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The Bachelorette Recap Week 3

Is This Season of The Bachelorette Too Mean?

ABC's reality romance series is always rife with drama, but this season of The Bachelorette is starting to feel too mean-spirited to watch. There have only been a handful of episodes in Ashley's installment, but we've already seen a villain come and go: Bentley, who pursued Ashley heavily while confessing to the cameras that he didn't like her at all, but loved playing the game. Amid Bentley's other abhorrent quotes, I had to wonder why producers didn't intervene, especially considering how duped it made Ashley look.

And as if that wasn't enough, this week's group date was a roast in which the men were encouraged to make fun of Ashley, which left her in tears by the end of it (and not tears of laughter). While I get that a roast is intended to humble its subject, Ashley seemed genuinely devastated, and it felt like the producers, rather than the joke-making bachelors, had gone too far. Why host a roast at all?

Then again, the shenanigans have certainly gotten people talking about the reality standby, already in its seventh season. It's certainly not boring — but is Ashley's season sacrificing integrity for entertainment?

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vane-ferrer vane-ferrer 6 years
check our what i think of the bachelorette:
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i think that the roast may not have been the best idea but they had to do something to spice it up. to be honest, i usually tune in because the bachelor(ette) is at least interesting to watch, but Ashley really doesn't do much to keep my attention so the roast was ok. the guy shouldn't have said what he was thinking about chantal or emily being the bachelorette but it was kind of to be expected that someone would say it.
stephley stephley 6 years
You've got to know when you sign on to a show that anything that might attract & hold an audience goes, and audiences love conflict - if you're going to look hurt or cry, so much the better for the producer.
bethany0403 bethany0403 6 years
They could not have chosen a worse Bachelorette. Not only is Ashley annoying beyond words, but her main issue with Brad was insecurity. That is a recipe for disaster. I mean, she really fell in love with Bentley? I don't recall them having an actual date for her to really get to know him. He was not really cute and he had the personality of a graham cracker. Chris Harrison hit the nail on the head when he said she loved the idea of him and that he was forbidden fruit. All that being said, those producers are snakes. I mean, they know her main issues and totally exploited them. But as the poll says, it is par for the course though with reality shows.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I feel so bad for Ashley. How must she feel watching the show and realizing that she fell for a guy who was just playing a game? I would be heartbroken all over again.
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