‘Bachelorette’ Villain Chad Watches Self on TV, Realizes Why Everyone Hates Him
Chad Johnson, protein shake-obsessed luxury real estate developer and all-around bully, emerged as the clear villain in the first four episodes of The Bachelorette Season 11. A highly quotable villain, at that — here's just a few of his oft-violent gems:
- "If you're making a protein shake, made of the group of dudes here, and, ya know, blended it up? Half that dude-protein-shake would have zero chance with JoJo."
- “Her breasts — uh, her dress was extremely bright."
- "I'd be happier having [JoJo] not be in a bathing suit, so they couldn't see her in a bathing suit. I know what she probably looks like. I can tell through her dress."
- "You're gonna f---ing die if you don't chill out."
- "I'm going to cut everyone here's legs off, and arms off, and there's gonna be torsos, and then I'm gonna throw them in the pool."
- "You think this is a show. And you think you're safe, for now. But one day, this ends. And when this ends, you go home. When you go home you think I can't find you? You think I won't go out of my way, to come to your house? I'm dead fucking serious."
A chill dude, basically. So chill that his roommate expressed fears that Chad would hurt him while he slept, and the Romance Villa got its very first security guard to stand watch. JoJo (and the Bachelorette producers) finally gave him the ol' heave-ho on the June 7 episode, though teasers for next week show him returning like a horror movie monster who can't be killed. And while he claimed on Twitter that he wasn't watching the show just days ago — we wouldn't want to either, if we were stuck with his personality — he evidently changed his mind.
After catching his appearance while at his sister Tiffany's house, Chad now understands that what he saw as hilarious honesty (his "honesty" was both a defense and point of pride in his Bachelorette confessionals) is actually repellent to a lot of people.
"So I finally watched the show at my sisters.. Holy tits now I understand why some people hate me! Haha but some parts were hilarious too LOL," he wrote, under an Instagram video of himself alternately covering his face and laughing at his own antics. LOL!!!
Speaking of the highly-orchestrated antics of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, this New Yorker profile on the creator of UnREAL, Lifetime's fictional account of producers on a reality dating show, is well worth a read. Sarah Gertrude Shapiro based the show on her three years as an early producer on The Bachelor, and described some of the tricks the producers used to extract tears and plot points from contestants:
To insure that intense emotions were captured on camera, she sometimes misled contestants who were about to be rejected. “The night they were going to get dumped, I would go to the hotel room where they were staying and say, ‘I’m going to lose my job for telling you this, but he’s going to pick you—he’s going to propose,’ ” Shapiro said. After the contestant left the set, disconsolate, Shapiro joined her in a limousine while the stereo played a song that the contestant had been primed to see as “ ‘their song’ for their love story with the Bachelor.”
The next time you see a weepy Bachelor reject leaving in the limo, don't forget that there may be a producer just out of frame who used jalapenos and lemons (!!) to evoke empathetic, contagious tears of their own.
Do you think Chad's as proud of his antics as he says he is, or covering up embarrassment? Weigh in, and follow Chad on Instagram if you love Skrillex, self-serving Bachelorette memes and so many shirtless photos of a jerk.
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