If You Felt Triggered By Last Night's Episode Of The Bachelor Then Read This
For some, last night's episode of The Bachelor was hard to watch.
Without giving away too many spoilers, there was an incident that took place between a few contestants that dredged up some feelings for people. Viewing went from light-hearted reality TV programming into something far more sinister that can only be described as bullying.
— The Bachelor Aus 🌹 (@TheBachelorAU) September 5, 2018
The reason why this has hit such a nerve is because, despite Australians knack for passing things off as a joke, we have a real bullying issue in our country with one in four students reporting that they are being bullied on a regular basis.
The Bachelor endorses straight up bullying and I am fucking over it glorifying this behaviour like this is very negative as girls as people may think this form of absoloute dreadful behaviour is how you treat people P.S It's not #thebachelorau
— Adam Monaghan (@MrAdamMonaghan) September 5, 2018
Why has Romy been allowed to get away with her harassment, bullying & intimidation. @TheBachelorAU is losing people because the level of bitchiness this yr. It’s disgusting how Romy & Cat have been allowed to rip others to shreds without consequences #Unacceptable #TheBachelorAU
— Cherie n Benni (@CherieNBenni) September 5, 2018
romy, people walk away when they feel like 1. they're getting out of control 2. the situation is becoming too aggressive 3. they're uncomfortable
it's not a sign of weakness, nor is it something to take pride in making someone do #TheBachelorAU
— taryn ʕง•ᴥ•ʔง (@thereafter) September 5, 2018
So to see that kind of behaviour glamorised and glorified for the telly, what kind of message does this send? So with that in mind, to anyone who has triggered or negatively impacted by last night's episode, here are a few links for some really great organisations that are there to help.
A leading online mental health organisation for teenagers and their parents - head here.
An organisation that is working towards bullying prevention and creating cyber safe programmes - head here.
A longstanding institution and free hotline offering 24-hour counselling - head here or call 13 11 14.
Human Rights Commission
Government organisation providing information and support for workplace bullying - head here.
National Centre Against Bullying
Advice, research, blogs and contacts designed to help parents, schools and children dealing with bullying - head here.