The fall of the house of “The Bachelor”

Jen Joseph

jejoseph@ursinus.edu

Dear readership, I come before you today with the most genuine realness imaginable when I ask: is it time for NBC’s “The Bachelor” to end? Most regular viewers of “The Bachelor” seem to be in agreement that the show has gone a bit off the rails in recent seasons. As someone relatively new to the “Bachelor” scene, I became invested in Hannah Brown’s season of spinoff series “The Bachelorette,” when it seemed like the show was doing an impressive job at tackling the emotional abuse of one of its contestants, Luke P.

However, in the show’s attempts to engage in more serious conversations, it accidentally revealed a major fault of the show: its insincerity.

As most viewers of these sorts of shows know, much of what we see is either fake or staged. Certain people have to talk about specific events, some characters (for lack of a better word) are given more screen time than others, there needs to be drama, etc. But when the show itself tries to tackle these topics, like abuse or sincerity or truth, it ends up coming across as deeply hypocritical on the producers’ part, and more importantly, it takes you out of the show.

Part of the specific appeal of “The Bachelor” is getting to live vicariously through the characters going on dates in romantic locales, sharing smooches with sexy bois, you get the idea. But when there