The Bachelor: Everything That’s Wrong With America

I watched the Bachelor for the first time tonight with my sorority sisters. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to last 10 minutes, much less 2 hours. He kept standing in front of cliffs and looking sultry, and wandering along the beach alone while talking about how he wanted kids, blah blah, blah…I will admit, he’s not bad to look at. Meow.

After an hour, I was cheering for people. Honestly (loudly) cheering for girls to get roses from some idiot with gelled hair. It was a low point in my life, guys. I think I need to cleanse myself, and to do that, I have to list all the reasons why The Bachelor is everything that’s wrong with this country.

1. It turned me into a bitch. Seriously, I was judging people harder than I have ever judged before. I was judging their faces, hair (there were a few hair mistakes goin’ on, for sure, but my hair looks like crap right now so I should probably shut up), teeth, clothing choices…I guess we do that every day, and especially when we date, but, er…it got a little out of control. At one point we decided that a girl looked like Shirley Temple and Brandy had a lovechild (it was a very accurate description, actually, but still).

2. Love doesn’t work that way. Enough said.

3. They get all worked up over things that don’t even matter. They don’t know him, yet they fight over him like animals. They act like their worst selves in order to “fall in love.” Honestly, I’ll bet most of those girls are really nice and normal, and then they enter this competition and turn into me in middle school (which is not something anyone needs to experience). I don’t understand what they think they’re getting themselves into, because they end up fighting amongst themselves because they want to be the only one having a relationship with this man. But the entire (ridiculous) concept of the show is that there are TWENTY of them, all courting one idiot wearing a skinny tie. Honestly, it all seems too stressful to be worth it.

4. Love doesn’t work that way. I guess I need to say it again, because some of you didn’t believe me. Love is not something you sign up and enter a contest for. Love is not something that unfolds in front of half of America on television. Love is not something that you compete with 19 other women for. Love isn’t as false as all that, believe it or not. And shows like this deceive us into thinking that it is.

5. It really showcases how far we will go for something stupid. We’re really materialistic in this country, if you haven’t noticed, and The Bachelor kind of makes us strive to possess people as if they were a commodity. Which they are not.

6. Love. Doesn’t. Work. That. Way. Now that I’ve listed all the things that love isn’t, let me tell you what love is. Love is raw, spontaneous, and wonderful. And I think beyond that, it cannot be described. But love is not something that you can win. Love is something that happens to you. You don’t run after love, love catches up to you. Maybe. I guess I wouldn’t really know. But I like to think I’m smart enough to be able to guess.

I’ll probably end up watching the next episode, so you can look forward to my brain falling out of my ears by next Tuesday.

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8 thoughts on “The Bachelor: Everything That’s Wrong With America

  1. I love the bachelor, but not the bachelorette. and you are entirely right, love doesn’t work that way, which may be why there have only been like 2 marriages in the entire freaky franchise.

  2. Yes! Awful, awful show! I refuse to watch it. Its very existent is insane to me. Like wow. I don’t understand the mentality of a person who goes on that show. AT ALL. And I don’t understand why their friends and family don’t tell them it’s stupid.

  3. Cappy, I so agree with you (but did you expect otherwise? ;) ) Anyway, this is the reason I cannot bring myself to watch reality shows. Not my genre at all. It’s staged and phony. Give me drama, adventure and comedy any day!

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