JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette may have just begun, but the show has already crowned its villain: Chad Johnson. Even after only two episodes, it's clear that the show's editing is definitely making him out to seem like the worst... and to be honest, it's not just editing. Some of the things he says himself are completely off the wall, like when he told Fletcher she was nagging him in the middle of his fake proposal during a group date. But what if Johnson wasn't really a bad guy, just a kind of obnoxious one? More and more, I'm starting to feel like that's the case. According to Mashable, Chad Johnson has reserved several domain names, and they all redirect to his Instagram. Is that amazing or what? Update: Johnson has commented on the domain names again, writing on Twitter, "Buying other contestants domain names? That's a bold move cotton let's see if it pays off:joy: #chadageddon."
Earlier: Of course, it has yet to be determined if the guy who bought these domain names is actually Johnson, but it makes a lot of sense that it would be him. Most of the domain names are references to his season of The Bachelorette, and as Mashable discovered, the names are registered to a guy named Brian Johnson whose email address happens to be email@example.com and who happens to be from Tulsa, just like Johnson. It doesn't take Nancy Drew (or Chris Harrison) to figure out what's going on here.
Plus, there is the fact that he responded to someone from Mashable, and that pretty much says all I needed to hear. Case closed, as far as I'm concerned:
So what names has he registered? A bunch of them are his fellow contestants' names, like RobbyHayes.com and DerekPeth.com. He's even registered Joelle-Fletcher.com, and some location-specific porn site names. Oh, and then there's my personal favorite: The Chadelator.com. Is it just me, or is this the most Chad thing you've ever heard in your entire life? I think so.
And aside from the fact that this guy clearly has too much time on his hands, this discovery also tells us something else important: He's actually pretty hilarious. Come on, how funny is it that he's buying up every domain name the other contestants might want to use in the future and making them go directly to his Instagram when you click the links? OK, it's annoying for these guys if they really did want to create their own sites with these domains, but for now? Pure comedy.
It's because of this — and because of the way Johnson has chosen to respond to his haters on Twitter — that I'm starting to believe he's not actually a bad guy. He definitely knows what he's doing, and his image on the show has been carefully curated. I don't think he's truly a douchebag (not yet, anyway). I think he just likes trolling the other guys and America in the process, and if you just give into it, it'll probably make you laugh. He's getting the attention and screen time he wants, and those of us at home get to laugh at his hijinks. And really, that's all I want out of a show like The Bachelorette anyway.
I know, I know. After seeing him on The Bachelorette, I wanted to hate him too. But I'm willing to reserve judgment before deciding that he's absolutely this season's villain. Who knows? He could be ABC's best casting decision ever.
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