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This week, we've seen the premiere of one of our favourite television shows, The Bachelor Australia. Along with the rest of nation, we've gasped with horror, laughed, and just blatantly criticised some of these contestants to our friends as we've nestled in for the night to watch the show, a guilty pleasure.
Everyone has their own opinion - we're writing our own recaps in our cool, quirky way - but the one thing we're NOT doing and REFUSE to do is SHAME these girls, based on things they've done in the past.
In the last 24 hours, a particular news publication has released personal photographs and videos of two Bachelor Australia contestants, Leah and Simone.
In these videos, the girls appear to be topless waitresses, and entertaining men at various parties. The question we're asking, is why? Why are these videos relevant? Why is their past so important to write big, glaring editorials with headlines like 'Topless Bachie Leah Whips Man At Bucks'? The way Leah acts on the show is a different story. If she says something quite mean, then people on social media will call her mean, they are entitled to their opinion. But now, Australia are seeing things from these girls' past - so what is everyone going to think?
This isn't the first time this particular news publication has done this. They famously have followed Bachelor contestants around in previous seasons, and even spoiled the finale when Sam Frost was The Bachelorette, displaying images captured at her hotel with Sasha, hours before the premiere.
The media should really stop shaming not just Bachelor contestants, but all reality contestants about their past. They're in it for the clicks - and people will click because curiosity will always get the better of us - but it's a shame, because the content just shames women.
We're not about it.