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Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is a "little pissed off" after seeing Becca Kufrin's "happy ending"
Source: Us Weekly
In an Us Weekly article, Lindsay explained that she is thrilled that Becca received a happy ending. But watching last night's finale showed her "that I was denied my on-camera happy ending." She adds: "Do I sound a little pissed off? Well that is because I am. Take a trip down memory lane to exactly, oh let’s say one year ago. Becca did not sit on stage for three hours and watch the finale for the first time in front of a live audience. Becca did not have to deal with someone telling her she would live a mediocre life. Becca did not have to deal with being baited with real time questions about her emotions watching certain scenes. Nope, that was me. Let’s just be honest, Becca did not have the finale that I had. There was no controversy and she was not put in a position to face any. She was protected and I was placed on display for three hours and labeled an angry black female. And there will always be that stigma attached to my finale because it has been said that when truth is blurred by misinformation, perception becomes reality and all is lost."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette did something shocking in the season finale, acknowledging that politics do exist
The Bachelor franchise has always been political, but it's never acknowledged that politics exist before, says Kathryn VanArendonk. "It’s deeply entrenched in the politics of marginalizing people of color, celebrating and prioritizing privilege, and reinforcing stereotypes of gender and romance," she says. "It’s also always pretended that it’s completely neutral and none of those things exist. Any overtly political subject feels so out-of-bounds, so completely anathema to the show’s false veneer of inhuman romance, that brushing up against the hint of politics feels like a shock. It is surprising that the franchise finally felt so pressured by the political climate that it had to incorporate Garrett’s scandal into its fairy-tale world. But it’s not at all surprising that The Bachelorette responded to (the Garrett Yrigoyen Instagram) scandal by ignoring everything political about it." VanArendonk adds: "This season of The Bachelorette was presented with a political scandal, one that includes the messy intersection of social-media trolling, the selves we perform online versus the selves we perform in person, Trump-approved ideology, transphobia, the conservative fondness for casting immigrants as animals, and dangerous far-right conspiracy theories. Its response was to reframe the entire scandal as an easily surmountable obstacle in the path of a nice romantic relationship."
- The Bachelorette had its worst-ever season finale ratings
- Garrett Yrigoyen responded to reporters' questions on his Instagram scandal: "I don't believe David Hogg is a crisis actor. No, I don't"
- Becca defended Garrett: "When you use social media to create a judgment on somebody, it is such a small sampling"
- The Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. secretly visited Becca with Lauren Burnham during The Bachelorette taping
- ABC reality boss Robert Mills names The Bachelor frontrunners, including Grocery Store Joe, Blake and Colton
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 9:49AM EDT
Why didn't The Bachelorette explain Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy?
Source: The Washington Post
“Some stuff came out about my social media," Garrett said on last night's finale in explaining his Instagram controversy involving "likes" of hateful posts. As Emily Yahr points out, "despite an entire segment that followed about this topic, the show didn’t actually explain what Garrett meant with 'stuff' — which is a pretty crucial detail."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
The Bachelorette went from fantasy to "reality" with Becca Kufrin's season
Source: The Daily Beast
"When Bachelor historians look back on the fourteenth season of The Bachelorette, dissecting vintage final rose ceremonies from their couches on Mars, they’ll find a fascinating record of doomed romance on a dying planet," says Amy Zimmerman. "Whereas past seasons have constructed an elaborate fantasy, Becca Kufrin’s Bachelorette stint resembles something a little bit closer to 'reality,' as an undateable cast of losers competes over an emotionally-traumatized woman who’s ready to settle for anyone who doesn’t immediately ask for the ring back." Zimmerman adds: "Becca Kufrin is the face of The Bachelor franchise’s evolution from 'meet your prince' to 'men are trash.' Either ABC producers are just too exhausted to try and make heterosexual romance look like fun, or they’re betting that casually cruel viewers will tune in to watch women get their hearts broken and make bad decisions. Alternatively, The Bachelorette big-wigs have simply been overwhelmed and rendered powerless by a deluge of bad men. There are just so many of them, swarming the set with their commitment issues, bad politics, and assault and battery convictions."
- The Bachelorette finale was more airless than usual since Becca inadvertently revealed who won months ago
- ABC executive on Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy: Becca isn't going to be with a guy with those actual views
- Garrett says "I didn't mean to offend anybody" in response to his Instagram controversy
- Becca joked with Jimmy Kimmel about possibly changing her name to "Kufrin-Yrigoyen"
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
The Bachelorette producers seem to be phoning it in this season -- this week's date seemed recycled
Becca Kufrin's fantasy suite episode set in Thailand was "extremely similar" to JoJo Fletcher's fantasy suite episode set in Thailand two years ago. "It’s enough to make you wonder if The Bachelorette producers are phoning in this entire season," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Poor Becca. The guy she seems likely to pick liked jokes about Parkland students being crisis actors, one of her other suitors was convicted of indecent assault, and this whole season exists because her fiancé broke up with her while a camera crew filmed the whole thing. Getting a recycled date pales in comparison to those problems. But it certainly doesn’t create the impression that anyone cares about making Becca’s Bachelorette season into good TV, much less into a real opportunity for romance." ALSO: How The Bachelorette failed Becca.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Becca Kufrin is supposed to be The Bachelorette's heroine, so why does it feel like she's the punching bag?
