how he could behave on the show because of this. I don’t know anything about his parenting skills (although I have a guess), but I can tell you that he has set an awful example for his young daughter. How is he going to feel when some jerk tells him daughter that he doesn’t really know her but enjoyed hooking up with her? Does he want his daughter to just be a piece of meat? Is he not going to let his daughter have opinions and ultimately become a controlled wife? Maybe he doesn’t care…

“On behalf of every man/looking out for every girl/you are the god and the weight of her world.”

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March 25, 2014 · 12:36 pm