‘The Bachelorette’: Were the Guys Disappointed in This One Thing Hannah B Did?
Hannah Brown is no stranger to negative feedback. From the moment that she was announced as the Bachelorette, it’s been pretty much all that has come her way. Very few people had faith that she could do the job or would make the right decisions.
Even host Chris Harrison thought that choosing her might have been a mistake.
“Whoever was skeptical after the After the Final Rose special and was scared: I was in that boat,” he recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was scared to death! I left that special thinking, ‘Oh, dear Lord, did we just make a huge mistake?'”
But the people who everyone would expect to have some faith in Brown are her contestants. In theory, the men fighting for her heart should support her and her decisions, but promotions for the rest of the season have shown otherwise.
How Brown’s season differs from others
Right off the bat, it’s clear that Brown’s season is different from past Bachelorette’s. For some reason, sexuality has taken a front seat on the Alabama native’s journey.
“Like we saw in Colton’s season, the topic of sexuality and physicality is addressed head-on,” Rob Mills, ABC’s reality chief, told Variety in an interview. “Certainly, we brought it up on Andi’s [Dorfman] season where Nick [Viall] said that they had made love on the fantasy suite. It kicked down a door that yes, physical relationships are part of this show. It’s just a part of the show.”
“I think you’ll see that Hannah is very physically affectionate — that doesn’t mean sex necessary — but she believes that physical chemistry is part of it. You’ll see, even just with her kissing, it’s very sensual, which is great because she’s forming these connections with these guys.”
In episode two alone, Brown was caught in a room with Luke Parker with his shirt off by another contestant, which is a bit more risque than fans are probably used to.
Were the men upset by Brown’s sexuality?
In a promo for the rest of the season, Brown is seen defending herself for having sex.
“I believe that sex was made for a man and a woman in marriage,” she said on the promo. “But I am having physical relationships. And honestly like, I have had sex, and Jesus still loves me. How dare I be judged by a man?”
She continued, calling out whoever had tried to reprimand her.
“I don’t owe you anything at this point,” she finished.
So were the guys upset that Brown was more sexual than they probably thought?
“She’s a southern girl and I think maybe some guys had preconceived notions and thought she would be what they would see in their mind as ‘proper’ or someone who shouldn’t have a physical relationship unless it’s just with them or the person she’s marrying, and she basically says no — she says it perfectly: ‘I had sex and Jesus still loves me,'” Mills continued. “Being a strong independent woman, she basically says that no matter who she marries, her husband is going to accept that, or else he’s not going to be her husband.”