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Why Do the ‘Bachelor’ Producers Keep Casting Such Toxic Contestants?

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

If you’re watching this season of The Bachelor, you know where this is headed. If you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to, ahem, “Queen” Victoria. The 27-year-old Los Angeles native literally showed up with a crown on night one, and has since only referred to herself as the queen. While the other girls were trying their best to be polite and make a good impression on night one, Victoria interrupted Kit and Matt by saying, “Excuse me, Princess, the queen has arrived.” Pretty rude, if you ask me literally anyone. 

This week, the drama only escalated – and yes, it was all directly caused by Victoria. When Bri left for her one-on-one with Matt, the other girls were polite and happy for Bri, over which Victoria lashed out at them. “I wanted to be on that date, so I’m not happy about it,” she said. Clearly, she needs a vocabulary lesson, because when Marylynn told her that they’re all jealous, Victoria said, “I’m not jealous, I’m just like, ‘I want that’.”

That’s what jealous means, Victoria. 

As if that wasn’t rude enough, she also went on to say she doesn’t want to make friends or join a “sorority” with the girls, and was extremely condescending. “I’m literally so sick of you guys. I want to hang out with Matt,” she told them. Newsflash Victoria, everyone in the house wants to hang out with Matt

And because all of that still wasn’t enough, Victoria went on to stir the pot some more at the rose ceremony, telling Matt that Marylynn was bullying her. I really believe she just likes to start fights out of thin air. “Marylynn is psychologically disturbed. I’m going to be with Matt, and the rest of it is ridiculous. I am literally a queen,” she said. When will it end?!

Sadly, the most disturbing part about her behavior is that it’s not unlike anything we’ve seen before from Bachelor Nation. Every season has a villain, and Victoria is simply filling the role for this one.

While I know the producers want to make entertaining television, casting these toxic contestants every season makes me question whether they even want their lead to find love. None of these contestants ever make it to the end, so it’s obvious that their role there is to entertain and create drama. It’s also troubling to think that young women – and even kids – who watch this show see these contestants stick around far longer than they should, insinuating that it’s okay to treat other people the way they do. 

I love watching The Bachelor, but between the drama last season and now this one, I’m starting to get a bit annoyed at how produced it is. Granted, no reality shows are ever truly real, but the smoke and mirrors that Bachelor Nation producers are giving us lately are frustrating to watch.

So producers, if you’re reading this, please chill! We’re begging you.

Carli is a 2022 grad of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and served as the style section editor for Her Campus. After being a national style writer for Her Campus, she launched Her Campus FIT. A born and raised Jersey Girl, she is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. In her spare time she loves running, jamming to Taylor Swift, and tracking down the best burgers. Find her on Instagram @carliannescloset.
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