Last night’s premiere was exactly the same as all premieres of this show. Some guys swung it out of the park (Jordan, Luke), others crashed and burned (drunk Daniel), and we didn’t get to see enough of the rest of the guys to form any real judgments. Except for their entrances, which were just as cheesy as always. I liked Jordan’s for his honesty and ease, and Robby for the joke about JoJo’s mom chugging wine out of a bottle.
Classic hometown moment.
But recaps are kind of boring. This show is already two hours long and I’m not sure the world needs more content on what happened during a two hour show, every week. Even if I wouldn’t mind ripping Jake Pavelka a new one. Anyone remember this interview?
Jake Pavelka is the stuff of nightmares.
So instead of breaking it down one guy at a time, let’s focus on the woman of the hour – JoJo! JoJo is seriously made for this job. She’s gorgeous, confident, has a good sense of humor, and, based on last night, can roll with the punches. Also, she gives us gems like this:
I agree. True friendship.
JoJo is actually so good that she seems to be making the men extra nervous. Remember last year when Kaitlyn was so nervous she said she thought she might vomit? JoJo, on the contrary, is cool as a cucumber and is making butt observations off the bat. That confidence, coupled with her looks, seems to be pushing these men over the edge. JoJo feels like she deserves this role, and it’s putting these guys off their game.
Remember poor, sweet Peter? He didn’t even have a chance to get his heart broken. By the snippet of airtime he received last night, he barely managed to get a sentence out!
We’ll miss you, Peter!
Others seem to be overcompensating. Take Chad.
Whatever you have to tell yourself.
And of course, some just got blackout drunk.
At least that gives Daniel an excuse for this:
Daniel needs to look for a dayjob.
Listen, night one is always filled with antics, but when faced with a confident beautiful woman, these men basically imploded. Let’s compare this with last year’s premiere. For those who don’t remember, ABC decided to pit Kaitlyn against Britt and let the men pick who they wanted as bachelorette. Not surprisingly, the men entered the evening feeling empowered and pretty much forgetting that they were the ones on the chopping block until Britt got sent home.
One of the upshots of The Bachelorette as opposed to The Bachelor is that we get to “switch” the gender roles and put a woman in the place of “power.”* But it’s been awhile since we’ve seen a bachelorette who unabashedly embraces this power. Kaitlyn had to be picked by the guys before she could continue on her journey. Andi had the confidence, but was a bit too self-aware for the role. Desiree did not command the screen, and was almost left heartbroken by a guy who left right before the finale. Emily was a boss, but was portrayed as the sweet, Southern mom. And Ashley spent the first half of her season battling the insecurity that all the guys wished the bachelorette had been Emily instead.
JoJo suffers from none of these drawbacks. She’s young, she’s hot, and she is used to getting the attention she commands. I look forward to a season of her handling all these crazy men with grace and wit. You go JoJo!
*Deconstruction of this show and the ways it plays into heteronormativity despite this switch forthcoming, promise.