The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Consent Conversation Is An Important First Step & Fans Want The Show To Keep It Up
Bachelor In Paradise 4 started its second episode with the charm of Evan and Carly’s wedding, but the show also had to address some very big issues, namely the alleged sexual misconduct that shut down the fourth season of the show earlier this summer. Chris Harrison and company made a statement and had a cast member discussion about the matter, and Twitter was very happy that Bachelor In Paradise brought consent to the forefront.
For those not up to date, after claims were made by a producer that alleged sexual misconduct occurred between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, production was temporarily shut down. DeMario repeatedly denied the accusations, and both Warner Bros. and Corinne's lawyers — who each conducted independent investigations — concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct. Corinne then released a statement saying she was satisfied with the outcome, and filming resumed.
In the second BiP episode, Chris Harrison started a conversation with the cast about the allegations, race, alcohol, and consent. Bachelor In Paradise especially — and correctly — stressed that consent was verbally saying yes before any sexual activity occurs. The show also highlighted that consent must continue throughout a physical encounter. As in: If you say yes, you can still say “no” later if you want to stop.
When was the last time you heard anything as serious and important as this discussed on a popular reality show like Bachelor In Paradise? Maybe never? It wasn’t lost on Twitter, as many users pointed out that this conversation was an important one to have.
Some Thought It Should Be Required Learning...
Chris Harrison's lecture on consent should be a required college course. 👏🏻 #BachelorinParadise— Sarah Hanlon (@SarahHanlon_) August 16, 2017
I learned more about consent from #BachelorInParadise tonight then all of my highschool sex Ed classes combined.— Chris Larson (@DJSharkTank) August 16, 2017
And Some Liked The Change From The Usual Topics
Who would guess the most meaningful discussions on TV re: racial stereotypes, sexual assault & consent would happen on #BachelorInParadise?— Ginger Dzerk (@gingerrox) August 16, 2017
So much respect right now for #BachelorInParadise. Glad they got serious & decided to have conversation about racism & sexual consent.— Summer Telban (@SummerTelban) August 16, 2017
It Even Inspired A Few Others To Share Their Stories
Kudo's to BIP for addressing sexual assault and consent. As a sexual assault victim advocate, the message is important! #BachelorInParadise— Carolyn Marye (@CarolynMarye) August 16, 2017
Raven's take was nuanced and sensitive to both race issues and consent, especially as a sexual assault survivor. #bachelorinparadise— One On Ones N' Roses (@on_roses) August 16, 2017
A Few Thought It Should Have Gone Further
#BachelorInParadise, thank you for stating that consent is something we should always be talking about and always be thinking about.— YWLN (@jwiYWLN) August 16, 2017
While not entirely sure is still wasn't a publicity stunt. I appreciate the race & consent talk on national television👏🏼#BachelorinParadise— Heather (@SnarkyBirds) August 16, 2017
Kinda sad that Chris Harrison has to give the #BachelorinParadise people the same consent talk that I give my grade 8 students every year.— Katt Hryciw (@KattHryciw) August 16, 2017
Chris H giving a lighthearted consent lecture is such a trash way to turn a serious problem into convenient publicity #BachelorInParadise— Mariah (@Nariah_Mariah) August 16, 2017
But, Overall, The Show Was Commended For The Talk
i'm glad they had a talk about consent, it is such an important topic! #BachelorInParadise— Menn DelChen (@mennchenxo22) August 16, 2017
Bachelor in Paradise talking about consent is so important #BachelorinParadise— Haley ✨ (@haley_rebecca_) August 16, 2017
Now, Bachelor In Paradise has opened the door to a new, more socially conscious way of television, and Twitter Bachelor fans hope it continues.