‘The Bachelorette’: Who’s Worse–Luke P. Or Chad Johnson?
Hannah Brown’s season villain, Luke Parker, and JoJo Fletcher’s season villain, Chad Johnson, have some striking similarities. Both are physically imposing, both are classically handsome, both are aggressive in behavior, both can’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
From the beginning of Hannah B.’s season, fans have been comparing Luke P. to Bad Chad. Yes, they are both villains, but very different in nature.
Chad Johnson: the in-your-face villain
Right off the bat, everyone watching JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette knew what they were dealing with with Chad.
“I always warn girls, stay away from the nice guys,” he said during episode two. “A lot of girls think I’m an a******. In the end, I’m actually nice. It’s the nice guys that are a*******. They have an agenda behind those eyes.”
Johnson ended up being exactly that: an a******. He was aggressive, dramatic, threatening–he was even escorted from the premises because of his unsavory behavior. He also didn’t play by the rules. Where other Bachelorette contestants are eager to please and play whatever games the producers ask of them, Chad wasn’t.
When the other men felt disappointment when they weren’t chosen to go on a date, Chad laughed. “You’ve gone a full life without seeing JoJo. You can’t wait a day?” He called out contestants for feigning love for JoJo during the early stages of filming: “You can’t be in love with her. If you are, that’s weird,” he said.
Ultimately, his brazenness is what sent him home. He was eliminated on a two-on-one after threatening to show up at another contestant’s house after the show ended.
Luke P.: the manipulator
Then there’s Luke P. Unlike Bad Chad, Luke P. has no problem playing the game. In fact, the game is where he thrives. When Hannah B.’s asked him to step outside the game and have a real conversation with her, he freezes up and doesn’t know what to say.
He’s made an art form out of telling her what she wants to hear, like with the hollow words of comfort he provided her the first night at the mansion after Hannah B. learned one of her contestants came on the show with a girlfriend, or the early, public declaration of love. Only recently Hannah B. has started to realize that something’s amiss (She wants to know if you like mac n cheese not that you’d die for her!).
Even more so than Chad, Luke P. seems to be triggering for a lot of viewers. Where most Bachelorette nights inspire funny memes and quick quips on Twitter, many fans have been taking the opportunity to share resources about how to recognize abuse in relationships.
Where Chad wore his villainy proudly, Luke P. is harder for Hannah B. to detect. She has to piece together Luke P.’s red flags all on her own, which is proving to be difficult for her when he’s also telling her everything she wants to hear from someone who could be her future husband.