The Bachelor: The Women Tell All was definitely full of drama last night, but the show may have left out the biggest controversy surrounding the show right now.
Lex McAllister, a former Bachelor contestant, recently committed suicide, leading to discussion and rumors that the show may be too mentally trying, enough so that it can cause people to become suicidal.
“The Bachelor is one of the most dangerous shows,” Season 4 The Bachelorette winner Jesse Csincsak told Life & Style. “It is not about finding love, it is about embarrassing the hell out of each and every contestant for ratings and money. It ruins people’s lives. I’m afraid this won’t be the last suicide.”
Former contestant Gia Allemand also committed suicide in August 2013.
But rather than allow these tragic events to lead to a poignant discussion, The Bachelor instead chose to ignore the issues in their live Women Tell All broadcast.
They even went so far as to edit out comments about the suicides.
According to E! News, Season 20 contestant Lauren Himle brought up the suicides, calling them horrible, when Olivia Caridi revealed she was severely bullied as a child. Caridi has been labeled the bully of Season 20 by many for her inappropriate comments toward the other girls, but the show cut out this scene entirely.
Of course, there is only so much time on the Women Tell All episode. And the focus is always on the season and the drama in the house, so it could be that the show didn't have time to address the suicides in a way that would have satisfied viewers.
But I know that in my opinion, a simple statement from host Chris Harrison would have been enough. He could have said something like, "We're aware of the discussions about our show and want to ensure viewers that we take the mental health of our contestants seriously."
I definitely don't think The Bachelor is responsible for all the actions of contestants and former contestants. But with show like Lifetime's UnREAL and rumors about the behind-the-scenes life on these reality programs, it does raise some questions about the real impact on contestants' lives. To ignore the issue completely and cut it out like it isn't even there makes it seem like the show has something to hide.
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