Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson deserved better than to be subjected to a popularity contest with 25 single guys. This ‘Hunger Games’ competition for love and fame shouldn’t be repeated. Don’t you agree?
Why, oh why, did two women have to duke it out for the “privilege” of becoming this season’s star of The Bachelorette? The premiere proved that the new format was as humiliating and heartbreaking to hopefuls Kaitlyn Bristowe, 29, and Britt Nilsson, 28, as many fans had feared.
‘Bachelorette’ Premiere: Sexist Popularity Contest
When ABC first announced the decision to have two Bachelorettes compete on the premiere of the show to actually be The Bachelorette, the fan reaction was fast and furious. Women and men immediately pointed out that the last thing The Bachelorette needed was to start with a catfight.
No Bachelor has ever been subjected to trying to win over the women that he would ultimately evaluate as wife material, before he was deemed worthy to be chosen. In other words, there had never been any gladiator match in front of female contestants, who then gave a thumbs up or down to two potential Bachelor contenders.
So why were two women being asked to subject themselves to a Bachelorette bake off?
ABC responded to the uproar with host Chris Harrison defending the move by saying that it was actually the potential Bachelor contestants who were torn over which woman would be the better Bachelorette. But why should contestants decide whose heart they would be trying to win, anyway?
‘Bachelorette’: It Was Britt Vs. Kaitlyn Right Off The Bat
In any case, when the show premiered on May 18, it was as girl-against-girl as you could have imagined. Instead of a woman getting to feel empowered by having a bevy of gorgeous, accomplished guys vying for her heart, we had to watch the agony of two women trying to win at an impressing the guys game.
As the men said it themselves — they had to decide whether they were Team Britt or Team Kaitlyn!
It was insecurity all the way for Britt and Kaitlyn, who were analyzing each guy from the moment they stepped out of their limos, “carpool” or “cupcake”, to learn which woman they might already favor. When Kaitlyn ran into the guys’ cocktail party while she and Britt still greeted contestants, Britt was all about bemoaning the fact that she hadn’t made that move first.
When Kaitlyn entered the cocktail party and made a joke to the room, Britt gave her a second, subtle diss, telling the viewers that joking, just wasn’t her style- she had to speak from the heart. But honestly, who could blame her? She was in an awful situation and only a saint would have NOT said something.
The entire premiere was set up to make these two women agonizingly anxious while they went through a version of five-minute speed dating, trying to meet and intrigue as many of the 25 bachelors as possible.
‘Bachelorette’ Premiere: Roadblock To True Love
When Chris Harrison appeared like Dr. Doom and told the guys that they’d have to start voting, it added an extra pall over the occasion. Even the guys got squirmier and more and more uncomfortable as it sunk in that they had the lives and hearts of these two beautiful women in their roses, which they had to place in either the Britt or Kaitlyn box.
The guys felt bad that they had to make this decision. And here’s what I’m also wondering. Several of the bachelors arrived with their own hearts already set on Britt or Kaitlyn. “I came here for you and I’m going to make sure that you’re the Bachelorette,” Ian, 28, an executive recruiter from L.A. whispered to Kaitlyn.
Brady, 33, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN, pretty much said the same thing to Britt.
Now, what are these guys, who are already half in love with either Britt or Kaitlyn, going to do if their lady love isn’t chosen? Will they immediately quit? They might as well just run off with the woman of their dreams, that they signed up to wow. After all, they scored their intro. The show could prove to be an elaborate date set up for them.
The new scenario creates a bizarre situation for the “successful” Bachelorette. She inherits a fairly large contingent of suitors who actually preferred the rejected Bachelorette. I get that this new format can add an extra level of drama to the show, but it adds a new roadblock to the blooming of true love. And isn’t love what it’s all supposed to be about? The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise will not flourish if the shows don’t often end up in a happily ever after.
So,HollywoodLifers, gird yourself for a sobbing woman to be sent home tonight and let’s hope we don’t see a repeat of this new woman-against-woman game. Do you agree with me? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller