Can we talk about Bachelor? I know this is so old news by now, but I still haven't talked about it with hardly anyone! And I just have to! I didn't even watch the finale until Tuesday and then yesterday was our anniversary so obviously I couldn't just ditch out on an anniversary post and instead write Bachelor gossip instead. It wouldn't be fair to Greg!
But I did think about it.
There has been a lot said here there and everywhere about the finale and mostly about the after the final rose ceremony. A lot of people said things but not me and now I feel left out! I want to say something too! I agree that Juan Pablo is not the best Bachelor ABC has ever chosen, but sheesh, that man is getting way more flack than he deserves. People are hating like crazy! So I present to you...
IN DEFENSE OF JUAN PABLO
THE WOMEN TELL ALL: I think the whole "let's jump on the hating on Juan Pablo bandwagon" began with the women tell all. All of those girls were worshiping the ground he walked on during the show. Then they all got dumped, all got together, and collectively decided that their ex boyfriend sucked. Sorry, but it holds no credibility. Just because he dumped you doesn't mean you can pretend you never liked him in the first place. YOU DID. Sharleen was the only one who stuck up for him and Andi is the only one who legitimately has the right to diss on him because she actually called him out ON THE SHOW.
You hate Juan Pablo? Oh em gee, I hate Juan Pablo too!
THE FINALE: Clare followed the exact same pattern of all the rejected before her. Her whole "You're not the man I thought you were" was way too dramatic and over the top and really just a cover up so she didn't look like an idiot. Had she said that to him after his dirty comment in the helicopter, I would have given her mad props. But she didn't. She let it go, didn't stick up for herself, and then stayed, hoping he would choose her. Only when he didn't choose her did she "lose respect" for him. Why had she suddenly lost respect for him? Because she lost. Pretty weak argument, there Clairey. And the whole, "I would never want you to be the father to my child." Freaking uncalled for. I'm sorry, but that was low and unnecessary.
What? You don't wanna marry me and have my babies? I just lost all respect for you!
AFTER THE FINAL ROSE: As far as the after the final rose ceremony goes... that whole thing was so awkward to watch and I do not blame it on JP entirely. I admit that I really couldn't have cared less who won. I don't really like JP and I don't like Nikki or Claire, so it was all the same to me. When you don't really like someone, it's usually not too interesting to you if they start dating another person you don't really like.
That being said, I don't think that their relationship was as bad as Chris Harrison made it out to be. Chris made it so so awkward by repeatedly asking JP if he was in love with Nikki. I mean once is fine, he got paid to fall in love on tv, but over and over again? I felt like I was watching a complete train wreck that Chris was driving and with JP as his passenger. They were both involved, yes, but Chris was responsible. I know that JP acting like a total jerk and his whole "before Chris interrupted me" remark was obviously a little much, but Chris' job is to be the mature host and smooth over the situation, not to keep inciting him. Also, after JP and Nikki were off the show Chris made two very snide, uncalled for remarks. I was embarrassed for the network because of Chris' remarks moreso than JP's. Chris first said something along the lines of "The Bachelor season is now over and I for one, am totally ready to move on" and the second one something like, "Do you feel like you need to wash up after that?" Really, Chris? Wash up? Come on, don't use the guy who just made you a ridiculous amount of money as some kind of meat to throw to the dogs.
I will again make it clear that I don't think JP is a quality guy and I don't think the relationship will last, but why is everyone so hung up over the fact that he hasn't said I love you yet? They've been dating what, 4-6 months? Two of those months on national television where he saw her maybe once a week and after that they have been dating in hiding, long distance, and over skype. Realistically they probably haven't spent that many hours together. And so, naturally, he probably isn't ready to say I love you yet. Just because she is ready before he is doesn't make him a douche. (There are other things that made him a douche). I just don't think it's fair to come at JP for not saying the L word. I had a really good friend who dated a boy who moved incredibly slow. He took almost a year to say I love you and more than that to know if he wanted to marry her. I remember how painful it was for her- in our world of insta everything it was so hard to have everyone pressuring her and asking her if he had said I love you yet or if they had talked wedding yet. It made her feel like there was something wrong with her because he moved slowly. Now they are happily married and life is good and dandy for them and who in the world cares that he took three times as long to say the L word? There is no certain amount of time that a man has to say it within to qualify as a "good boyfriend."
Even if he HAD said I love you to Nikki. What would it have mattered in the long run? The show has got like an 8% success rate, let's all be honest with ourselves. Everyone is aware that the marriage proposal and declarations of love are basically all for show anyway, so I feel like we're all up in arms at JP for essentially not putting on a show for us. All of the other ones delivered the show and we LOVED it, JP! Now do the show! And then after the others were done with their live marriage proposals and ceremonies and yada yada yada THEY STILL BROKE UP. Emily Maynard broke up twice. She played that show for a fool, getting the highest pay of any Bachelorette in history and a $250,000 wardrobe budget. She ended up breaking up with BOTH men who proposed to her and basically has used the show to springboard her career and jewelry business. And we love her for it, don't we? No one's coming at Emily, I can tell you that.
Lastly, I think there is something that our American culture doesn't understand about Juan Pablo. The man is a LATINO. If ABC wanted a born and raised white American to do everything the way they thought it should be done in America, (Sean) then they should have gotten a born and raised white American to be bacheltheir or. I spent 18 months in Argentina teaching the good word and one thing I learned very clearly is that latin men are... let's see... how do I say this... hot blooded. In other words, they're horny. Straight up. All the time. I don't know why. They just have a lot of testosterone or something. Yes, JP was a horndog with the women, but what did ABC expect? Secondly, Latins say whatever the freak they want to and they don't care one bit if you take offense. Their culture is not into all of the social niceties that ours is. They call each other "gorda" (fatty) as a nickname! Argentines would tell me all the time how bad my accent sucked, that I looked tired, that my dress needed ironing, that I obviously hadn't had time to do my hair that morning, etc, etc, etc. You get used to it after awhile. They don't sugar coat and dance on egg shells like we do here. I'm not saying one way is right and one way is wrong, I'm just saying that that is part of JP's culture so the world can stop freaking out when they get a Latin who does exactly what is common in Latin culture.
Juan Pablo, I did my best.