Because there appears to be a whole lot of deception going on.
Tonight, Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher chooses between her favorite singletons: Robby Hayes, described by ABC as a “former competitive swimmer,” and Jordan Rodgers, a “former pro quarterback.” When she says she’s in love with both of them, isn’t she deceiving herself?
Meanwhile, she sent deceptively mixed signals to the third finalist, Chase, who was left to wonder: “Why did you give me that Fantasy Suite [where ABC-sanctioned copulation takes place] card just to send me home?”
JoJo may be the victim of deception, too. Rumor has it Jordan wanted to be on “The Bachelorette” to jump-start his career in sports broadcasting. Plus, his former girlfriend has accused him of cheating.
And then there’s “Bachelor in Paradise,” in which contestants who struck out on “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” mingle at a resort. Spoiler alert: There will be proposals! And no doubt, deceptions. One woman says of her beloved: “I’m in love with him. I just hope he doesn’t change his mind.”
But deception won’t be the only game. Two contestants are self-styled truth tellers.
Chad Johnson, one of JoJo’s suitors, is billed by ABC as the most controversial man in the history of the “Bachelor” franchise. To earn this title, Chad ate a heap of lunch meat, picked fights and, after he was dumped by JoJo, says he “hung out with” the exes of Robby and another contestant, Grant.
Still, credit where credit is due. There’s no denying the truth of his advice earlier this season to fellow contestants vying for JoJo’s heart: “Y’all don’t know her yet; you can’t be in love with her.”
“Paradise’s” other truth teller is Jubilee Sharpe, who lost her family as a child in Haiti, was adopted by an American family and is a military vet.
When she was on “The Bachelor,” Jubilee freely admitted that she’s “complicated” — which prompted host Chris Harrison to say, “I know you can’t control how complicated you are.” To which comedian Amy Schumer tweeted: “There is nothing wrong with ‘complicated’ women Chris Harrison. You treated it like something she should fight.”
Jubilee’s honesty shows Oscar Wilde’s words aren’t always the rule when it comes to romance. I hope she continues to spread her truthiness in paradise.
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