Yes, comedian Sarah Silverman watches The Bachelor as a guilty pleasure (unlike Barbara Walters), but she feels like she can “handle it.” She can appreciate the entertainment value without buying into the cringe-worthy gender stereotypes. But she bristles at the idea that her own coarse humor is considered more offensive than a show like this.
"I'll tell you what's offensive: these shows that are on television, on ABC during primetime," Sarah said on The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet on Thursday night. "Twenty-five women in JC Penney prom dresses, fully grown, going, 'He took us to a castle!' No he didn't. Producers procured a castle! And there's 25 of you — that's how special you aren't."
She worries that the next generation may watch shows like The Bachelor without critical eyes and ingest an unhealthy message.
"I think, 'Wow, some young girl is watching this, and there should be a warning saying, 'This is not acceptable behavior,'" Sarah said. "The biggest thing that a woman should realize is that there is not just one slot for a woman in any given thing. I think that's something that society — men and women both — have enforced. It's in the ether that one woman's success can only come at another woman's failure."
Yes. The Bachelor's whole premise is women competing against women, finding fault with other women and trying to win a man's attention over other women. As we watch and enjoy the silly/romantic/fun/crazy/dramatic show, let's not forget to support our fellow "ladies" and want the best for them instead of looking for flaws to make ourselves feel better. Woman power!