On each season of The Bachelor, droves of women unload from limos and strut over to the potential man of their dreams wearing extravagant evening gowns. Usually the ladies opt for a cheap one-liner or a unique gesture to grab his attention to secure a ticket to the next round.
On last night’s season premiere, one woman ditched the typical glitzy gown in favor of a less formal — and much stranger — getup. Alexis, an “aspiring dolphin trainer” from Secaucus, N.J., threw on a shark costume to woo this season’s controversial bachelor, Nick Viall.
Perhaps even stranger than the fact that she wore the animal outfit to the first cocktail party of the season was the fact that she described it as a dolphin costume.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the reality show’s host, Chris Harrison, described the moment he broke the news to Alexis that she was not, in fact, wearing a dolphin costume.
“The only problem with the dolphin girl is if you look closely, she was wearing a shark costume,” Harrison said. “She just didn’t know that it was a shark costume. She thought it was a dolphin costume, and I had to explain to her how the fins are clearly different and a dolphin fin is curved and a shark fin is straight. I said, ‘You have a shark costume on,’ and she was like, ‘No, but I love dolphins.’”
During a conversation with Viall, he asked her, “You know this is a shark right? Do we need to, like, go through aquatics? This is not a dolphin.” “No, it’s a dolphin,” Alexis replied.
Many viewers noticed that the costume closely resembled Left Shark, the shark costume pop star Katy Perry wore during her performance at during halftime at the Super Bowl in 2015.
— Eric Ritvo (@TheRitvo) January 3, 2017
But let's talk about the girl who thought she was a dolphin when clearly she was the left shark from Katy Perry's super bowl performance
— Heather. (@strickler_h) January 3, 2017
How does the dolphin girl not understand it's the shark suit from the Katy Perry performance
— Blayne Miles (@blaynesmiles) January 3, 2017
The absurdity and ridiculousness of the controversy is to be expected considering it’s The Bachelor. Her costume (whatever it was), in an attempt to woo the newest Bachelor, ignited a social media firestorm, with many users loving the costume and some questioning how she could mistake it for a dolphin.
— Omri (@Omri_Rawrlan) January 3, 2017
When the girl in the "dolphin" costume came out of the limo I literally thought it was left shark #thebachelor
— Bellarke Lives (@dorkshired) January 3, 2017