"Brokeback Bachelorette" Promo Disappoints on So Many Levels

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if one of the male contestants on The Bachelorette turned out to be gay? Or even better, what if two of them were gay and they ran off together! HA!

That seems to be the junior high school-level thinking behind a prank played by the show’s producers, who want you to believe these two dudes grew “very close in the shower” (their words) and spontaneous gay-bustion occurred.

J.J. and Clint—two immaculately groomed, physically fit, reality TV obsessed men. It’s almost funnier if they turn out to be straight.

J.J. and Clint—two immaculately groomed, physically fit, reality TV obsessed men. It’s almost funnier if they turn out to be straight.

“Brokeback Bachelor” declares the promo! Because the idea that someone might be gay is, in and of itself, a punchline, right? And using the word Brokeback only makes it more hysterical. But no, it’s just a lame/bigoted bait-and-switch prank to get you to watch. If only they were lampooning the idea that a shower could turn two straight men gay, they might actually have a joke on their hands. But they’re not mocking homophobia here; they’re counting on it to make you point and laugh at the “gay” dudes.

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