Do we have our “Bachelor” villain of the season in Corinne Olympios? At the moment, it does certainly feel that way; yet, at the same time, it’s also rather challenging to paint any one contestant on this show with that thick of a brush given that there is editing in play and the show wants to establish a specific narrative. They do love having a “villain” type character every season, but as we’ve seen in the past, sometimes it’s tough for them to really get that narrative going – like they tried to with Olivia who was never really villainous in our opinion.
With that being said, Corinne is absolutely the contestant who seems to be putting herself in the best position to be the most disliked. For example, if you are doing things like taking off your top at the first group date and completely monopolizing the leading man’s time, there’s a good chance that many of the other contestants on the season (plus viewers at home) are not going to be your biggest fan. At the same time we also say Kaitlyn Bristowe strip down on her season and become the Bachelorette, so the pendulum can swing either way.
The majority of viewers tend to root for the contestants that they relate to the most, and there is not really all that much that people can relate to when it comes to stripping down on TV. The fact that some of these techniques tend to work (given that Nick did Corinne a group date rose) really only further accents the point that this technique may not be a fan favorite, but it seems to work on the Bachelors time and time again.
To the surprise of no one, of course Corinne’s getting a ton of hate on social media, and that led to her posting the following on her Instagram page:
“I was confident and I was me. Yes I seemed a bit aggressive in last nights episode but I’ve been through a lot in my life and I did not want any time wasted … it takes guts to be in that situation and you will see the inner me unravel quite soon. If I bother you that much please just don’t look at my social media and keep the mean comments to yourself. I’m only human.”
We don’t quite understand the impulse to go out of your way to be terrible to another person, mostly because it’s hard to really know where that gets you in the world. Of course, at the same exact time we also do simultaneously feel like if you’re going on the show, you have to be cognizant and aware of the fact that people are going to be terrible to you online if you act aggressive and do anything controversial.
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