Wokeness Wrecked ‘The Bachelor’ Only For Matt James To Get Back Together With A ‘Racist’

The latest rumor circulating the Bachelorsphere is that the last “Bachelor” Matt James is back together with his recently-wrapped season’s front-runner Rachael Kirkconnell, whom he dumped in disgrace after internet trolls dug up purportedly racist photos of the sorority girl at an antebellum-themed college party.

“It’s been a while but here’s some news: Matt and Rachael? Yeah, they’re not over. They’re currently in New York together. FYI,” tweeted Reality Steve on Tuesday night after somebody snapped a photo of what is allegedly the pair walking together in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The buzz about Matt and Rachael is truly fascinating as it comes only three weeks after the cringiest episode of “After the Final Rose” in “Bachelor” history, in which romance took a backseat while race issues were front and center. Matt and interim host Emmanuel Acho — who was tapped to host the finale after Chris Harrison got canceled for initially asking for grace for Rachael before folding to the woke bullies — put Rachael through an on-air struggle session. The conversation was egregious, and it ended in Matt telling Rachael that their relationship wouldn’t work because of her “not fully understanding” his “blackness” and Matt refusing to initiate a “final embrace.”

The Matt-Rachael rumor also comes on the heels of news that current casting for another franchise spin-off, “Bachelor in Paradise,” is not going so well, as Bachelor Nation stars are hesitant to jump on board the turbulent train of Hollywood wokeness.

“Casting has begun and some members of Bachelor Nation are apprehensive to sign up,” one “Bachelor” insider told E! News. “Some are wondering what direction the season will take and are curious if it will strictly focus on contestants falling in love.” If the next run of “Bachelor in Paradise” looks anything like the last “Bachelor” season, fans can expect the focus to stray from contestants falling in love to land instead on progressive politics.

“Many people are declining due to the current state of Bachelor Nation. A lot of people are removing themselves from the franchise,” reportedly added another source.

At this point in the franchise’s progressive purge, it seems the options are for the stars to remove themselves or be removed — just ask Chris Harrison, who hosted the show for nearly two decades and then got the boot for saying essentially the same thing as his replacement host before resorting to groveling pathetically to keep his post. It’s hard to blame potential would-be contestants for walking away. Who wants to be the next victim of a rose-strewn struggle session?

Wokeness ruined “The Bachelor.” It watered the franchise down to the worst version of itself and became repulsive even to woke millennials desperate for Instagram fame. Anything the show had going for it in the way of mindless entertainment has now been replaced by insufferable leftist dogma and cancel culture landmines that nobody wants to navigate for fear of blowing up their life and reputation on national television and being remembered as nothing more than the next fill-in-the-blank controversy.

And for what? If the rumors about Matt and Rachael turn out to be true, which many fans of the show have said would not be surprising, the main takeaway will be that the girl at the center of this year’s biggest pop culture racism scandal will ride off into the sunset with her black boyfriend.

You didn’t solve racism, Hollywood. You effectively matchmade the first black bachelor and his prejudiced lover. Was destroying the franchise worth it?

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Identity Politics Will Be Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ Season Finale

Following cancel culture’s unjust victory over longtime host of “The Bachelor” Chris Harrison for the sin of compassion, the franchise has announced who will take his place to host the final episode of this season, which boasts the series’ first black bachelor. The interim host will be former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

Harrison, of course, can’t host right now because shortly before filming the season finale, termed “After the Final Rose,” he made the mistake of talking back to cancel culture. When photos surfaced of one of this season’s contestants at an antebellum era-themed party in college, Harrison asked for “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” for her. That was a bridge too far for progressives intent on carrying out vigilante justice on people whose pasts weren’t quite woke enough. Not only did the contestant face backlash online, but so did Harrison, who then offered a self-flagellating apology for his grace that read like a hostage letter and stepped away from hosting indefinitely. Enter Acho.

Acho isn’t a former contestant, nor is he a close friend of the Bachelor Nation franchise. He has never guest-hosted or made a cameo. Acho’s arena isn’t matchmaking, it’s Lincoln Financial Field; he’s an ex-NFL player, not an ex-bachelor. In other words, he isn’t the logical replacement for Harrison following the iconic host’s fall from grace during the infamous interview with the first black bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. So why is Acho hosting?

Well, Lindsay and her husband recommended Acho, who hosts the podcast “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” as a “fantastic” host for the finale. “[He’s] very outspoken about racial injustice, for social justice, and has pretty much been the person who said, ‘I can have these uncomfortable conversations, and people trust it,’” Lindsay said. “Who better to lead it? [He’s] someone who’s not involved with the franchise, no ties, no bias — I think it’d be great.”

