‘Bachelorette’ Britt And Kaitlyn’s Premiere Dresses Are Available Online. Here’s …

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Bachelorette’ season premiere recap: double trouble.

When the big twist for season 11 of “The Bachelorette” was revealed — that the male contestants would have to choose between two potential Bachelorettes, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson – people were not exactly thrilled with the decision.ABC’s hit romantic reality series, “The Bachelorette,” kicks off its 11th season continuing the surprises of this season’s “Bachelor” with the biggest one of all: there will be two Bachelorettes.(Photo: Craig Sjodin, ABC) The season premiere of ‘The Bachelorette’ was quite different than it’s ever been.

After spending the next few months in Los Angeles to compete on “Dancing With The Stars,” Twitter has confirmed he is back on the farm, preparing to marry Whitney. Britt, 28, admits the set-up was “so weird,” but says her experience as one of Chris Soules’ prospects on the last season of The Bachelor took away most of her first-night anxiety. “I didn’t have as many nerves as I felt like I would,” says Britt. “Last season, getting out of the limo, I was so nervous it was paralyzing.

Yet, as Bachelor Nation’s benevolent dictator Chris Harrison explained, this season would be different — on the first night, the men would have the power to decide which of the two women would proceed as Bachelorette. Usually what happens next is that the contestant who made it to the end but finished without a ring becomes the next season’s Bachelor or Bachelorette. As our own Tracy Clark-Flory wrote at the time, summing up the mood: “What viewers saw was an enraging power imbalance in the wake of a season that, even more so than average, revolved around women fighting over a man …That power imbalance [in which the men have all the power] has always been there, right under the surface, but with this move ‘The Bachelor’ made it un-ignorable, even to the most blissfully ignorant or in denial.” But since I clearly have a taste for masochism, I decided to tune in for the big showdown, and hoo boy am I glad that I did. On Chris’ season, Britt, who gave free hugs on Hollywood Boulevard, was sent home rather than proposed to, so we were left to assume she was the next Bachelorette.

But since this season has too much drama for one episode, we don’t find out who the guys chose until Tuesday night, after they vote by “putting the roses in the girls’ boxes,” which sounds sexual, but is not. Not only will Britt be looking for marriage on national television, she will be joined by Kaitlyn, the girl who told Chris Soules he could “plow the f— out of her field any day” during last season’s premiere. It’s just different.” The most unexpected outcome of the competitive courtship, says Kaitlyn, was that the ladies got past the initial weirdness of greeting the men side-by-side and managed to develop a sort of camaraderie: “I think we actually had a really fun time with it,” she says. “We’d kind of look over at each other and laugh. A bucket of roses to you and the whole “Bachelorette” team for managing to turn an already-sexist franchise into something somehow even more disheartening than the 11 seasons that came before it (Outkast was right: Roses really smell like poo-oo). While the guys were still filing in, he drank and said things like “I’m horned up, everybody,” and “I apologize for nothing.” He ended up jumping into the pool and aggressively touching the girls. (Kupah him “white-boy-wasted.”) Host Chris Harrison had to legit send him home. (That means there are only 24 dudes left and, technically, the vote could be a tie.) He showed up to the mansion in a car, waist deep in hot tub water.

I won’t go through all 25 men, but here are a few highlights: Jared, a restaurant manager from Rhode Island, tells us that if he were going into this thing as a superhero, he would be going in as “Love Man” to rescue the Bachelorette from all of the evil men in the world. If we had any doubt who the “twist” served to benefit, Harrison summed things up for us pretty nicely, explaining that “Since the feelings [about who should be Bachelorette] were so strongly split, it seemed unfair to make that decision for the men.” Yeah, that would be unfair! For example: Usually, the Bachelor and Bachelorette get long, detailed introductions where we get to know our protagonist for the season (remember how many shots of rolling Iowa cornfields we had to endure last season?). Britt and Kaitlyn, meanwhile, were pictured purely in the context of how they behaved on the show — no shots of them in their hometowns, no opportunities to express themselves in their own words — but with reductive descriptors designed to play up an an artificial divide between them.

