Y'all, I can't with this guy. Seriously.
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Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
The one thing that changed dramatically was that during the shutdown, relationships back at home progressed and changed and we tried our best to make sure you were all able to keep track of the things that had changed. Another thing that happened during the shutdown was Carly and Evan’s wedding. It’s easy to say something like “they’re the most unlikely couple in Paradise history,” but I don’t really think that’s the case. I think if you really know Carly and Evan it’s pretty easy to see that they were meant for each other.
All we got was some sympathizing with DeMario (Raven and Diggy really shone here) and a very hesitant (but powerful) deduction that race likely played a significant role in the allegations. But it wasn’t long before things rapidly morphed into what felt like “Today’s Lesson” with schoolteacher Chris Harrison. He kept prodding a room full of adults to indirectly defend production for them (by explicitly stating that no alcohol is ever pushed on any contestant, that they don’t ever do anything they don’t want to do) and to describe what “consent” means to them. Let’s be honest: this is a (usually deliciously) trashy television show fuelled by alcohol and choices made under the influence of said alcohol. There are sentimental moments and the occasional successful couple, but we wouldn’t be watching without the alcohol.
And don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website, All the Pretty Pandas
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
It was (at times uncomfortably) clear during this group conversation that the cast believes there was no wrong-doing at hand. If this were a Corinne v. DeMario case — and to be fair, neither has made such a direct argument themselves) — it appeared that the cast is on DeMario’s side, and is concerned for his future post-show. Yes, it’s not easy for someone to live life freely/fairly when they have claims of sexual misconduct laid against them in such a Google-able manner as DeMario now does; Corinne calling herself a “victim” had clearly rubbed many of the other women in Paradise the wrong way. There's a fine line between arguing that you need to be responsible for your behavior and, potentially, victim-shaming — but without being there, it's very hard to say where that line is. (Realistically, it's not even that appropriate to speak on it second-hand.) All the girls declared they don’t want to slut-shame Corrine, and many of the personal stories shared seemed as though they were intended further a pro-woman, pro-consent perspective — but then most, simultaneously, unfollowed Corinne on all social media platforms during the break in filming, and some even spoke out against her. To be honest, I think they were angry at her for creating a controversy that could have prevented them from Paradise fame.
We need to talk about Robby’s hair. It’s as if a Ken doll got “The Trump.” It looks like a Velcro strap to keep the rest of the hair on. It looks like peach-fruit leather. When he gets off the Jet Ski, it’s somehow dried back in place. Does it have muscle memory? On their date, Robby talks to Raven in earnest about being “an influencer.” Instagram shouldn’t be a topic of conversation beyond “I’m really into watching videos of people frost cakes lately.” Raven drags the hell out of him for his fake-ass job and his surplus of abs. I’m into how dismissive the women are of most of the men. That’s my brand. The men seem more interested in lying around with each other and complimenting Robby, honestly.
There’s no time to do the mental math to try and figure out if Carly was pregnant at her wedding. WE HAVE THINGS TO DISCUSS! Our Host gathers the children around his pedestal to have a very serious talk about what happened two weeks before.
If you were hoping that the second half of this week's BiP would reveal, in detail, exactly what went down during the Corrine and DeMario hot tub incident, you (like me) were sorely disappointed. This episode was 90% boring-ass wedding stuff, 5% Dean ruining his good rep, and 5% a sobering discussion of race and sexual assault. So yeah, just a typical Tuesday night in 2017 America.
Wells' Drunk Snapchat after Episode 1:
Here's my entire #drunksnapchat from the 1st episode of #bachelorinparadise! Enjoy. #bip4 Bachelor in Paradise
Posted by Wells Adams on Monday, August 14, 2017
Here to Make Friends with Emma and Claire and guest Brett Vergara of Buzzfeed (Huffington Post)
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin and Erin Foley (Nerdist): Live from Outside Lands with a bunch of BIP + Rachel's Dudes and Recap
Will You Accept this Podcast? (Bustle)
Reality Steve with Lace Morris
Bachelor Nation News:
Us Weekly asks the important questions: Was Robby wearing eyeliner on Monday night? (He says no, he's just genetically blessed. I truly can't contain the eyeroll, y'all.)
Rachel is selling her Bachelor wardrobe ThredUp - and what Us Weekly doesn't bother to tell you is that all proceeds will go to the ACLU (Us Weekly)
Jade and Tanner's baby girl made her appearance! She was born four weeks early and is predictably gorgeous. 🙂 (E! Online)
We did it! Our little sweetheart is here! She arrived on her own terms, quickly and 4 weeks early, but she is perfect in every way, healthy and doing well. 💗 Precious little girl, there are no words to describe the feeling of holding you in our arms for this first time and looking into your beautiful eyes. We love you so much. #bestdayever #ilovemyfamily (Thank you, @avawomen for helping us start our family. ❤️) 📸: @melissarieke @melissaandbethphotography
Finally, and apparently very suddenly...
Do we really want a Bachelor who isn't ready to settle down with a woman he loves? Hmmm. Not what #thebachelor is all about...
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) August 17, 2017
And ladies everywhere mourned:
#Wells4Bachelor - make it happen, y'all!