Becca Tilley & JoJo Fletcher Open Up About Bachelor Sexual Assault Claims
Between last summer’s edition of Bachelor in Paradise and this year’s season of The Bachelorette, the Bachelor franchise has been dealing with a lot of scandals and controversies lately, especially where sexual assault is concerned. While Becca Kufrin‘s season was airing, fans discovered that contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault, according to People, and most recently, Leo Dottavio was accused of sexual harassment. And now, in an interview with Fox News, former contestants Becca Tilley and JoJo Fletcher are opening up about the negative news that has been coming out of Bachelor Nation lately.
One of the biggest criticisms of the franchise since these controversies have come to light is the fact that obviously, ABC isn’t screening these contestants well enough before casting them on the shows. And according to JoJo, who was once the Bachelorette, that’s pretty surprising considering how deep the network dug before they cast her.
“I was shocked to hear about somebody slipping through the cracks like that because when I went through it, at least, they found out everything about my life,” she told the site. “Whether it was before I went on the show, during the show, getting in touch with my ex, I mean, they have ways of finding out about everything about your past. So I feel like it was very odd, and unfortunate, and disappointing that that wasn’t addressed with somebody on this season.”
Is she talking about Lincoln, Leo, or even Garrett Yrigoyen and his offensive Instagram likes? There’s no way of knowing — that‘s how twisted this has all become. Not only has it made a lot of fans feel pretty uncomfortable while watching this show that is usually a bright spot on our Monday nights, but some have even opted to stop watching the show based on its history of choosing problematic contestants. It’s also pretty unfair that these guys were in the pool of contestants ABC presented to Becca, especially after what she’s been through with Arie Luyendyk Jr. on The Bachelor earlier this year.
In the interview, Becca Tilley also added that she agrees with the idea that the Bachelor franchise is getting racier… and there can be a positive spin to it, as long as viewers are being critical while they’re watching.
“I do think there is a way to be like, ‘Oh, let’s not act like this,’ or ‘if a guy treats you like this or does this, that’s not right,’” Becca said. “So I guess if you make it into that type of thing then yeah, The Bachelor is a lesson.” She clarified, “a lesson of what not to do.”
Yeah, we’d say we’ve learned a lot of lessons this season… and we’re really hoping that this franchise can redeem itself when Bachelor in Paradise kicks off on Tuesday night. With the return of wholesome, beloved contestants like Wells Adams (as the bartender, but still) and Grocery Store Joe Amabile, there’s definitely hope for better episodes ahead.