Premium- The Bachelor -Let 'Bachelor' Contestants Talk About Politics
After Matt James' controversial season, Chris Harrison's fall from grace, and Becca Kufrin's very public breakup with Garrett Yrigoyen, there's only one possible conclusion: it's that it's time to let Bachelor contestants talk about politics.
In the year 2021, it's just absurd to think that a couple wouldn't discuss politics before getting engaged, especially as the divide between mainstream Republican and Democratic policies grows to include the very foundation of democracy itself. I don't want to make out with anybody who has opposite and fundamental political views as me, let alone go to the Fantasy Suites. And, if it's important for them, I certainly don't want that for any Bachelor contestants, either.
Take it from former Bachelorette Becca, who broke up with her fiancé of two years after a couple highly-publicized political disagreements. She told Insider in January "If I was on The Bachelorette again, the second I walked into the house after meeting everyone I would say, 'Who did you vote for and why? Let's talk about it.'"
I get that not everyone wants to watch regular people debate politics on a dating show — and The Bachelor is made to appeal to a wide audience, so it's not necessarily in the franchise's best interest to tackle these big issues. That said, if The Bachelor franchise wants to avoid on-air discussions about politics, there is an easy fix: just deal with it in casting.