'The Bachelor': With Colton Underwood's sexuality sparking an online debate, is it time for the show to have its first gay Bachelor?
With just two episodes aired till date, Colton Underwood has exceeded everyone's expectations as a bachelor this season
'The Bachelor' season 23 recently began with a big bang. Though in the beginning fans were worried about how the season would turn out with its first ever virgin bachelor, the producers clearly outdid themselves.
With just two episodes aired till date, Colton Underwood has exceeded everyone's expectations as a bachelor this season. From kissing almost every contestant left to making nervous contestants feel comfortable, he is not so bad after all. But there is one minor, yet major criteria that fans are anxious to know about. And that is if he will lose his virginity to one of the contestants or not.
It may sound silly - and I’m not a huge reality show guy honestly - but a gay man as The @BachelorABC would open up a lot of hearts and minds in this country. I’m just sayin.... https://t.co/eQtdLMhilN— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 16, 2019
Through all this virgin talk Underwood has learned to make himself comfortable. But in the second episode, we witnessed gay comedian Billy Eicher visit Underwood. And during his visit, he teased Underwood that he might be gay because he is still a virgin and has not had a one night stand either. Though Underwood was shocked by the comment, he did not let it affect him in any way possible. He kept calm and managed the conversation quite well.
From that time, however, fans have taken to social media to believe that Underwood may be gay after all. With speculations on his sexuality running rife, fans were also led to debate if this really is the right time to have the first gay Bachelor.
I need to tell you guys something. I am on The Bachelor tonight. Colton loses his virginity to me. I have no other comment at this time. pic.twitter.com/0H6W0GQC8i— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 14, 2019
Even before fans started the debate, Eichner fired the first round himself, taking to Twitter and posting a tweet that said, "I actually do think it would be cool to do a gay season of The Bachelor... and hey @BachelorABC I’m single..." Following this tweet, Billy supported the argument by stating that it would open up a lot of hearts and minds in the country. When you ponder on this thought, it does grow on you. It wouldn't be bad to have a gay bachelor after all. Especially if you think about the way the show's ratings would shoot up, it wouldn't come as a surprise if talks have already begun between producers.
Following Eichner's tweets, fans have started to debate on the same topic. "I don't think @BachelorABC knows how many people would watch that and how many people would try out for it. @Grindr could sponsor it," wrote one fan. Another added, "I think it would be very watchable but not by the same people who tune into The Bachelor, the whole point is selling the heteronormative version of a fairytale romance, can’t break that up and expect it to be the same show. Would love to see a new one without the rigid formula."
Fans who have not watched all the seasons that 'The Bachelor' franchise has to offer also commented stating that if they ever come up with a gay bachelor, they would watch it. While some even suggested that if they have a gay bachelor, contestants might just end up hooking up with one another, at the end of the day it would still be a better idea to have a gay 'Bachelor in Paradise'. "What we need is a gay version of 'Bachelor in Paradise'. Because you know that the guys will hook up with each other anyway, let’s just make the whole thing about pretty people getting drunk, hooking up, and getting dramatic," wrote a fan.
Apart from just wanting to have a gay bachelor season, fans are rooting for a bi/lesbian season also. Well, this would actually make it pretty interesting to watch. Instead of the same old season over and over again, some new drama wouldn't hurt anyone.