Every season, I dutifully sit through each needlessly long episode (two hours! why?!) of “The Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” delighting in the ridiculousness of the various dates and awkwardness of the forced romantic interactions. But I hit a wall pretty early into last night’s episode and had to turn it off. Why? Well, I’ll let these two “Bachelorette” superlatives explain why…
MOST UNCOMFY DRAMATIZATION OF A CONTESTANT’S IMMINENT PASSING: Eric & Andi’s One-On-One Date Eric Hill died on April 23 in a paragliding accident, only three weeks before his debut on this season of “The Bachelorette” as one of Andi Dorfman’s suitors. I don’t envy the producers of “The Bachelorette” for having to find a sensitive way of editing Eric’s participation in the show without being exploitative or diminishing it. But I felt so uncomfortable watching he and Andi’s one-on-one date (the first of the season) on last night’s episode, as so many of Eric’s soundbites seemingly and strangely pointed to his inevitable passing. On one hand, it felt like the producers edited the scene to really show Eric’s depth — and he is/was indeed one of the smarter and more interesting and thoughtful men this show has ever seen. On the other hand, it also felt like the show was emphasizing the poignancy of some of his statements because he’s now deceased. Maybe I’m reading too much into this, and I certainly don’t know what could have been done differently, I just know it made me feel weird. I guess the most important thing is that Eric’s family and loved ones were happy with it — so hopefully they were.
GROSSEST EXAMPLE OF CHARITY BEING USED AS AN EXCUSE TO PRESSURE PEOPLE INTO CROSSING PERSONAL BOUNDARIES: The Male Stripper Group Date
These “strong arm people into crossing intimate boundaries for charity” group dates are becoming a trend on this show and I don’t like it. Last season, Andi was basically badgered into posing naked for a calendar on a group date with Juan Pablo, and this season, she participated in that same bullshit by taking the guys on a group date in which they had to strip and gyrate “for charity.” I’m not one to jump on the reverse sexism bandwagon, but y’all, if this had been “The Bachelor” and a bunch of women were taken on a group date to fucking Flashdancers and had to work the pole — FOR CHARITY OR NOT — we would be like, “DA FUCK, ABC?!” So, let me be clear: my response to this particular group date — nay challenge, as not participating makes it very likely you won’t get a rose — is also DA FUCK, ABC?
At this point, I turned the show off, because it was depressing and frustrating me. But here’s where things stand after the rose ceremony:
Roses: Eric, Marcus, Chris, Ron, Dylan, JJ, Marquel, Andrew, Tasos, Josh, Cody, Nick V., Patrick, Brian, Brett and Bradley.
Eliminated: Craig, Carl and Nick S.