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Bachelor Nation is no stranger to drama. It is reality TV, after all. However, the incessant drama on Matt James’s season of The Bachelor has asked some fans to ask: where is the line between indulgent entertainment, and bullying?
It’s no secret that millions of people watch The Bachelor, not just out of interest in the hunk himself, but for the unfailingly juicy drama between the female contestants. Season 25 has not disappointed in that department, with front-runner Sarah Trott exiting the show at the end of Episode 3 in tears, citing the “toxic” environment in the house. After fainting at a rose ceremony and crashing a group date to which she was not invited, the 24-year old San Diego native faced harsh criticism from her fellow contestants. Several women called Sarah “toxic,” “calculated” and “manipulative.” New York City socialite Kit Keenan went so far as to call for Sarah to quit the show telling her, “I hope that your connection with Matt is really strong right now, because the rest of your living situation here is going to be horrible.”
Sarah did indeed leave the show, citing the damaging effects of having a “target on [her] back” in an effort to prioritize her “well-being” after having her “worst fear” come to fruition. Viewers on social media immediately condemned the unabashed bullying that drove Sarah out, with many hoping that the “mean girls” responsible be removed from the show.
The level of bullying that is happening on The Bachelor this season is ASTRONOMICAL!!! It’s not okay. I truly believe that karma is going to catch up to these mean girls. Queens fix each other’s crowns not try to knock them down!
— marissa (@m_heezyy) January 27, 2021