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Sharleen Joynt on Bachelor in Paradise: Episode 6 + Plus New Video!

Sharleen Joynt—FLARE columnist and former Bachelor contestant—shares her insider’s POV on last night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise

Since FLARE’s commenting function isn’t working right now, please, please tell me via Twitter: Are you guys as bored as I am? There have been so many moments where I’ve had to pause the show and just leave it for a few hours, or even overnight (as I did last night). Watching two hours of guilty pleasure fluff has turned into an absolute chore. This was once a fun, simple show about beautiful people drunkenly hooking up, gaining Instagram followers and maybe even ending up engaged. Now it’s become a show that endlessly recaps itself (seriously, if we have to endure another “look back” video recap of this season during one of the way too many live segments, I may lose it), thinks viewers care way more about the CorinneDeMario fiasco than they actually do, enables Mean Girl-esque degrees of teasing and bullying (complete with replacing Christen’s occupation with “Scallop Fingers” and shamelessly zooming in on her eating food with her hands), and features women who need a copy of He’s Just Not That Into You, STAT.

I’ve had the same discussion with my few remaining friends who’ve managed to stick with this show and not quit out of sheer boredom: Why do the guys have all the power this season? Even when the guys don’t technically have the “power,” a.k.a. roses to hand out, they still seem in power. The women are enabling this and it is SUPER frustrating to watch. These are intelligent, beautiful, discerning women. None of them have a hard time getting a date in the real world; why are they allowing themselves to turn on each other over men, being made to feel confused, undesired, not good enough? I have to wonder if the show’s format incites some competitive edge in them, making them tolerate more than they would in real life, in hopes of “winning,” Or is it only obvious to an outsider that a lot of these guys just don’t respect or want to commit to them? Watching Kristina cry for the third time over Dean regarding D.Lo was agonizing, especially when just the night before, he told her (sans any eye contact, of course)…

… and then there’s D.Lo! I truly felt she displayed some of the best self respect out of any of the women (Raven was also up there) in Monday’s episode, telling Dean, “I’m not going to sit here and tell you to give me a rose…. You’ve just gotta man up, Dean. Make a decision.” But then the next night, after Dean had given his rose to Kristina, D. Lo still engaged with him and even made out with him. I just can’t stand that, to some extent knowingly, they’re both enabling Dean’s juggling. I’d love to see them band together and kick him to the curb.

Lastly came the long-awaited (at least for those with attention spans far superior to mine) interview with Corinne. I thought she came off as reflective and well-spoken and I do think it took cojones to have the courage to get in front of a live audience to tell her side of the story. I especially appreciated that she cleared DeMario’s name, but I was still left scratching my head over some of the reasoning. It’s of course very dangerous to mix alcohol with certain medications, but in that case, where was the show’s doctor? On The Bachelor, you must disclose and hand over any and all medication, both prescription and OTC, from Adderall to Ambien. You’re allowed measured amounts of your medications based on your needs (think a week’s worth), and then are allotted more upon request. It’s a pretty tightly-run ship, and from what I understand the Paradise doctor/medication situation works in the same fashion. So this begs the question: who was overseeing Corinne’s medication? Wouldn’t they know she can’t mix it with heavy amounts of alcohol? It’s a scary oversight to consider. Or did she sneak her medication onto the show and production never knew about it? Or does this reason justify behavior she doesn’t want to own up to? I suppose we’ll never know, but since I’m done with this dead horse being beaten, I’m OK with that.

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