Lindsay’s husband agreed, saying: “I echo those sentiments. I think Emmanuel Acho would be the perfect person to have those uncomfortable conversations with the contestants, with [bachelor Matt James] at the end of the day, and I think it would really be a positive step forward.”

Acho, according to the woman who led the outrage mob against Harrison, is the perfect person to host a nonpolitical reality game show about finding love because he’s what? Loud about race issues?

This isn’t the first time ABC has caved to the loudest voices in the room. “Last summer, I was saying that I was going to step away if there wasn’t a lead of color, if changes weren’t made, and then the Bachelor Diversity Campaign came together, which was amazing,” said Lindsay of her former ultimatum. “The Bachelor” Diversity Campaign was the result of an online petition for “anti-racism in the Bachelor franchise,” which featured demands such as racial quotas within the cast and crew, as well as “equitable screen time,” the addition of a “diversity consultant,” and BIPOC “resources” for viewers.

While this might be shocking to ABC writers and producers, many of us fans of Bachelor Nation watch the show not because we were interested in Harrison or Lindsay’s political leanings but because we want to take a break from work, the pandemic, and politics, and instead be entertained. If we wanted to watch someone “outspoken about racial injustice,” we would attend a Black Lives Matter rally or read a Robin DiAngelo book. The only “uncomfortable conversations” many viewers are interested in watching on Monday nights are cringey first impressions and tearful breakups with mean girls.

One of the things that made Harrison so integral to the show was the fact that he was its first and only host. For nearly two decades, Chris Harrison has been synonymous with the series. “Take a moment. Say your goodbyes,” will never sound the same coming out of someone else’s mouth. Lindsay’s plug for Acho, that he’s “not involved with the franchise, no ties, no bias,” shows how out of touch with viewers she really is.

Acho will be hosting the finale not because he’s the best person for the job, but because of his skin color and his voting record. It’s identity politics at its finest, and it’s not why we’re here.

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6 Top ‘Survivor’ Contestants Culled From Bingeing In Quarantine

Gone are the days of waiting a week between episodes and sitting through repetitive 90-second commercials. Whether you’re a reality television connoisseur or have simply exhausted your Netflix queue, treat yourself to a binge of “Survivor” this holiday season. Twenty years of juicy social politics in the jungle await.

The basic challenge of the show is for castaways to “outwit, outlast, and outplay” other competitors on a remote island, fighting to become the sole survivor. They participate in physically demanding challenges to win rewards and immunity, and eventually vote off other members at a daily tribal council.

The twist? Eliminated contestants comprise the jury that decides who wins the $1 million prize. The paranoia is palpable.

“Worth playing for?” host Jeff Probst asks contestants every episode. To any sane person, the answer is a resounding “No, thanks.” This is the first (and maybe only) reason you should watch “Survivor.” The castaways are neurotic, highly competitive, attention-driven characters. Here are my favorites.

‘Boston’ Rob and Amber Mariano

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For everyone lacking a fully developed palate for quality television—I’m looking at you, “Bachelor Nation”—most “Survivor” seasons feature some kind of romance. Yes, even without showers and toothbrushes, there is intimacy at the communal camp.

Certainly the most memorable of these romances is the relationship between Boston Rob and Amber, who meet as all-stars, making them the only couple to have claimed victory on their respective seasons. Rob proposes to Amber during a final tribal council in which she wears a perfectly 2000s homemade “I love Rob” shirt.

You can stream the CBS two-hour special of their wedding here. Planned by Colin Cowie, a sought-after event planner who has worked with celebrities from Oprah to the Kardashians, it is no wonder the two are still happily married with four children.

David Wright

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David Wright started Season 33, “Millennials vs. Gen X,” as an X’er who was terrified of bugs and the sound of bamboo being chopped, but evolved into a highly competitive player who was accepted and encouraged by each teammate. Wright opened up about his mental health issues to his tribemates, revealing how his crippling fear of dying manifested in a fear of living. David credits “Survivor” with changing his life for the better, giving him the confidence to live fearlessly.

Tai Trang (and Mark)

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Season 32 featured the success story of a competitor who escaped communism with his parents and 11 siblings. Tai Trang is one of the most fascinating characters to have ever joined the cast.

In a battle for literal survival, he befriends (and names) a chicken that was originally intended for protein. His relationship with nature and animals helps him in the game, but his human interactions led to some chuckles. Tai tries to kiss pretty much everyone on his season, and his tiny stature makes it adorable.

J’Tia Taylor

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Each minute at camp is an opportunity to strategize with others or be strategized against. In Season 28, J’Tia, a self-proclaimed banshee, overhears she might be voted out that evening. To get back at her tribemates, she throws the only remaining source of sustenance—one bag of white rice—into the fire.

