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Opinion: The Bachelor went ‘topless waitress hunting' last night and it was appalling

NOPE.

By Lorna Gray
Bloody oath, The Bachelor Australia just went there. Oh, it went there alright. An entire episode we might as well call ‘Episode 7: Topless Waitress Hunting’ which pretty much consisted of Matty J’s 'protective' sister Kate trying to wheedle out which of the girls had ‘seedy’ pasts, culminating in Leah being slut-shamed and Simone bursting into tears.
Proper entertainment, that.
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Look, I’m not saying I agree with these women getting ‘the girls’ out for the male gaze. In fact, I'm ashamed to say I was even a bit judgey myself when I found out about their topless waitressing gigs. But it’s their bodies and therefore their choice (this is important, people), and the fact the whole episode was a witch-hunt to expose those naughty girls who got their boobs out was sexist bullsh-t.
Why? Well, Blake Garvey AND Tim Robards did the exact same job.
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But it was the way Channel 10 set the whole thing up that enraged me most.
It had been teased all week as this massive bombshell which, lol, it wasn’t, because the tabloids printed topless pics of them weeks ago.
Matty’s sister – who has a cherubic child so must be as pure as the driven snow – made it her mission (read, the producers made her make it her mission) to find out which girls were “there for the right reasons.” i.e. those who’ve never got their boobs out for money. Same/same apparently.
It was orchestrated for Leah to be ‘taken down’ during the episode – by the other girls telling on her, which they did - cheers, Elora. Btw… you’re kind of an ‘exotic dancer’ too, Elora, non? In turn, Leah, ‘threw Simone under the bus’ by telling Matty that she too CHOSE to do topless waitressing.
It was framed like they’d lied to Matty. Because they’d not given him a full CV and previous employment run-down in the 5 minutes they’ve known him.
Leah, for her part, was horrible to the other girls and continually caused them grief. But did she deserve to be slut-shamed for an entire episode? Of course not!
We like that she ‘owned it’, so to speak, and said “yup, this is what I do” when Matty confronted her.
Yeah, bye.
As for Simone... "When were you going to tell me?" Matty asked her wearing his best disappointed face as she wept. Thank goodness, in between tears, she had the balls to point out that they’ve barely had any time alone given she’s not been rewarded with a single date yet.
Poor Simone will be out of the game in the next two weeks, mark my words.
To add insult to injury, the group date was an archaic show of ‘women showing how maternal they are by playing with children’ and excuse me while I HURL.
Thought this was The Bachelor, not the Stepford Wives?
"Look how good we are with kids!"
Anyhoo, we’re REALLY glad the producers decided to expose these menace women to the world. Little Matty J can’t possibly end up with someone so wicked, right?
We’ll leave you with this glorious tweet: