On Thanksgiving, The Bachelor producer Elan Gale caused quite the Internet stir when he tweeted a fight he was having with a fellow passenger on a flight, via passed notes. The passenger in 7A, as she was called, signed a note to the hirsute producer “Diane,” and things progressed. But according to Elan, it was all in fun, because he made the whole thing up!
After Twitter basically exploded from all the love and hate that headed his way, Elan took it back to the site to set the record straight on the whole thing: It was all a hoax.
In response to the thousands of tweets he got asking whether it was real or not, the seldom serious fella tweeted that he would be posting a picture of Diane shortly. And he did: an empty wooden chair. Cryptic tweets continued, and one follower asked for the final word: “Did you make it up, yes or no?” “yes,” Elan tweeted back. The end, right?
Well, not exactly. People are still tweeting, writing articles (hello, duh), and otherwise reflecting on what it meant. Which is fair, because it was more exciting than whatever your aunt was talking to you about on Thanksgiving while you were likely watching the (pretend) feud play out.
Thousands of people found the fight on Twitter on turkey day and started following along. It was picked up by Buzzfeed, Wetpaint, and several other news outlets. The next day, and on the days that followed, various writers called Elan out for being a misogynist, since he told Diane, “eat my d***.” Others wondered aloud about the disconnect between his recommendation that everyone “be nice” on Thanksgiving, and his own actions.
The funniest part about all of this? Thanks to this hoax, Elan’s followers have increased from just over 35,000 folks to over 176K, in just a few days. We just hope some of those new fans will also tune in to watch Elan help craft a story on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, starting January 5 and 6, 2014.
What do you think, Bachelor fans: Was this a hilarious prank, pulled off perfectly, or a super un-funny, mean-spirited joke? Sound off below!