Tone deaf much? The first trailer for the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise aired last night during The Bachelorette and fans were not impressed.
The 30-second promo surprisingly chose to make light of the sexual misconduct scandal that temporarily halted production of Season 4 earlier this summer. Comparing the assault allegations to a severe thunderstorm, producers of the reality dating competition opted to focus on fans' misguided reactions rather than what caused the cancellation.
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"The sun almost set. Summer was almost ruined. Paradise was almost lost," an ominous voice can be heard saying over a montage of tweets from disappointed viewers. "Until it wasn't... Paradise is found." Cue the smiling contestants, bright sunny beaches, and upbeat music and you almost forget the scandal even happened.
Oh wait, you don't. We don't know what ABC was thinking, but fans definitely let the network know on social media how they felt about the insensitive trailer that didn't even mention the trauma inflicted on DeMario Jackson or Corinne Olympios.
"#BiP's trailer just confirms my theory that the show exploited a bad situation to boost ratings. Not f--king cool, Bach," one commenter wrote before another added, "They premiered the trailer for BIP.... BASURA," calling it the Spanish word for garbage.
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This shouldn't come as a shock to Bachelor Nation seeing as production quickly picked up from where it started once the investigation was over and all participants were cleared. In an interview, DeMario, 30, opened up about the experience and revealed how he lost 11 pounds due to stress.
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"It's been so challenging to be part of this situation, and there's 50 percent of this whole situation that I'm like, ‘Wait what?' There are so many ‘what ifs.' There are so many conspiracies," he told E! News. "This whole experience has been really humbling because you don't know the impact you make on people's lives until people put their life on hold for you."
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Following news of the sexual misconduct scandal, Corinne released a statement. "I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4," she said. "Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production."
She continued, "As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening."