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Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 8, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Reality TV

Sanctity of marriage relying on 6 weeks of “The Bachelor”

ABC’s “The Bachelor” continues to feed a hungry American society.

While browsing The Times’ entertainment section, few other topics could be found besides multiple articles concerning “The Bachelor’s” finale and the “truly juicy” post-finale-rose interview that recently aired.

In reporter Nicole Tsong’s article “.’The Bachelor’ says ‘I do.’ And then: ‘I don’t’.” [Entertainment, March 2], she boldly asks if viewers can buy the romance of “The Bachelor” anymore. May I ask, what romance? This show has finally outdone itself for the faithful viewers that tuned in on Monday nights.

Romance and love have a mixed meaning in American culture. “The Bachelor” has allowed the sanctity of marriage and falling in love to rely on a six-week reality-TV show that has only ended happily for one of the thirteen male contestants from last season’s “The Bachelorette” and the woman he proposed to.

Has society really fallen into this junk we call reality TV?

The episodes’ events consume our local-nightly news, newspapers and radio announcements. Who cares enough to hear and see it everywhere we turn?

This season finale has made the bachelor and the women who participated look foolish, and what’s even worse is that we, as a society, now look dumb for watching and supporting it.

— Arianne Judy, Seattle

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