I love watching ‘The Bachelorette,’ but I think their upcoming storyline, dubbed ‘Brokeback Bachelor,’ seems like a mockery of homosexuality. The promo makes it seem like two male contestants, Clint and JJ, fell ‘in love,’ but since it aired, the guys have been joking about it online.
Did contestants Clint Arlis and JJ Lane truly fall “in love” while filming the current season of The Bachelorette? I’m not sure yet, but ABC is hoping viewers find the heavily promoted storyline, dubbed “Brokeback Bachelor,” to be enticing enough to tune in. The only problem is that ever since the preview aired, Clint and JJ have been mocking the storyline on social media, and apologizing to their families for the “shame” and embarrassment” they’ll bring. But if someone really is gay, there’s no reason for family members to be “ashamed” or “embarrassed.” This entire storyline seems very insulting to the gay community.
I’ll be honest. When I first saw the “Brokeback Bachelor” promo, I was excited. I thought, ‘Wow. Finally — a gay romance will be featured on the Bachelor franchise.’ But then my excitement wore off, as I started to assume it was merely just a promotional ploy to get more people to tune in. After all, if a romance really developed between Clint and JJ, I don’t think ABC would be using taglines inspired by 2006’s Brokeback Mountain in a joking manner. Instead, I’d expect the network to be more sensitive. But they were anything but.
And to make matters worse, Clint seemed to make a joke of the shocking twist, when he recently tweeted about his alleged love affair with JJ. “Whoops,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sorry, dad? #brokebackbachelor.” What is Clint apologizing for? No one should ever apologize for being gay. And fans seem to agree. One even blasted Clint for saying such a thing.
“Homosexuality is not something to apologize for,” the fan wrote. “If your are not gay watch what you say okay?” Unfortunately, Clint just kept the jokes going. “10-4. But I actually was apologizing to him for stealing his vest out of his closet w/o asking. Okay?” he replied.
And before the season started airing, JJ apologized to his family on Instagram for the “shame” and embarrassment” he’d bring them once his “romance” with Clint was shown on TV. “Apologies in advance for bringing shame and embarrassment to my friends and family,” he wrote in early May. Just like Clint, JJ also apologized in his post. “…Sorry mom!”
‘Bachelorette’ Shocking Romance: Clint Admits He’s ‘In Love’ With JJ
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, the preview for the June 1 episode shows Clint confessing his love for JJ. “Falling in love with a man never crossed my mind,” he says in the video, before admitting they “have grown very close to each other in the shower.”
I’m very interested to see how this all plays out, but if it ends up being a joke, I think ABC, Clint and JJ should issue an apology. Do YOU think The Bachelorette is mocking homosexuality with its “Brokeback Bachelor” storyline? Vote in our poll and tell us how you feel!
— Chris Rogers