There's no doubt that ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are addictive, soapy fun. The formula works: Each week the star further narrows a group of potential love interests, interacting with them in various contexts, from traditional dates to overnight stays in the "fantasy suite." At least, it works as a TV show; its track record for producing successful relationships is dismal.
But the two series, which have collectively aired 22 seasons since 2002, are regularly the source of appalling behavior—and not from the contestants. While VH1's Flavor of Love and Rock of Love parodied and embraced the trashiness inherent in the format, The Bachelor clings to its image of itself as a traditional, classy, perfectly normal way of finding true love.
Here are eight reasons why it is anything but that.
Want to read the reasons? Hop on over to The Daily Beast: 8 Appalling Things About "The Bachelorette"
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