The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Slams Double Bachelorette Idea
For the first time ever, two women will be vying for the love of 25 men and only one of the women will be making it to the final rose.
“I normally don’t speak out against The Bachelor. They’ve been so awesome to me – first allowing me to appear on The Bachelorette, then selecting me for The Bachelor. Amazingly, I met my wife on that crazy show!” Sean started off his blog post. “As much as I love the guys over there, I feel like I need to speak out about the development revealed last night by Chris Harrison… The looks on the faces of the women in the audience, the uncomfortable banter between the two ‘lucky ladies,’ and the tweets sent to me afterward tell the story.”
“No one likes the idea. [My wife] Catherine thinks it’s disgusting,” Sean added.
Click inside to read the rest of Sean Lowe’s post about the new idea…
As we were sitting on the couch watching this trainwreck of an announcement, she made a good point. One of these poor girls is going to suffer the same rejection she suffered the first go around. And – get this – on the first episode. The producers will give the guys the chance to choose which woman they’d like to have as The Bachelorette. The other woman will be sent home on the first night. The first night only allows for very brief conversations, and it’s really hard to get to know anyone in that amount of time. Basically, the guys will be left to choose based on looks for the most part.
Catherine also pointed out that March 8th was the United Nation’s National Women’s Day, which was “a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.” This year’s theme was about empowering women.
Then, on the very next day, we have this?
I know, I know, I know…. I just put the United Nations and The Bachelor in the same post. But let me say this. I know this show is already awkward and degrading – especially if it’s not handled well by the main star.
I also realize this is “just another reality TV show.”
But, in a way, it’s not.
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette still have a certain amount of credibility. Why? People watch it because they hope to see people find true love. I’m proof. It happens.
But here are three reasons why they should never have two women on The Bachelor:
1. It’s downright degrading for the women – for the two chosen and the women watching at home. This move transfers the power back to the men on the show specifically designed for the women. As one tweet said, “Once again, you’ll have women competing for the attention of men.”
2. Bringing on two Bachelorettes is just a rating ploy designed to bring The Bachelorette out of a two season ratings slump. (Yes, The Bachelorette performs more poorly than The Bachelor – for these three reasons.)
3. When I was The Bachelor, the producers selected girls for my season whom they thought were well suited for me. (Yes, some were selected for dramatic purposes, but others were chosen because we might be compatible.) There’s no way they can stack the decks with good possibilities for such two different women.
When I write about the show – as I did in my new book – I talk about the care the producers showed me. I wrote about how the producers in the Suburban when my heart was broken on The Bachelorette were actually crying more than I was. I write about how the executive producer gave me actual advice on the night before I proposed, based on his years of marriage.
I’ve always said the people who put on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette believe in true love and have given the show and it’s producers a lot of credit. They’re able to produce crazy dramatic episodes all while genuinely hoping the bachelor/ette finds love.
This latest development just doesn’t support that “finding true love part.”