For those who aren't aware, "Bachelor in Paradise," is a spin-off of the, "Bachelor/Bachelorette," franchise where people who did not, "Win," the heart of the main person in various seasons go hang-out at a resort, drink, hook-up, and maybe fall in love. Basically, if the main show is dedicated to the fantasy of finding a perfect soulmate through competitions and elaborate ceremonies, this is the more relaxed and low-key version where everybody realizes they just want to drink, make-out, and possibly fuck. Even the place they go to bone has a humorous name, referred to as the, "Boom-boom room," instead of a, "Fantasy Suite." It's also a very self-aware show and hilarious as the men and women all alternate between having a great time and squabbling. I can't stop being annoyed with Colton though and how he symbolizes some of the series' biggest flaws.
I suppose even if, "Bachelor in Paradise," is a more chill version of the main show it still suffers from promoting certain social conepts. Colton is the stereotypical, "All American," boy--handsome, strong, and tough, yet still virginal and vulnerable enough with his occasional crying to be masculine but not toxic. Oh, and he is white and blonde. He's a concept viewers of the series are comfortable with. this way they don't have to feel challenged by difficult discussions such as the ones about race that happened in the season where Rachel was the Bachelorette (the first-ever Black person to be the star of the show) and ratings dropped, or when past contestants on the show have called-out how silly it is to think every season has to end in a proposal as opposed to maybe just agreeing to try monogamously dating once the show is done.
|Bibiana is often more outspoken or bold than other women on the series.|
She also is often treated as, "Crazy," or comedic-relief.
It's fun and trashy television, but for every time it seems to be making social progress, a chunk of the audience seems to want to have any step forward be followed by two steps back. I feel like Colton unintentionally epitomizes this, and as this post has made clear, that irritates the Hell out of me. I still enjoy, "The Bachelor/Bachelorette," as well as its wacky, "Bachelor in Paradise," spin-off, but seeing all the self-imposed limitations the shows give themselves just is a bummer.