True confessions. The Bachelor is occasionally on at our house. I’m not a fan except that I did get a kick out of Chelsea Handler making fun of how ugly the curent man of the hour is (Ben was The Bachelor once before but got snubbed at the alter). I was reading a book while the episode in which former model Courtney decides to get serious about the cat fight and blow Ben’s mind by enticing him to against the rules skinny dipping session between make out sessions with the other girls. “What guy is going to turn down skinny dipping with a model,” she tells the camera coyly before executing her plan to perfection, playing Ben’s sincerity off against his libido with his lust winning in a landslide.
Yeah that caught my attention.
Neilsen reports that the show is in the top 20 most watched early in the season but will climb to the top 10 when things get down to proposal time.
Am I the only one who finds it completely bizarre that half the country watches a show in which one guy is suppose to take a group of women on successive dates, having plenty of physical contact with each one, in order to find true love? And between encounters the Harem sits around a communal living space to bicker with each other over who has the best chance of nailing the guy, in this case our homely Ben.
Courtney is a breath of fresh because she so clearly isn’t into Ben. She’s into winning. This isn’t love; this is Survivor with an all-girl cast. Courtney’s just calling the viewers, and the other girls, out on it.
Courtney is kind of funny. The show is offensive.
But maybe I’m missing something. Please anyone up for defending The Bachelor as some kind of 21st century art form to be revered and honored?
I’m thinking it’s just one more way to represent gender in its ugliest and most demeaning form.