“Bachelor Nation” Has a Flair For the Dramatic

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We all have a guilty pleasure. Whether it’s eating ice cream with potato chips or spending countless hours on Pinterest for recipes we know we will never make. Mine is making sure I get home by 8 PM every Monday to watch the latest episode of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or Bachelor in Paradise. Now I know what you’re thinking: How can I watch this garbage? It’s so fake, none of it’s real. To which I totally agree. But, I don’t care. I live for drama.

I, along with others who are part of the “Bachelor Nation” (a term used to define those who watch everything “bachelor” related), am currently obsessing over the current season of Bachelor in Paradise. This is where previous contestants on either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette have the opportunity to have one more go at finding love in beautiful Mexico. The show brings back some of our favorites, the ones we were rooting for, and some of our least favorites, to stir up the pot.

This year they brought the notorious Chad Johnson from the previous season of The Bachelorette, known for his terrifying temper and knack for saying exactly what is on his mind, to paradise. A decision that I, for one, was excited about. From the moment he walked in the door we all knew something awful was about to go down. He immediately paired up with one of the contestants and then the explosion began. Chad started cussing, drinking, and insulting women, while everyone watched dumbfounded. He showed who he really was and why we all love to hate him. In my opinion, he’s quite possibly the worst villain the show has ever had. There’s no topping Chad. Which is why the very next day Chris Harrison, the host, sent him home, but not without a fight.

OK, enough about Chad. The real drama I live for lies within Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon. They were coupled up on the previous Bachelor in Paradise, but apparently, couldn’t make it work and are back in paradise. Now, Ashley is obsessed with Jared. She can’t get over him. Jared, on the other hand, was paired up with someone else when Ashley arrived (cue excessive crying). I grabbed my popcorn and thought: this is going to be good.

What followed was an abundance of sobbing and fighting on their part, and laughing on mine. Like I said, I live for drama. Maybe it’s because I don’t really have any drama of my own, so I live vicariously through these poor souls. I find it so entertaining and that’s what keeps me coming back for more. Maybe I am insensitive or maybe it’s because I know deep down that the show’s sole purpose is to entertain. That’s probably why I love Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but that’s for another time. Some people find these shows stupid, but I think you just have to laugh at them and enjoy them for what they are.

I know this is not real. I know there’s no way this can ever work out (although there are exceptions). But I can’t help it; it’s my guilty pleasure. I bet if all you doubters out there actually sat down and watched it, you’d feel the same.

Ryan Rosenbaum
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