You know the stereotypes about millennials: They’re lazy and entitled. They refuse to grow up. Oh, and they’re never getting married.
Well, Corinne Olympios, this season’s “Bachelor” villain, is a walking millennial stereotype. Let us count the ways.
She’s lazy. I get that “The Bachelor” tapings must be exhausting. So I don’t really blame Olympios for napping every chance she gets. But sleeping through a rose ceremony?! In episode 3, there are three shots of Olympios asleep while everyone else is up and at ’em. In the fourth episode, on the oh-so-romantic group date to a farm in Wisconsin, the rest of the women hold their noses and take part in the farm chores (which include, grossly, shoveling manure) — while Olympios complains (“There’s flies everywhere.” “Everywhere I turn there’s poop. You can’t escape the poop.”) and sits out much of the date. As Jasmine G. puts it: “We’re all shoveling s—; she’s sitting outside.”
The stereotype of lazy millennials usually isn’t in reference to manual labor, but the white-collar workplace. However, in the warped workplace of “The Bachelor,” participation in group dates and rose ceremonies are analogous to group presentations and performance reviews. Sitting them out or sleeping through them plays right into the lazy stereotype.
She’s entitled. That’s right — Olympios has a nanny, Raquel, who “does everything for me.” This includes: making Olympios’s bed; making her cucumber and vegetable slices for lunch; making her “cheese pasta”; doing her laundry. When the other women rightly called Olympios “entitled” in Monday night’s episode, she insists otherwise. And yet, she doesn’t even slice her own vegetables.
Usually, when we hear about millennials being entitled, it’s because they don’t want to do the grunt work necessary to climb the career ladder. Or because they’re used to having things handed to them, such as trophies for merely participating. On “The Bachelor,” this sense of entitlement comes out in Olympios interrupting one-on-one conversations — multiple times — between the Bachelor Nick Viall and other contestants. It’s also in the way Olympios talks about how she expects things to get physical each time she’s alone with Viall.
She refuses to grow up. In justifying the fact that she has a nanny but doesn’t have children herself, Olympios says matter-of-factly: “I’m a kid.” And she seemed quite comfortable in that bouncy house with Viall in episode 3, further proving she doesn’t wanna grow up. Viall can’t stop talking about how much fun he has with Olympios, while the other contestants question whether she’s mature enough to marry a 36-year-old man. Who knows whether Olympios is ready for marriage. She’s 24; Viall is 36. The average age of this season’s contestants is 26, and the average age of first marriage for women of her generation is 27 and 29 for men. For a millennial, taking a long time to grow up is just part of what it means to be an “emerging adult,” and Nick doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to grow up, either.
If Olympios is a walking millennial stereotype, it’s brilliant casting, since “The Bachelor” draws a lot of millennial viewers. The show knows its audience, and so does Olympios.