Welcome to my weekly blog series: Tuesday Walk of Shame. Here I hang my head low as I admit to having watched the previous night’s episode of The Bachelor / Bachelorette / Bachelor In Paradise (or whatever the newest spin-off happens to be) and provide my own personal commentary. I’ll tell you what I loved. I’ll tell you what I hated. And most importantly, I’ll tell you what I would have done differently.
Vote Kris for The Bachelorette… because socially anxious, kinda bitchy, hopelessly unromantic nerds deserve love too.
You know this show has reached a whole new level when the opening voice over introduces it as “a new dramatic episode of The Bachelorette”. It’s no longer just the average level of overdramatic… we are now so dramatic that The Bachelor Producers – the Kings of creating tension, manufactured romance & epic heartbreak – recognize the intensity. But we’ve reached new territory with blatant sexual acts. *GASP* Does anyone else miss the old Bachelorette? Back when we hated the Bachelorette and 99% of the men competing for her heart? She would cry about something trivial and her suitors would attempt to comfort her between douchey displays of affection. Those were the days…. but instead we have a Bachelorette I can finally relate to (in a weird twisted way… but at least she seems like a real person). There are men I would actually consider dating (actually 6 I would jump on the chance to date). And situations that a person could feasibly relate to their life (although on a smaller scale).
But before we dig into my thoughts on why I am still #TeamKaitlyn, despite last night’s drama, here are this episode’s highs & lows:
— Ian is a douche. I can see how he might interpret some of Kaitlyn’s actions in a negative way, considering they are very different people. However he intentionally attacked her to make a point… as well as talk himself up on tv and, I’m sure, carry out the wishes of The Producers.
+++ Kaitlyn was very composed while dealing with Ian. She was visibly angry, but she didn’t rise to his bait. It was such a rational reaction compared to the emotional disasters most Bachelorettes are.
+–+ Did Kaitlyn and Chris Harrison get together before this Rose Ceremony to pick out their outfits? Or did CH dress to match the Bachelorette, like an obedient prom date? It’s not weird when they’re both in black, but matching purples? That’s gotta be planned.
+++ I had zero idea of who would go home in tonight’s Rose Ceremony. It made it tense, especially when I thought my man Tanner was going home. Luckily she kept our fav Bachelor-die-hard around… who else would keep the guys in the know on Bachelorette gossip???
+++ Jared is a dreamboat. It’s time I admit it… he’s still no Shawn, in my mind (yes, even with his overemotional fit over not getting the group rose), but he’s pretty hunky.
Here’s where we sit at the end of Week 6:
The internet seems torn on their reaction to last night’s events. I am not. The members of #TeamKaitlyn are sticking behind their girl, and so will I. After all, she’s a grown woman. Yes, Kaitlyn & Nick had sex. It is new territory for the show. This is something that is only ever rumoured to happen in the Fantasy Suite, when there are only 3 contestants left.
But because it’s different does that make it wrong?
I vote no. Kaitlyn in a very different Bachelorette… which is exactly what I have been campaigning for with these posts. She is real. She is raw. She is someone who has sex on the 3rd date…. or even before. We all knew this from the moment she walked out of the limo & asked Farmer Chris to “plow her field”. Why are people trying to pretend that we didn’t? Even Kaitlyn referred to herself as a “Makeout Bandit”. She is a ‘sexual being’, which the more conservative audience would shy away from… but then I feel like they would be shying away from the whole season & this new development shouldn’t be treated as an isolated incident. For me it comes down to the fact that Kaitlyn is a grown woman having consensual relations with another adult. And, in my opinion, that is her prerogative as the Bachelorette… and as a human being.
That being said, I see 2 obvious flaws in what she did. Number 1: She left her microphone on? Goodness girl. I’m not knocking you for the sex but having every member of The Bachelorette crew listening to it? Class it up a bit. (Side Note – How awkward would it have been to be the camera man when they closed the bedroom door on you? Or the sound tech who had to listen to the R-rated recordings made behind the scenes? Or the editors who pieced it all together?…I’d like to give props to the Editors. The interspersing of the sex scene with Shawn & Jared having an bro-ver analysis session was brilliant. Sad for my boys, but brilliant editing.). Number 2: Where was the forethought sweetheart? Kaitlyn saw the backlash of having Nick join the contestants, and then she has sex with him without considering how the other men will react to that? She claims to have intense feelings for some of them, and yet she gave them no thought?
Although, if internet rumours and what Shawn said in his “I’m not being filmed right now” candid conversations with a Producer can be believed, Kaitlyn has already slept with Shawn… so maybe there is more going on in her head than we know. It’s impossible to get the full story when just being presented with The Producers’ twisted storylines.
What do you think? Do you love Kaitlyn? Do you hate her? Has this changed your opinion of our Bachelorette? Let me know in the comments!
Until next episode…
Love & Luck,
My Fangirl Life’s Official Bachelorette Contestant Ranking:
Notes: (1) “Kaitlyn is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” Chris is so lame that it’s endearing. (2) “Great my girlfriend is dead. I’m single again” Not if you don’t want to be Ben H… I promise many women will volunteer (including me). (3) “How I got here nobody knows. Hell, I’m even surprised I got a rose. I want to spend time with you. Put it in your planner. In case you forgot, my name is Tanner.” I will be so sad when Tanner goes home. He’s a beauty. #TeamTanner (4) The men looked killer in their funeral suits… hold on a second while I wipe up my drool over Shawn in his all black ensemble.