From The Bachelor to The Bachelorette, producers keep throwing Becca under "the feelings bus," says Ariana Romero. Monday's episode was "the third time the series has maximized the Minnesota native’s emotional turmoil for television tension," says Romero. "At this point, it’s starting to feel like Becca is the franchise’s sacrificial lamb." ALSO: ABC releases Bachelor in Paradise's Season 5 trailer.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 7:23PM EDT
The Bachelorette's "Venmo John" admits the show's dating system "kind of works"
Source: The Washington Post
The ABC reality show is the reverse of a normal date, where you only learn about a person on the surface level, says John Graham, aka Venmo John. "It feels a little unnatural, but in a weird way it kind of works," he says, "because you can filter out who might not be a good fit for you early on if their values and their goals don’t line up with yours right from the get-go. So if you’re able to do that effectively — and Becca responds really well to that — you can build a relationship incredibly fast."
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise contestants include many of Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s exes
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Three men from Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette season are also taking part in the summer reality show.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
How did The Bachelorette casting process go so wrong this season?
Last August, ABC reality chief Robert Mills said The Bachelor franchise would improve its casting process following the Bachelor in Paradise scandal and The Bachelorette contestant Lee Garrett's racist tweets controversy. "We’re in uncharted territory. Now we’ve realized that we’ll look at social media accounts and look through carefully,” Mills said. “Going forward, we’ll be looking at all of that, in addition to the background checks, which of course give you criminal records and all of that.” Yet from the Garrett Yrigoyen’s unsavory social media activity to Lincoln Adim's criminal conviction for sexual assault, it's clear the franchise's casting process needs an overhaul. “I just find it very hard to believe that a well-respected and a well-paid third party that was hired by the show to do background checks couldn’t do a better job than a nanny who had an hour to spare,” says former Bachelor contestant Emily Spivey, who helped uncover Adim's criminal activity. “It is unacceptable that they aren’t taking bigger strides to prevent casting racists, bigots, and now sexual offenders.”
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Bachelorette contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month after groping a woman on a cruise
Source: TV Guide
Reality Steve and Bachelor alum Ashley Spivey first reported that Adim, who is still on the current season of The Bachelorette through four episodes, was convicted of a serious crime in Boston that may result in him having to register as a sex offender. Spivey received the following statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office: "Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016. He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge's orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Did The Bachelorette spoil itself?
ABC and Becca Kufrin may have given away who won with the way she is speaking to the media. As Kathryn VanArendonk explains: "Many a Bachelor or Bachelorette season has been spoiled before the final rose. If you read the blogs that really dig into reporting, every season get spoiled. But generally, those spoilers linger on a subsurface level. They’re accessible enough — if you really want to know, the winner’s name is usually only a casual Google away — but strong hints about who the Bachelorette will ultimately pick don’t tend to make news outside of niche reality-TV websites. Especially not within the first weeks of a new season. This season of Bachelorette is different. Spoiler of the spoilers: It’s because of grossness and social media! To better explain why this particular Bachelor-related spoiler cycle feels unusual, here’s a rundown of the most recent events in the ever-churning world of Bachelor discourse..."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
The Bachelorette frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen apologizes for his "hurtful and offensive" Instagram history
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my 'likes' on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive," Garrett wrote in a lengthy statement posted this afternoon to his new Instagram account , which he created after deleting his old controversial account. "I decided to take it down and start fresh because I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
ABC reality chief on The Bachelorette frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy: "It is starting to be looked into, and addressed"
"We've made a really really big effort to make sure things like that don't happen, and we start scrubbing social media accounts," says Robert Mills, ABC's senior vice president of alternative series, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "In the case of the Garrett thing, first of all, like you said, it's an alleged account, and it's likes, it's not things he's actually posted, which are things you actually can't scrub for unless the person has a certain number of followers. ... Obviously, we want to know every single possible thing about these contestants. So we're working harder. I mean, it is such a new frontier, social media, and I think it's important for us to really be on top of this stuff, and certainly, we never want a situation like what happened last year with Lee to ever happen again. ... We are here telling everybody we are putting the best men and women forward for the lead to date, so I think we want to make sure we are absolutely doing that."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Why isn't The Bachelorette allowed to check out her contestants' social media profiles?
Source: The Ringer
"If social media stalking is a normal part of dating in 2018, why shouldn’t it be allowed on the show?" asks Alyssa Bereznak in the wake of the Instagram controversy involving frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen. She adds: "In any normal real-world scenario, this situation would’ve fixed itself. Elated after a nice first encounter with a handsome, eligible rando, Becca would’ve gone home and immediately Googled Yrigoyen, like any respectable millennial who has grown up stalking her crushes online." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel picks Garrett to win The Bachelorette.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Why is The Bachelorette torturing Becca Kufrin with an apparently hate-filled frontrunner?
Source: The Daily Beast
The revelation that frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen "liked" hateful posts on Instagram seems to be part of a Bachelorette trend. "I’m not saying that the people working behind the scenes over at ABC are cruel, but the franchise does seem to have moved away from matchmaking into cherry-picking the suitors who are most likely to torture the person they’re pursuing," says Amy Zimmerman. "So it’s no surprise that Garrett, the medical sales rep who snagged the first impression rose during (Monday's) Bachelorette premiere, has been promptly called out as a misogynistic, transphobic, anti-immigrant asshole whose opinions appear to be completely at odds with Becca’s #Resistance social media presence. Apparently, Surprise! That guy you really liked is alt-right! is the new Surprise! Your fiancé is dumping you for someone else on national TV!"