‘The Bachelor’: Fans Drag Tyler Cameron for Calling out Kelley for ‘Shaming’ Other Women
Tyler Cameron’s days competing for love on reality TV may be over but his social media presence is on fire. The former Bachelor contestant has major opinions about this season’s crop of women competing for Peter Weber’s heart and he’s not afraid to say it. Here’s how fans reacted to Tyler’s call-out of Kelley Flanagan went over (hint: not well).
[Warning: Spoilers from the Feb. 10 episode of The Bachelor ahead]
Tyler Cameron called Kelley out on ‘The Bachelor’
Of all of Hannah Brown’s contestant’s from her season of The Bachelorette, Tyler Cameron seemed to be one of the few unafraid to stand up for what’s right or speak his mind when things felt off.
In this week’s episode of Weber’s romance adventure, he took part in the old three-on-one date with Kelley, Victoria Fuller, and Hannah Anne Sluss to figure out who he’d rather keep around.
Kelley commented that the other girls aren’t mature enough and don’t have “distinguished” careers.
“I mean, look at me, I’m an attorney. The other girls? What are they?” she could be heard saying in the episode. Victoria F. is a medical sales representative, works part-time in a yoga studio, and has modeled. Hannah Anne also models.
“The four that are left are, like, little babies. I don’t really know who they are. Are you a child or an adult?” Kelley said after she was eliminated. Many weren’t thrilled to see the no-nonsense contestant go home, which is why Tyler’s tweet burned that much more.
“How dare you job shame those girls Kelly… I didn’t have a job when I came on the show!! #FuriousGeorge” Tyler tweeted in response to the episode.
Tyler, a contractor, and model from Jupiter, Florida, defended himself in a later tweet as the backlash sprang into action.
“From what I’ve seen and heard I think Kelley is a bad ass, but for those saying she’s right about calling the others girls out because they don’t have an elevated job are wrong. We all are on different journeys and time tables of success, who are we to judge others journey,” he added.
Fans responded swiftly in Kelley’s defense
Though some agreed that contestants shouldn’t receive criticism based on their career choices — such as Victoria F.’s questionable campaign — many more sided with Kelley and actually blamed the producers for “splicing” Kelley’s words.
“First time I am going to completely disagree with you…that is so edited and shame on the producers for doing Kelley like that,” this fan tweeted in response.
“Hahahahaha dude it was obviously cut and edited to make it seem like she said that. You were LITERALLY on the bachelorette and saw how they manipulate first hand. So sad to see. Damn these men really HATE to see a strong woman and coddle the weak,” this fan said.
“Kelley got the villain edit last night. A very poorly produced villain edit,” another added. “Dude, that was the most edited sound bite I’ve ever heard. If you don’t see the words leaving her face, you can’t believe she said it. You were on the show, you should know better than to fall for it!!” another viewer echoed.
The general consensus seems to be that Tyler should take a breath before tweeting in agreement or against something that’s happened on the show.
Even for those who don’t consider what he said as “shaming,” expectations are set high since Tyler knows what it’s like to be on the show and to have his experience edited to fit the producers’ narrative.
Cameron clapped back with another tweet that riled up fans all over again
Even with the fast and furious responses, Tyler didn’t exactly back down.
“Kelly is fresh though with white and velvet jacket,” Tyler tweeted.
After another fan pointed out that Tyler should be slower to respond, he chimed in again, almost digging a new hole to get dragged into.
“I’m not worried about that at all. It’s a learning lesson and should be talked about,” he said.
Former bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, as well as Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima, also pointed out the questionable soundbite from Kelley saying it sounded “unKelley like.”
Regardless of whether Tyler intended on alienating Kelley for something that may or may not have been the producers’ crafty editing, fans are still pro-Kelley, even encouraging Tyler to ask her out. We’ll have to wait and see how this one play’s out, likely in real-time (thank you, social media).