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This is an excellent and thoughtful piece on the flaws of the series and its many permutations that populate primetime television, but the ‘I had no idea!’ declarations I have seen from many fans remind me of the reactions from a subset of MLB fans when the juiced balls and juiced players were confirmed publicly.

I’m sorry, but it required willful ignorance to fail to recognize that contestants are plied with alcohol and put in morally dicey situations for ratings. This is not an indictment of Bachelor fans, but a reminder that everyone has blindspots, and those blindspots sometimes even affect core beliefs.

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