What is going on in the heads of the powers that be that make ‘Bachelorette’ decisions? Deciding that two gorgeous Bachelorettes — Britt and Kaitlyn — will have to fight to be the ONE Bachelorette sounds like something out of the Roman Colosseum. End this bad idea now and let both women pick a man next season.
‘Bachelorette’: Britt Fighting Kaitlyn Is Sexist — Change The New Rules Now
Why did Bachelorette bosses decide to take an empowered franchise for women where one Bachelorette has had the pleasure of choosing from among a multitude of handsome suitors and turn it into a man-made decision? Men already get to rule the romantic roost in The Bachelor. We just did that and Chris Soules, 33, had his pick of something like sixty lovelies.
The Bachelorette has always been the more popular among HollywoodLife.com readers exactly because a woman is in charge of being wooed. That’s every woman’s dream — having an eager harem of men desperate to impress and romance her.
Now, the Bachelorette producers are turning that woman-in-charge concept on its head and are pitting two gorgeous Bachelorettes against each other at an epic, man-filled cocktail party. From what we can all gather, a batch of Bachelors will get to mingle with Britt and Kaitlyn and then THEY get to vote at the end of the evening on who the final Bachelorette will be for the rest of the season. How demeaning is that?!
Why should Britt, 27, and Kaitlyn, 29, have to bend over backwards to be extra charming and flirtatious while a pack of guys judges them?
Former Bachelorettes & Celebrities Weigh In On Competition
As former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, 30, tweets:
The more I think about it, I can’t help but be upset about ABC choosing 2 #Bachelorettes. It’s going to be so hurtful to both the girls.
— Ali Fedotowsky (@AliFedotowsky) March 10, 2015
Ali isn’t the only former Bachelorette to not be down with this new woman-against-woman rule. Agrees Desiree Siegfried:
Even former Bachelor Sean Lowe, 31, points out that this new concept is NOT winning with fans:
Judging by the hundreds of tweets I’m seeing, no one likes this duel bachelorette idea. Also, @clmgiudici thinks it’s disgusting.
— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) March 10, 2015
And his wife Catherine Lowe, 28, agrees:
Excuse me while I shake my head all night. — Catherine Lowe (@clmgiudici) March 10, 2015
Celebrity Bachelorette fans are weighing in, or shall I say are shaking their heads, too. Tweets Sarah Hyland, 24:
Idk how I feel about this whole two bachelorette thing. Very uncomfortable. Maybe have the guys do that first? Instead of women competing.
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) March 10, 2015
And Anna Kendrick, 29, put it succinctly and sanely:
This is GARBAGE #TeamKaitlyn
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) March 10, 2015
ABC: Let Both Bachelorettes Find Love!
So, ABC, how about rethinking your plans ASAP?! You have two Bachelorettes ready. Don’t make them compete, make them both find love. Just get extra men and at the end of the cocktail party, divide the guys into two groups. One group per one Bachelorette.
The possibilities for drama are endless. Guys could be in love with both girls. Both Bachelorettes could fall for the same guy. Guys could lobby to switch groups. Bachelorettes could beg to get their crushes transferred from group to another. The Bachelorettes could share love strategies and lean on each other for advice.
The opportunities for never-been-seen-before drama could make this by far the best season yet. If the producers go this route, the new bachelorette would immediately leave charges of sexism and catfight-pitting behind.
Come on — let’s not set women against women once again. Instead, let’s have all women excited again watching BOTH Bachelorettes find love! Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller