Monday, January 2, 2012

The Bachelor Cast and Producers -- My Messages for You

The new season of The Bachelor started tonight. I reluctantly watched part of with some people. Oh dear.

To all current, past and future Bachelors/Bachelorettes:

How difficult for you that you need this screening process to figure out which of these girls/guys you want to spend the rest of your life with. How convenient for you that she/he happens to be one of the contestants of your show.

I get the feeling that you'd prefer polygamy, you know, because you feel so much love for so many of the women/men. 

Note: I know the current season hasn't reached a pivotal "It's so hard to choose!" moment yet, but it will happen. It always does. There are a number of possible explanations for why this always happens: it's the inevitable outcome of making love a contest with many players; all you Bachelors/Bachelorettes are equally indecisive and not-commital or the entire "falling in love" thing is staged by the producers. I vote for all three.

For all past, current and future contestants: 

I'm pretty sure you would be "into" the Bachelor/Bachelorette no matter who he/she was.

To the producers:

Why do you assume, or want your viewers to think, that the woman/man of the Bachelor/Bachelorette's dreams will be thin, white and shallow? (I'm not equating these things)

Do you really think your viewers are stupid enough to think that these speeches and dates happened organically, or are you just counting on your viewers temporary suspending their disbelief?

Aren't you ashamed of yourselves for pitting the women against each other and framing love as a contest?

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