OMG — Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 is Back On! But There’s Still Drama…
**If you're just tuning into the BiP Drama: Click Here for Part 1 & then Here for Part 2 before reading on**
According to a recent announcement from Warner Bros., season four is set to resume production since “[their] internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed.” Apparently, they ~reviewed the tapes~ (as DeMario Jackson has basically been begging for since all of this drama started) and found “the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
It looks like this whole controversy has been a first in a lot of ways — not only because it was the first time a legal situation involving consent, alcohol, and hookups on reality TV has come to light — but because Reality Steve was wrong. He reported soon after reports of misconduct went viral that Season four of Bachelor in Paradise was officially canceled. Apparently, the cast members from this season thought it was since that's who he got his information from. Guess we've got fan-favorites like Raven Gates and Amanda Stanton flying back to Mexico “Paradise” to find love!
While we can all rejoice that our favorite summer guilty pleasure is coming back into our lives, it's important to take this information with a grain of salt. Corinne Olympios has declared herself “a victim” and despite ABC failing to find any evidence of misconduct, it's possible that she is still traumatized from the encounter and her lack of memories from that evening. Sure, she was the villain of Nick Viall‘s season, but let's not start branding her a “liar” and “attention whore” simply because Warner Bros. has exonerated DeMario and stated the season is moving forward. Not only could that response be harmful to other victims of sexual assault but also education about consent is still a work-in-progress, as are laws to respond to these somewhat gray-area situations. According to Warner Bros., no laws were broken and I think we can agree that DeMario's actions were not malicious in the slightest — but there is still a woman who feels taken advantage of and manipulated by the production team, and no matter what you think about her personality, that still matters.
The whole situation is exceedingly complicated as Raven and other past contestants have called out the incident as an example of racism in our society. She recently tweeted to a fan who accused her of “contributing to a culture that makes it nearly impossible to convict rapists” by saying, “You're contributing to the culture of accusing African-American men of a crime they didn't commit.” She continued, “[Corinne]'s been on e news smearing a man's name and producers that love her.”
What does this mean for season four?
Thank you for your patience, trust and loyalty #BachelorNation and to our entire Bachelor family
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) June 20, 2017
Well, folks, this certainly will be the ~most dramatic season yet~ of Bachelor in Paradise, as we can all feel fairly confident that this whole debacle will be documented extensively on the show itself. It's also probable that this will be the most viewed season yet, considering all the controversy and news reports surrounding it. Bachelor Nation grows a little larger, it seems, which will only support conspiracy theories that the whole thing was scripted by ABC to pull in audiences. Like, that's obviously ridiculous… right? Another question we're all probably thinking is, “Will Corinne and DeMario return?!” Doubtful, but who knows.
We're sure this isn't the last we'll hear about Bachelor in Paradise Season four, Corinne or DeMario. Hopefully, it's not the last we hear about consent when it comes to reality TV producers encouraging overdrinking among cast members as this is a conversation that needs to be happening and in fact, is long overdue.