Well, that escalated quick, didn't it Bachelor Nation? Although we may have been unsure whether Jordan Rodgers would earn villain status on The Bachelorette Season 12 after the premiere episode, it seems week two has established Chad Johnson as the actual villain, leaving very little room for doubt. But, Chad is leaning into the role of villain while on the show, shoving meat into his mouth and laughing at his fellow contestants (that's like Disney villain 101). Chad is even playing the Bachelorette villain on social media, extending his persona from the show to the Internet. Of course, you could say Chad's methods are working, since Chad and his social media presence were the topic of conversation on this week's installment of Bustle's Bachelor podcast.
On this episode of Will You Accept This Podcast?, Romper TV Editor Allison Piwowarski and Bustle Entertainment Editor Kelsea Stahler discuss whether or not Chad has been crowned the official villain of The Bachelorette Season 12 (spoilers: He has). Really, Chad's behavior in week two is pretty textbook bad guy: He separates himself from most of the house (with the exception of his protein shake-powered chat with Damn Daniel), he antagonizes the other contestants; he even makes some off color comments to JoJo. Is there any doubt that Chad's the villain?
However, what's most interesting about Chad's case is that he's continuing to play the villain role now that the show is over — unless this is just who he is as a person, of course. His Twitter is filled with snarky commentary about the episode and quite a bit of side-eyeing his fellow contestants.
Plus, on Instagram, Chad has posted some Bachelorette-related memes, jokes, and even came up with his own hashtag: #TheChadelor. (I'm so glad I'm not making this up and it's an actual real thing.)
Sure, many Bachelor and Bachelorette fans may love to hate the villain on each season, but viewers can't deny the villain usually makes a season so much more interesting. When it comes to Chad, he's not only taking villainy to the next level on the show — we've been promised "a double dose of Chad" in week three, which can only mean insanity — he's also taking it to the Internet. Does that mean Chad will go down in Bachelor franchise history as one of the best villains ever? It's a bit too early to tell, but between the meat, the suitcase full of protein powder being used as a free weight, and his social media presence, Chad certainly has potential to be one of the most memorable villains in recent memory.
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