Turning tables on sexism?
THE Bachelor has driven plenty of conversations during its three seasons on air and one that has consistently arisen is the accusation the show is sexist.
It’s not hard to see why. One man is placed in charge of calling all the shots as 19-odd single women put themselves through various levels of humiliation to gain his attention and that allimportant rose.
But with the inaugural Bachelorette, the team at TDT hope to change the conversation.
“I think it re-addresses the balance,” says executive producer Stephen Tate of the decision to put jilted season two “winner” Sam Frost in charge.
Frost (below) hits screens this week, ready to go through the hard dating yards to work out which of the 14 men assembled for her could be “the one”. And Tate says we should strap ourselves in for an entertaining ride.
“I think there’s a chance it will be just as strong, if not stronger, than The Bachelor,” he predicts.
He also believes the show will find a whole new viewership.
“I think guys will feel they’ve got permission to view The Bachelorette because they’re actually watching the mating rituals of their peers,” he says.
“I think male viewers will feel that this show is for them too.”