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Should Bachelor Ben Flajnik Have Given A Rose To Shawntel Newton in Episode 3? [SEASON 16 POLL]

Awkward! Was it asking too much for Ben Flajnik to give poor Shawntel Newton a chance on The Bachelor Season 16? Even sob sister Jenna Burke got at least one rose from the guy.

Shawntel came all that way. OK, maybe it’s not that far from Chico to San Francisco, but she took a huge leap of faith and had to face the wrath of the angry pythons that Ben keeps choosing to date.

The Bachelor Season 15 veteran — who kept her cool even amid the shrill screeches — was called “dumpster trash,” “bitch,” “f--king loser,” “psychopath” and “uglier in person” with thick thighs. As Rachel Truehart said of the funeral director, “You lost your chance because you’re a creeper and you drain people’s blood for a living.”

Yes, the ladies showed their true colors in San Francisco. They must’ve left their hearts in another city. And Ben showed a little bit of his own true colors by denying Shawntel a chance. But was it the right move? Or was Ben bullied by his own high-strung bachelorettes and, as Shawntel expressed, too much of a coward to follow his true feelings? He did admit to enjoying their communication (whatever it was). Part of us feels it was just too soon for her to go... And some folks in Bachelor Nation seem to be Team Shawntel all the way:

@BachelorExpert: If Ben chose @Shawntel_Newton over most of these girls I world look at him in a way better light. #Bachelor

@Ashley Spivey (fellow Season 15 contestant): Heart is breaking for Shawntel! I think Ben does want to keep her but he knows too many girls will walk out :/ anyone else?

@HollyDurst (from Bachelor Pad 2): @Shawntel_Newton I ♡ you tonight.

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01.17.2012 / 08:44 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: The Bachelor, The Bachelorette

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