There Wasn’t A Gay Hookup On “The Bachelorette”

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I can’t watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Like, I am all for garbage reality TV with little redeeming social and artistic value but ABC’s ventures into the drudgery of straight relationships are too hetero-normative for my tastes. And also … just basic as hell?

For a second it looked like 2 dudes on this season of The Bachelorette were less interested in the eponymous quotidian thirsty waif and were more interested in each other. While little information could be gleaned from the trailer (they had already pejoratively nicknamed the episode “Brokeback Bachelor”), it looks like the two prospective heteros were hinting at a potential gay affair. Here’s the promo for the episode (sorry for the autoplay):

Of course, many were right to question the queer-bating strategy, either calling the event totally scripted or completely overblown. Turns out the producers played up the possible hookup for publicity. From TMZ:

We’re told Clint and JJ did have a bromance while trying to woo Kaitlyn Bristowe, but “nothing gay ever happened” … not even in the shower … as Clint mentions in the promo for next week’s episode.

Our sources say both guys are in on the whole ’Brokeback’ thing and ’just think it’s funny.’ They even gave producers soundbites to run with. Of course, they’ve also been getting a ton of attention on social media, and they love it. We’re told they ’think of funny things to write back to people on Twitter.’

But what would this reality romp through straight society be without a little casual homophobia thrown in? Of course one of the men involved in this fake scandal had to tweet some tasteless jokes after the story broke:

Yikes.

h/t: Queerty

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