Fans of The Bachelor Australia have lashed out after Tenille Favios fled the cocktail party in tears on Wednesday night’s episode.
Viewers have slammed Channel 10 for allowing ‘disgusting’, ‘foul’ and ‘horrendous’ behaviour to continue, after producers failed to step in to stop outright bullying taking place at the cocktail party.
This season’s ‘mean girl’ Romy Poulier, and her ‘villain’ sidekicks Cat Henesy and Alisha Aitken-Radburn, decided to target Tenille after she received a rose and shared a kiss with Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins on their single date earlier that day.
“Tenille, were you saying it was gross kissing Nick,” Romy asked, clearly wanting to start something.
And while Tenille did keep her cool at first, Romy’s taunts kept coming until Tenille stormed out of the cocktail party, ripping her mic pack off, and running away in tears trying to avoid the cameras.
A producer ended up chasing Tenille into the dark, shouting “Tenille stop, it’s dangerous” and “just talk to me babe, what’s going on”.
But Twitter quickly exploded with outraged fans saying the producers of the show have been ‘complicit in bullying’.
The producers have such a platform to empower women rather than validate this horrible behaviour to tear each other down. Romy is a disgusting human & channel 10 should be ashamed. #TheBachelorAU
— Hugo Girl Boss 👊 (@Mazzy_73) September 5, 2018
The producers are complicit in bullying.
They know exactly what's going on and they haven't intervened
This is an unsafe workplace and Romy is a psychopath #TheBachelorAU
— Dame Kittness (@SoftKittyWarm) September 5, 2018
Many were upset that Romy and her ‘evil’ trio were given so much screen time, and continuously allowed to put other contestants down.
“Watching a group of women continuously bag everyone out is not entertaining,” one person wrote.
Cat and Romy do not deserve the screen time given to them. Women who body shame and bully other women should be called out, not promoted#TheBachelorAU
— Steph Andrews (@sometimeseasame) September 5, 2018
— Mackenzie Ravn (@mackenzieravn) September 5, 2018
The bullying on this season is appalling and it needs to be stopped. Why is this behaviour being rewarded? I'm so disappointed #theBachelorAu
— Susie Jones (@soozasaurus_rex) September 5, 2018
I’m not watching this anymore because I don’t condone bullying #TheBachelorAU
— Daphne (@wishihadmoney_) September 5, 2018
The bachelor is really trying to empower bullies ay? Giving them so much screen time. Very unhealthy for young women to be following. #TheBachelorAU
— ZEEKIEL (@joohhd) September 5, 2018
A handful of viewers claimed they had filed formal complaints to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the Daily Mail reports.
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