'The Bachelor' season 23 Episode 1: From fake accents to fat-shaming, these contestants have already stirred controversy
In less than a few hours, Underwood will be surrounded by 30 women, all fighting for his love and attention, hoping to be the one he is searching for in 'The Bachelor'.
'The Bachelor' season 23 is all set to premiere on January 7 and NFL star Colton Underwood is the bachelor this season. Underwood had previously made his appearance on 'The Bachelorette' and 'The Bachelor in Paradise'. And, having no luck finding true love the first two times, the 26-year-old NFL player has now made his way into 'The Bachelor' in hopes of finally finding the one for him.
In less than a few hours, Underwood will be surrounded by 30 women, all fighting for his love and attention, hoping to be with the love he is searching for.
Though he has made appearances on other 'Bachelor' series, there is one unique quality that makes him stand out among previous bachelors — he is still a virgin. From the time the series announced Underwood as the bachelor this season, his V-Card has been the talk of the town. But, according to Underwood, that is just one minor aspect to him.
Usually, when it comes to controversies and hot gossip that surround a reality TV series, it most often starts after the show premieres, but in the case of 'The Bachelor', the controversies have started brewing before the premiere. Beginning from fake accents to fat shaming, a few of this year's contestants have done it all.
This season's contestants more or less look like models. From the teasers that have been released by the makers, we already know that there are two pageant queens, Hannah McMuprhy and Caelynn Keyes. We have already come across the Regina George of the show as well, Catherine Agro. Apart from this kind of drama, there are contestants who bring in even more. You have Californian model Brianna, who brought in her fake Australian accent to impress Underwood during her entrance and stand out from the other 29 contestants.
Her attempt is already the talk of social media. And though some find it funny, there are fans who find her infuriating as well. "There is a girl pretending to have an Australian accent on The Bachelor to “stand out”. She’s also pretending she cares about a guy when really she just wants to be famous. It’s called acting people. It’s TV! It’s all as fake as her dumb accent!" wrote one fan. Could her lie come back and bite her and be the reason for her downfall in the show? "This is a huge red flag for me. If you can lie about something like that, you can lie about anything," said another fan.
But that's not all. Though this stirred up the Twitteratti a little bit, there was something bigger brewing in the background. And that came from Tracy Shapoff. Though the teasers revealed she seemed to be on the down low, her old tweets didn't.
@laurenzima @RealitySteve @AshleySpivey found these pictures on reddit (u/PostMalort) of these tweets from Tracy Shapoff- a woman from Colton’s season… what is up with these background checks pic.twitter.com/FqIh2qyZqG— BACHELOR/ETTE FAN (@bachelorfanbase) November 20, 2018
In her early tweets, Shapoff can be seen fat-shaming people, using the R-word and she didn't stop there, she even shamed reality shows like the very own 'Bachelor' stating how people think they can find love on reality TV. This did not go down well with fans of the series who asked why the makers chose someone like her in the first place.
Though Shapoff did head over to her Instagram page and issued an apology for her bad behavior years ago, people are still not willing to let it go. With such controversies and scams already present in the show before it could premiere, this reveals one thing, 'The Bachelor' has definitely outdone itself this season not just with Underwood but with the contestants themselves and we cannot wait to see what the future episodes bring upon us.