I found this article and thought it was worth a discussion while we "Bachelor" fans wait for Bachelor Rome. My first impression of it was, "Very interesting that message boards about the Bachelor( ette) were worth doing a college study" (did you guys realize we are specimens to be studied, just like we dissect the show's participants? ). My second impression was that, the author of this article must not be able to distinguish sarcasm from reality as he seems to be accusing some fans or else he wasn't reading the FORT's snark-a-lious (and yes, Mr. Pettus, that word is probably not taught in the public school system ) comments to know that the majority of us watch this show not just with a grain of salt but an entire shaker! What do you guys think of the comments in this article? Do we need to "get real"?
Fans of this TV show need to get real
By Gary Pettus
Viewers of reality TV prefer fantasy over reality in some shows, says a researcher who studied message boards for ABC's The Bachelorette.
Beth Montemurro, assistant professor of sociology at Penn State, has come to that conclusion in the case of bachelorette Jen Schefft, who was blasted by a bitter band of message boarders - on one board nearly 100 attacked her; only 15 backed her up.
Her crime? Schefft admitted she had not fallen in love and turned down all her suitors. Viewers of The Bachelorette (an updated Dating Game) expressed contempt for Schefft. It seems they preferred a fake happy ending to her "unhappy" reality.
After reading some of those messages, I drew a conclusion of my own: The U.S. education system needs a complete overhaul. Or, as it might be spelled on some message boards: "overhawl."
A REAL BASKIN CASE
I also concluded that it might be fun to copy these messages and reply to them in this column, which I've done, in italics. I'm assuming that the sentiments expressed in them are real:
... What a bummer! You spend all this time watching someone whittle away at a pool of 25 suitors, and she picks no one?
That's worse than going to Baskin Robbins and discovering they ran out of pralines and cream.
I know what you mean. It's like picking out a necktie pattern and discovering they ran out of pigs in tutus. It's like choosing a birthday present for your dog and discovering they're out of fake vomit.
You spend "all this time" watching a TV show when you could have been talking to your kids or reading a book or writing a letter to your sick grandmother and this happens to you. Jen is so selfish.
Does anyone know what became of 2 time loser Jen Schift? It was bad enough she got Andrew Firestone, broke that off and then had her own show and screwed two guys around because she doesn't know what she wants in life. ...
Imagine how screwed-over they felt - going on national TV knowing they had a 1 in 25 chance of winning, realizing that millions of other women would see them and try to contact them to offer a loving balm for their wounded souls. They're like those candidates who run for office with little chance of winning, but get thousands of dollars worth of free advertising for their businesses. Let's tattoo a scarlet "A" on Jen's forehead.
... I decided right then and there never again would I get snookered into believing this show was going to give us one choice over the other... I have not watched an episode of The Bachelor since. I loved it when Byron & Mary took their relationship a step further.... wonder if they are still together?
Let's see: They met on a TV show, they've been subject to criticism of their every move by strangers, and their professions of love were notarized by a dead flower the color of spilled blood.
What more do you need for a lasting relationship?
I hate getting "snookered" by TV, too. It's usually so honest.
... She was a terrible bacelorette. How could she not pick that yummy John Paul? OMG he had it all. And only 25.....Wow.... She was sickening.
Sickening? OMG, yes! As opposed to living your life through someone else, then condemning her for living it as she sees fit. Now that's healthy.