Why The Way The ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Allegations Are Talked About Matters


On the latest episode of Bustle's Will You Accept This Podcast?, hosts Kelsea Stahler and Allison Piwowarski address the allegations that there was a sexual encounter during the filming of Bachelor In Paradise that was reportedly not consensual. What they make it clear is that while there's a lot fans still don't know about what happened that day, the allegations should not be ignored. Neither should the way people are talking about Bachelor In Paradise contestant Corinne Olympios.

Update: On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, Jackson released a statement about Olympios' allegations to E! News:

Update #2: On June 20, an ABC spokesperson provided the following statement to Bustle:

Warner Bros.' statement to Bustle read,

Update: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,

Earlier: After the news broke on Sunday that Bachelor In Paradise had suspended production for Season 4, Warner Bros. released a statement:

Rumors circulated that the alleged incident occurred between recent Bachelorette contestant DeMario Jackson and a female contestant, who was identified as Olympios in various reports. People later reported that Olympios was allegedly drunk and may not have been able to give consent. But the way people have been talking about Olympios on social media has been problematic in many cases, with some blaming her for the alleged incident. What's more troubling, as Allison notes on the podcast, is that there have been people who have gone as far to blame Olympios for ruining their summer (since the future of Bachelor In Paradise remains unclear). In her opinion, they're "completely missing the point."

"There are so many bigger things to worry about in this scenario than your Monday and Tuesday nights," she says, adding that no one should be "shaming and victim-blaming this person who is probably going through hell right now."

On Wednesday, a rep for Olympios sent the following statement regarding the Bachelor In Paradise allegations to Bustle on behalf of the former Bachelor contestant:

In a recent video from TMZ, Jackson is seen saying "no comment" in response to numerous questions about the alleged incident. When asked if he's upset about reports alleging that Olympios did not give consent, Jackson responded, "No, no. I'm all good."

Listen to the podcast above to hear more of what Kelsea and Allison have to say about the way people are talking about the BiP allegations, and why this conversation matters more than you may think.