How many of you watch The Bachelor? I would guess a lot of you, even if you’re hate-watching, like I usually am. I was so sure that Juan Pablo Galavais, former professional soccer player turned sympathetic single dad, was going to be a great Bachelor this season. Oh man, how wrong was I?
Last night was the usually-boring Women Tell All episode of this season. However, last night was not boring, I can tell you that. I’m not sure when WTA was filmed,[i] but it couldn’t have been very long ago. And these women… MAAAAAAAAAAN, were they upset with JP. For valid reasons, of course, but it started to get to the point of being mildly awkward to watch.
Most of them were saying the same things:
- “Juan Pablo liked to talk, but he didn’t ever ask questions about our lives.” This is a fair thing to complain about. As Andi said in the Fantasy Suite episode, women are often looking for a man who loves her more than he loves himself, and it certainly seemed like that wasn’t the case with Juan Pablo. Most of the women seemed to agree with this statement.
- “Juan Pablo didn’t treat everyone equally.” Now, I’m not sure if this is something that he was obligated to do. It is a contest, after all. But he didn’t even try to hide the fact that he liked some women more than others. Clare, for example. And Sharleen.
- “Juan Pablo contradicted himself every single day.” He was always blaming this on a language barrier, but I think it was more than that. He would tell some women that he didn’t want to kiss anyone that night, out of respect for his daughter,[ii] and then he’d turn around and make out with Clare when he thought no one could see.
There were more arguments, but those were the three main ones. And honestly, I don’t blame these women one bit. JP is slimy. That’s my opinion on the matter. He’s a scumbag, and I can’t believe it took all of us this long to figure it out. And here’s why I think that:
- He made homophobic slurs in an interview, and then tried to take it back by blaming it on English being his second language. Just own up to it, dude. No, it’s not politically correct, but maybe you can grow a beard and sell duck calls with Phil Robertson. Quit blaming everything on the language barrier. As one of the women said last night, it’s a cop out.
- From what we’ve seen, he’s a mediocre father, at best. I can only assume that ABC only showed us the best of his fatherly duties, and even then, he had little control over his four-year-old daughter. What does that tell me? He probably doesn’t do a lot of parenting, because little girls respect and look up to their dads, especially at that age.
- He thinks everything is okay. ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Feel something, man! Or own up to not caring.
- He tells women how to feel. Such as, telling them to stop crying. Or making them look at him so he can tell them to be happy, or something similar. Let them feel how they feel. Women have complex emotions. If she’s upset about something, let her be upset.
- He doesn’t have a filter. Now, I understand that you can’t be politically correct all the time, and you want to find someone who will listen to your deepest, darkest, not-appropriate-for-prime-time-TV ramblings. But don’t tell one woman about the other woman you slept with the night before. And definitely don’t say to someone that you basically flipped a coin when deciding who you wanted to keep dating. Keep those things to yourself.
I realize that Sharleen and Renee, as two examples, had very different experiences with Juan Pablo than anyone else. But even they were agreeing with some of these things at the end. He’s shallow. He is often only interested in the physical relationship. He doesn’t seem to have good conversation. AND HE HASN’T FIGURED OUT HOW MANIPULATIVE CLARE IS YET.
At this point, I have no idea who I’m rooting for. Clare? Well, she’s bat-shit crazy, so they might be okay together. Or Nicki? She can be pessimistic and whiney, but she calms right down when he says that it’s okay. I think it could go either way. I guess we’ll find out next week, won’t we.