After admitting “you can’t leave crazy people alone,” J’Tia stays in the game longer than expected. She was probably one of the worst people to ever play the game—at least the challenges—but she gained what reality stars really want: instant fame and a few Instagram Flat Tummy Tea partnerships. Did I mention she is a nuclear engineer?

Debbie Wanner

Debbie is just intense. She’s like the high school teacher who thinks she’s popular with students but actually gets made fun of straight to her face.

Wanner constantly touted her accomplishments and qualifications, so much so that “Survivor” producers change her profession during confessionals. Debbie is the ultimate try-hard but she, like so many others, makes for *chef’s kiss* television.

Jonny ‘Fairplay’ Dalton

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In Season 7, one of the most iconic players of “Survivor,” Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton flawlessly executed a lie to his teammates. Dalton claimed his grandmother recently died so he could catch up with friends while others miss out on quality time with their loved ones.

In his confessional, Dalton nonchalantly admits, “My grandmother is sitting home watching Jerry Springer right now.” Jonny is like the Howard Stern of his season—he’s kind of gross, but you still enjoy listening to him.

“Survivor” does not, unfortunately, award $1 million to the person who outwatches everyone else. Thanks to the ongoing lockdowns, I would have easily taken the crown by now. But as the pandemic rages on, you too can enjoy the delicious drama these characters create on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

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‘The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City’ Are All Insufferable And I Love Them

There’s no Sonja Morgan on “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.” There’s no Teresa Giudice or Nene Leakes. There’s only a gang of thoroughly unsympathetic wannabes, thirsting for whatever level of fame Bravo can supply.

They are awful but iconic. By the end of the series premiere, they’d already started a legendary fight over “hospital smell,” the key allegation in a saga involving a double amputee and a Pentecostal first lady married to her step-grandfather.

There’s only one practicing Mormon in the cast (as far as I can tell), who happens to be the proprietor of multiple tequila brands, although a handful of the women are former members of the church. The LDS backdrop is probably overused, and perhaps unfairly so given that it doesn’t have much to do with the cast’s debauchery.

It may, however, have something to do with their attempts at outward perfection, as is immediately implied by one of the women, who owns a “med spa” business. Heather Gay describes herself as “a good Mormon gone bad.”

“A devout Mormon from birth, Heather Gay was married to Mormon royalty for 11  years, but has distanced herself from the church after her divorce,” reads her bio on the Bravo website.

Another member of the cast is a Mormon convert to Islam. The aforementioned Pentecostal first lady who is married to her step-grandfather belongs to the cast as well. These are the two women on opposite sides of the “hospital smell” fight.

There is no Brandi Glanville on RHOSLC. All of the women have reputations to maintain as small(ish)-town socialites. They care deeply about looking rich and happy and well-liked at all times, which is often the kiss of death for a would-be reality star. But it’s working so far. (Almost like the early, Recession-era seasons of “Orange County”?)

Having a cast full of wannabes is not Bravo’s usual recipe for success. It’s always good to have a truth-teller who may care about publicity but doesn’t care much about what people think. (A Bethenny or a Lisa Rinna.) It’s also good to have some sympathetic women in the mix, people you genuinely like or empathize with. That usually requires a mix of self-serious people and foils who deflate them.

All of the RHOSLC women are insufferable. They’ve watched the other housewives get richer and more famous off brand exposure on Bravo and want that for themselves. As key franchises like “Orange County” and “Beverly Hills” sink, and longtime housewives like Vicki Gunvalson, Lisa Vanderpump, and Bethenny Frankel depart their series and make room for new women, RHOSLC feels like an early part of Bravo’s second act.

From “Southern Charm” to “Vanderpump Rules,” time is taking its toll on Bravo favorites. But the network is adapting by introducing strong new series like the “Real Housewives of Potomac” and allowing its shows to break the fourth wall.

RHOSLC hasn’t broken that fourth wall yet, but there’s a clear sense that it’s a new kind of housewives franchise. In the same way reality television of the late aughts introduced us to a group of women shaping the reality landscape, this new era seems to be about women who are being shaped by that landscape. This is franchise for the influencer era.

“The Real Housewives” series is first and foremost a comedy. Again, that’s why you usually need a Bethenny to step in and point the insanity out. But the desperation of the Salt Lake City housewives practically jumps off the screen, from their outfits to their cars, to Jen’s insistence her parties are comparable to the Met Gala.

This isn’t to say they’re irredeemable. As we learn more about their lives, I’m sure we’ll have reasons to empathize.

Well, I’m not sure, but it’s an okay bet. Maybe an unlikely hero will emerge. Maybe they’ll continue making a sweet, consumerist cacophony for the rest of their time on Bravo.

For now, it’s at least interesting that a franchise so dominated by antiheroes is captivating. You’re not laughing with the wives, you’re laughing at them. It’s more evidence that reality television isn’t about the drama. It’s about the comedy.

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