Diatribe: Perhaps “The Bachelorette” Should Have Taken Nick’s Calls.
I don’t remember my parents actively censoring the television programs that we watched as children. Of course, back then, there were only three networks and very few programs from which to choose. I remember that Laugh-In was supposed to be off limits and that Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and SOAP were both programs that I was forbidden to see. Naturally, they were the shows that I wanted to watch the most.
Oddly, parents back then didn’t seem to have a problem with The Dating Game. Even as a youngster, I always thought this show (and its counterpart, The Newlywed Game) was DIRTY. It was filled with double entendre and outright adults-only questions and answers. On each episode, a single young woman would question three young men who were hidden from her view and, at the end of the allotted time, she would choose one of the men to go out with on a date paid for by the show.
Flash forward forty years and we now find ourselves with The Bachelorette. Now, instead of a date, the contestant is searching for a husband. Rather than three men from which to choose, she finds herself with eighteen ridiculously handsome why-in-the-world-can’t-he-get-a-date single men. She doesn’t simply ask the men questions, she travels the world with them enjoying one-on-one, group dates and nights in fantasy suites. She goes on a “journey” to find the man of her dreams and she does it in front of millions of television viewers week after week on ABC.
Last night the tenth Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, revealed on live television that she has indeed found the love of her life and she is engaged to be married to fiancé Josh Murray as a result of her experience on The Bachelorette. Unfortunately, Andi had refused runner-up Nick Viall’s numerous attempts to speak with her after she unceremoniously broke his heart and, as a result, he revealed to the world on live television that she slept with at least two men during the show’s weeks-long production.
“It’s hard to hear that. If you weren’t in love with me, I’m just not sure why you made love to me.” – Runner-Up Nick Viall after Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said she was not in love with him.
While The Dating Game might have been DIRTY, I’ve decided that The Bachelorette is simply distasteful. A young woman who participates on a thirty-minute program resulting in a date that may or may not actually take place seems harmless when compared to a cast of characters involved in what appears more to be an over-produced pursuit of fame than one of true love.
While these romances often crash and burn I certainly wish Andi and Josh no ill will in their future together, I think they’ve both already found what they want … their fifteen minutes of fame.
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