We hate to see it, but it’s true: Bachelor Nation runs on villains. The baddies of each season make headline after headline until they’re finally knocked aside, bringing in more eyes than most people who are “there for the right reasons.” I still have a visceral reaction to hearing the name “Vienna Girardi” and it’s been nine years. But Luke P. was more than a villain: He was emotionally abusive, unstable, and potentially dangerous to those around him.
If all the lying, fist-clenching, and bologna-gate wasn’t enough proof to give The Bachelorette producers pause, his behavior during Fantasy Suite week should have been the final straw. It was for Hannah. There’s something empowering about watching a woman make decisions without letting outside (read: male) voices sway her, so I will give the producers the benefit of the doubt when it comes to keeping him around week after week. But the second he degraded Hannah the way he did that night, he should have been out of her life—and ours—for good.
It's honestly ugly and disgusting that The Bachelorette producers let Luke come back after Hannah kicked him off it's not romantic it's not cute or adorable it's disgusting and manipulative and he's fucking terrible.— Nicole (@ciaoNICOLE) July 23, 2019
shame on bachelorette producers for putting hannah through that experience, the luke p scenario is every girl’s worst nightmare of what happens if and when we say no— Jessica Ivetich (@jivetich) July 23, 2019
WHY DIDNT THE PRODUCERS ESCORT THIS MAN OUT THIS IS STALKING THIS IS DANGEROUS THIS IS ABUSIVE NOT CUTE #bachelorette— MarTa (@Mary_dipiet) July 23, 2019
Like honestly #TheBachelorette HOW HARD IS IT to be like, "Oh, this contestant is abusive, let's remove him from the show promptly and get back to it." Nope. Because ~drama~ is always going to win for these people, even when that drama is straight up abuse.— Rachel Charlene (@RachelCharleneL) July 23, 2019
The kicked-off-comeback is a signature move in Bachelor Nation, but there needs to be a line. When Hannah sent Luke packing originally, her body language was completely defensive. Her arms were hugged tight around her body. She didn’t want to make eye-contact. And still, he would not get in the fucking car. Any woman who has kicked a man out of her apartment recognizes this for what it is: fear. And this is a woman with an entire film crew surrounding her. What the hell makes it okay for the producers to let him into the rose ceremony? It’s not like anyone can just hang out on The Bachelorette set. “No” doesn’t really seem to mean “no” on this show.
Chris Harrison can berate Luke P. all he wants, but he and the producers are just as complicit in Hannah’s discomfort. She shouldn't have had to move the podium, and more importantly: she shouldn’t have had to see him at Men Tell All.
Every woman has known a Luke P, someone who doesn’t get polite hints, doesn’t understand rejection & has made them feel worried/unsafe. Giving this guy a number of chances to get in her face is the wrong move, esp without a message regarding domestic violence. #TheBachelorette— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) July 23, 2019
The #Bachelorette's decision to give Luke P. a platform, while understandable from a ratings standpoint, is truly fucked up. And while Hannah handled herself like a goddamn champion, she was just as emotionally manipulated by the show’s producers as she was by Luke P.— 𝕷𝖎𝖟 𝖂𝖍𝖆𝖙𝖘𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖋𝖆𝖈𝖊 (@LizWhatsherface) July 23, 2019
Luke can sit there and take a verbal beating from Chris, The Bachelorette men, and the audience all day long, and it still won’t make up for the way he gaslighted Hannah throughout this process. What’s worse than forcing Hannah to even see his face was making her listen to his bullsh*t apology. You know why she didn’t accept that he’d “learned” from watching the episodes? He was attacking her on Twitter just last week. And again after Men Tell All aired.
Who was this showdown for? It certainly wasn’t for Hannah, and as some have pointed out, it did nothing to help Luke, who clearly needs to work on himself. The only people who benefited were the folks at ABC. Hey, producers! It’s not Hannah who owes us an apology for Luke P. It’s you.
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