Is it weird that my favorite relationships to come out of the Bachelor franchise are the female friendships?
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Arie opens up about Lauren (People)
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Entertainment Weekly)
If you’re going to go through this level of pain, it had better be worth it. At this point we really want what is best for them. They want each other and we want them to be happy. We also hope that all of you can support them as well and hope that they have a wonderful engagement and eventually get married and start a family together. Arie and Lauren, we wish you the best!
Sharleen Joynt (FLARE Magazine)
I don’t believe Arie simply “doesn’t know” what he wants. I personally don’t think Arie could recognize and “know” his perfect woman if she stood right in front of him. This is because I strongly believe Arie struggles to differentiate chemistry from compatibility. I think Arie’s attraction to someone clouds his ability to see the conversation, and, yes, the “cerebral connection” for what they are. He is powerfully attracted to Lauren—I do buy and believe this—but seeing as how their connection has never been actually explained to us (in fact, it is repeatedly referred to as “unexplainable”), it’s hard to not chalk it up to chemistry. This is fine—he should have chemistry with his pick—but it alone can’t support a relationship.
I get that the televised breakup was likely a predominant reason Becca was chosen as Bachelorette, which I’m thrilled about, but I don’t appreciate the dumb, insulting justifications as to why it was done. It was done most likely because producers saw it as a juicy, “Most Dramatic Finale Ever”-worthy ending to a poorly-rated season. Of course, Arie had to be in on it somewhat (Bekah M even went so far as to say “he had that choice”), but he is neither 100 percent to blame, nor remotely 100 percent faultless. Thus, I rolled my eyes when Arie said he chose to have that breakup televised so that everyone knew it was all on him. To me, that was a subtle way of suggesting well-meaning, as though the intent behind that whole scene really was something so innocent. It wasn’t. I see the show itself as 60 percent to blame for this, and Arie 40 percent for going along with it every step of the way.
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Ali Fedotowsky (aliluvs.com)
ABC knew they were going to cast Becca as the Bachelorette the second they knew Arie was going to break up with her. That’s why we saw all the footage of her flying out of LA and back home to Minneapolis. That’s why they filmed her getting emotional at home watching videos of her and Arie. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the producers told her they wanted her to be the Bachelorette five minutes after Arie walked out the door.
Rachel Lindsay (Us Weekly) Read this one, guys. She really lets him have it.
Another thing that upset me was that he continued to go through the motions of the engagement all while sliding in the DMs of Lauren. He was literally planning a future with Becca all while dreaming of that future with someone else. Personally, I think he had been dreaming of that future with Lauren for quite some time. By the time he called it off with Becca, there literally seemed to be no empathy from Arie … just words. It was cold, it was direct and matter of fact. If only he could have been this decisive on the day of the first proposal. While he was breaking it off with Becca, Arie’s face literally looked like, “I wonder what Lauren is doing right now.” It was the breakup heard around the world, and my heart broke into pieces for Becca.
Entertainment Weekly by Kristen Baldwin
As soon as Arie arrives and immediately wants to “talk,” Becca knows something is up. “You’re making me really nervous right now,” she says quietly. “What’s up?” Well, dear Becca, what’s up is the man who said he’d “choose you every day” for the rest of your lives is now choosing to throw in the towel so he can date the runner-up. In true “raw, uncut” style, we see a split screen, with the feed from Arie’s camera on the left, and the feed from Becca’s camera on the right. All the better to see the look on her face when a sheepish Arie says this: “I still think about her, and I think you sense that… The more I hung out with you, the more I felt like I was losing the possibility of maybe reconciling things with Lauren.”
So why didn’t he tell Becca as soon as he started having real doubts? “I wanted to be certain in my decision before I came to you,” says Arie. “You were working, and we were apart.” A smattering of Oh HELL no boos ripple through the audience — did he seriously just blame Becca’s job for his unacceptable delay? Arie quickly tries to explain that the time apart due to Becca’s gainful employment was a good thing, because it gave him the time he needed to get realign his head with his heart.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
Incoming text: “Are you watching this live?”
Incoming text: “You need to get home right now.”
Incoming text: “This footage is unbelievable.”
Some people might send each other these texts as they watch unhinged politicians give preposterous interviews. But if you’re any of my friends, you’re just texting me because you’re watching a man less interesting than chamomile tea ruin the remaining tatters of his reputation and emotionally destroy a perfectly charming Minnesota native.
What makes it all so incredibly difficult is Arie isn’t sorry for what he did. He’s sorry he got caught and has to pretend like he cares about the consequences. He wants us all to buy into his love story with Lauren and the idea that because he was following his feelings, it’s all okay.
Hey, Arie? You’re certainly entitled to your feelings, but you’re responsible for your actions. You’re not allowed to hurt other people because your feelings compel you to. Intent is irrelevant. Impact is everything. And if we tallied up all your actions here on Earth, you’ve had a negative impact. This motherfucker is bad for the environment. He’s not chlorofluorocarbons or littering, but he’s as bad as leaving the water on when you brush your teeth.
Chris brings Baby Bekah, Seinne, Tia, Caroline, and Kendall up on stage and poses the question of if they think it was wrong for ABC to air that breakup footage, which is a little like putting a metaphorical gun to the heads of their future Bachelor spin-off careers but, yes, I’m sure they’ll answer open and honestly here.
Lol Kendall just said she actually liked watching Becca be emotionally eviscerated on national television. But then again she also likes to play with the skins of dead animals, so we can’t always trust that girl’s judgement.
They bring Becca out and she gets a standing fucking ovation even though she’s dressed like she’s headed to my grandma’s disco party back in 1974. She’s definitely only wearing this number because it’s slutty and it’s a strategy that I applaud.
I Hate Green Beans with Lincee Ray and Some Guy in Austin
Rosecast with Rim and AB
Nick and Dean recap the finale, and it's epic:
Bachelor Nation News:
This guy wants to ban Arie from Minnesota (People), and he presented Becca with a copy of the resolution:
Becca at the Capitol building today in MN. Her family was there as was the lawmaker who proposed the Arie ban. He presented her the document pic.twitter.com/ckCjyB09Do
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) March 10, 2018
I mean, it worked for Jordan Rogers? (Us Weekly)
Arie & Lauren:
Arie and Lauren have a date at the race track (People), but it looks awfully familiar:
Arie and Lauren go out to dinner. Yawn. (Page Six)