There is the Canadian dancer Kaitlyn, who is “funny, sexy and sometimes completely inappropriate” (cut to a shot of her stripping off her bikini bottoms) verses the California model Britt, who is “sincere, emotional, and very loving” (cut to a shot of her crying). Chris Harrison reiterates that this season is going to be different, saying, “the men will have a little bit of power tonight in making this decision.” My hopes that this is not a complete failure in feminism feel a little squashed. As the first limo with the contestants pulls up, the bachelors wonder, “which one do we talk to first?” Then, in true male fashion, each yells out the name of their preferred Bachelorette. The whole notion of the show’s true romance quest is artificial, but the twist makes it ever more so, as the women become even more like pawns to be played in a complex strategy game.

Finally, we hear Kaitlyn say, “This is awkward watching them all talk to Britt.” She’s talking over Ben H, a Realtor from Florida, calling Britt a Disney princess as he introduces himself. Jared, whose jaw line is so distracting I have no idea what his job is, also approaches Britt, shows another superhero T-shirt (yes, he apparently has more than one) and says “Love Man” is his alter-ego. I’m going to have feelings of ‘Well, hey guys…’” Unlike Kaitlyn, I don’t want to pay too much attention to the guys, because they seem like a bunch of duds, but let’s just say it seems a bit unfair – that word again! – that Shawn E., an “amateur” sex coach from Ontario, Josh, a 27-year-old law student slash exotic dancer, and a guy who rode in on a motorized cupcake, get to choose which of these women is better “wife material” based on a lengthy cocktail party. That doesn’t sit well with me,” before qualifying that she is “so grateful and I appreciate that I’m even here.” Even smiley Britt found the process was getting to her — after all, they both went through the embarrassing spectacle of televised rejection just a few months ago — confessing that “it’s so weird to be playing the waiting game again and wanting validation again.” Thankfully Chris Harrison was on hand with friendly reminders of their second-class status, in case they forgot. He claims, “I feel like this is the seventh grade dance, what do I do?” Then, as he walks to Britt, Kaitlyn proclaims, “We feel that way, too.” Cory, the first of two contestants named Cory, but his is spelled with no “e,” struts the hell out of his stuff as he (finally) walks to Kaitlyn first.

As Britt says: “I almost feel like I have to go and in 30 seconds prove myself as wife material… It’s bizarre.” I forgot to mention that there was a little drama in the house, courtesy of a contestant named Ryan M. who proceeded to get blackout drunk, harass the other contestants (which included spouting the bizarre line “Why am I not raping you right now?”) and then slap Kaitlyn on the ass. Chris Harrison quickly booted him out, chastising him for being “here for the wrong reasons.” Yet while Ryan may be “The Bachelorette’s” foul id, openly saying and doing the rape culture-y things that make us squirm, his behavior is less an outlier than a logical extension of a world where men pick a team and compete to win their trophy. He tells us he is here because he is “obsessed with Kaitlyn,” and all I can think about while watching his antics is the Miz from the “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” Briefly, we see Bradley hug both women, wearing a red sweatband. Josh, who is being credited as both a lawyer and an exotic dancer, appears from the limo to perform a strip tease for them as soft porn music plays in the background. Being an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, I find this rather charming, but I also compared his photo to Joe Dirt a week ago, so I should probably be quiet.

I don’t know if this is supposed to be metaphoric or not, but I do wonder what the rest of the guys thought riding with him as he held these balloons. Shawn B and his fancy socks follow Tanner, and when he looks at each woman, he smirks and asks, “Group hug?” Once the three of them oblige, he walks over to Britt, who has sparkles in her eyes over this guy, and we have our first pick-up hug of the season. If that wasn’t dramatic enough, Kaitlyn responds with, “one sec, one sec” and runs into the mansion to tell the guys that they’re “killin’ it” before returning to join Britt outside. We are quickly shown a few not-so-memorable introductions; David does nothing worth speaking of, Corey with an e makes a joke about “plowing Kaitlyn’s field.” The downward dogging healer, Tony, who looks like he has a black eye, poignantly approaches Britt to tell her he believes in real love. He is banging on the windows to try and get Britt and Kaitlyn’s attention, then lets the other male contestants know he is “all horned up right now.” You know, classy adult male stuff.

After Ryan, The Miz, says he would like to take both women “out for a steak dinner and never call them again,” I hope he doesn’t get to hang around for long. While Shawn E is trying to introduce himself, The Miz screams “Your car sucks” and “You suck” and “You won’t see any of us inside.” So, I wasn’t kidding about this whole Miz thing.

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