‘The Bachelorette’: The Weird Connection Between Villains and Eating on Camera

Let’s focus on the real MVP of last night’s episode of The Bachelorette, bologna. This week, the show focused a strange amount of time on the lunch meat. There were bologna references, bologna puns, and even bologna face masks.

Though the best part of the episode was arguably when Garrett Powell put bologna around his eyes a la Dwight Schrute, there was another bologna moment that just can’t be forgotten. Luke Parker shoving handfuls of the stuff down his mouth. Honestly, it was a little disturbing to watch.

Now, you might wonder why we would even bring up something as simple as someone eating, but there is actually a weird correlation between villains and eating on camera.

Contestants don’t usually eat on camera

As any Bachelorette fan knows, contestants and the leads aren’t really allowed to eat on camera. They sit on dates with delicious food laid out in front of them but never touch it or even really look at it.

“The food on dates is usually good, but the catch is that you aren’t supposed to eat it!” former Bachelor contestant Jaclyn Swartz, once told Refinery 29. ” “No one wants to watch people stuffing their face on a date. If you’re eating, you aren’t talking. Instead, we eat before the dates, as we are getting ready. The producers will bring room service to your room, or a plate of food to where you’re getting ready in the house.”

So, when producers show someone eating on camera, it has to be for a reason. And one of those reasons may be to indicate their villain status.

What other villains have eaten in the past?

Remember Chad Johnson from Jojo Fletcher’s season? It seemed like the man lived on meat. He was always stuffing it into his mouth any chance that he got.

When Josh Murray went on Bachelor in Paradise, he was always, and we do mean always, eating pizza. And sweating.

So, what’s the deal. Is production doing this on purpose?

Is production making villains eat more?

Production always has food around for the contestants to eat.

“There is plenty of time to eat (and plenty of choices) while not on camera,” the show’s executive producer Bennett Graebner told Entertainment Tonight. “If we didn’t have a seemingly endless supply of chicken breasts and eggs at the ready, the guys on The Bachelorette would likely riot and the show would promptly end.”

But some contestants aren’t as bold about eating on camera.

“While there is indeed footage of most or all participants eating, some simply eat more on camera than others.”

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And it may just be that villains have similar personality traits that lend them to not caring about eating on camera.

“It’s hard to say why some eat voraciously on camera while others appear to sneak away to a dark corner to indulge in their Keto-friendly lifestyle,” Graebner continued. “Maybe the on-camera foodies simply don’t care what other people think. If so, kudos to them. Or maybe being charismatic on TV — and it’s hard to deny the overt charisma of those on this list — simply requires additional calories.”