Frisky Rant: It’s Time To Boycott “The Bachelor”

The announcement that Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi have split is the straw breaking this camel’s back. I think I’ve had just about enough of “The Bachelor.” I have known for a long time that the relationships born and bred in front of a camera are a shamfest (except for maybe Ryan and Trista) but it took me a while to catch onto the fact that the show is really nothing more than a shameless promotional vehicle for launching the entertainment careers of the young, hot, and fame-hungry. Let’s review the evidence at hand, shall we?Bachelor Bob Guinney now hosts “Date My House” on TLC. Travis Lane Stork is featured on “The Doctors” on CBS. “Bachelorette” DeAnna Pappas is co-hosting a show on Lifetime called “Get Married.” When DeAnna’s cast-off Jason Mesnick dumped his fiancee Melissa Rycroft, she got a gig as a last minute replacement on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Shayne Lamas, winner of season 12, is staring in a reality show with her famous dad called “Leave it to Lamas” produced by Mike Fleiss who just happens to produce “The Bachelor.” And Jillian Harris? She got a sweet gig as a cast member of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on ABC.

Her reject, pilot Jake, landed a spot on “Dancing WIth the Stars.” Is it any coincidence that now that the show is over, so is his relationship with Vienna? I think not. It leaves me wondering, what gig is Ali up for? Does she really give a crap about dreamy Roberto or does she have her sights set on something else? She’s openly admitted that she’d be thrilled to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.” Vom.

It’s an entertainment juggernaut and if we think otherwise, we’re fooling ourselves. These people don’t want love. They want fame. It’s demoralizing for us people of the world who do want to find love and who watch hopefully each week investing in these manufactured love affairs. It’s a mockery that I can’t support. I think it may be time for a boycott.

So what do you think? Is “The Bachelor” franchise a complete and total sham at this point?