Opinion: Same-sex relationships in ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ should not be scandalous

We’re living in 2018, people.

By Katie Stow

In case you haven't been bombarded with pre-Bachelor in Paradise hype, let me get you up to scratch. After the Yanks have been doing it for yonks, the spin-off series Bachelor in Paradise is finally making its way to Australian screens. The whole thing involves dumping a load of ex-Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants on a tropical island in Fiji to give them a chance to hook up, break up and fall in love with each other.

The show is essentially a love child of The Bachelor, Ex On The Beach and Survivor, but rather than the contestants having to hunt for food, they are pumped with booze and simply have to survive being in each other's company. Now that may seem like smooth sailing to you, but when you see the mixed bag of 'big personalities' that they are shipping to the island, you can imagine that there will be a hell of a lot of drama in paradise.

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Promotions for the show are already underway, as the series is set to air on March 25, 2018, and in some of the previews for Bachelor in Paradise we have been given some hints as to who is hooking up with who. That was to be expected in a show of this nature, but when it was indicated that two of the female contestants were hooking up, people lost their shit.

Cue a flurry of 'HOLY FUCK, STEAMY LESBIAN HOOK UP' and 'OMG TWO CHICKS KISS ON NATIONAL TV AND WE JUST CAN'T' headlines splattered across Australian screens.

Sorry, did someone forget to remind the world that it is 2018 and we are not living in the sodding stone ages anymore?!

Yes, Megan Marx (ex-Bachelor contestant who went on to have a relationship with another female ex-Bachelor contestant from the same season) and Elora Mulger (an ex-Bachelor contestant who, as far as we know, has not had a same-sex relationship, but who gives a fuck?!) hook up on the show.

Whether it was just a one-time thing or it's a forever relationship, happily ever after deal, doesn't really matter, but the fact that the country is collectively losing its shit, does.

I know that same-sex relationships are not represented well enough in entertainment, with TV shows and movies often employing a 'token gay' to keep things PC, but that doesn't mean that we have to freak out when we see a ~real~ lesbian relationship played out on reality TV.

Same-sex relationships are normal, and they happen every single day, so frankly I'm glad that a show like Bachelor in Paradise, which I'm sure will have some knockout ratings, is airing the relationship between Megan and Elora. I can only hope that it isn't heavily edited, produced and hyped for drama's sake — but I suppose that happens to all Bachelor relationships, so maybe that's a warped reality TV version of #equality?

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