Love on the Small Screen

The ABC reality series “The Bachelor” is one of my guilty pleasures.

Jake Pavelka, this season’s 32-year old pilot from Denton, TX, is looking for his true love on the popular reality dating show that gives 25 women a chance at love. However, it disgusts to me witness the motives of some of the women that participate in the show who claim to be looking for “love.”

A few episodes ago, one of the women, Rozlyn Papa, the model/make-up artist from Richmond, VA, was let go as a contestant from the show after it was learned that she had an “inappropriate” relationship with one of the show’s producers.

When interviewed on “The Insider,” Papa denied any inappropriate relations with the producer. However, she did not deny she spent time with him.

I wonder if some of these women go on the show to get their precious 15 minutes or, more likely, seconds of fame. Whatever their motivations, I do get a kick out of some of the drama and scandals that take place on the show practically every season.

Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I could not imagine myself fighting over a guy and living in a house with 24 other women. There is simply no way I could do that.

Personally, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable telling a guy about myself with a camera crew recording our every word and move. It could be that I prefer at least a small amount of privacy.

I’m certain I wouldn’t enjoy my “competition” trashing me and then having to later watch some edited version of what was said.

It could be that I find it somehow superficial and impractical to expect to find love on a dating reality show. Not too many of the couples end up living “happily ever after.” Not too surprising as their “relationship” is aired on national television for America to witness.

Certainly, there are some success stories that resulted from the show. Take into consideration Trista (the first “Bachelorette”) and Ryan Sutter, who are married and have two kids. Not to mention last season’s now engaged Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, who are set to be married on March 8 and will air their wedding on ABC.

So, maybe it’s not all bad, but becoming a contestant on a reality show, a dating reality show for that matter, is not my cup of tea.

I’m content watching the “love” scenes, the trash talk and the drama on my television screen. It’s that simple.