Lifestyle

Is it time for a gay version of 'The Bachelor Australia'?

Step aside, Honey Badger.

By Louis Hanson
GETTY

As this season's Bachelor suitors are announced — and hype surrounding the Honey Badger continues to build — I've been thinking about the potential for The Bachelor franchise to expand.

After all, there have been nine Australian seasons so far — including The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, of course — and I think it'd be in their best interest to shake things up a bit.

So, are you ready? Wait for it…

The Gay Bachelor Australia.

Our gal Sophie Monk gets it, but how does that sound to you? Is Australian television really ready for a mainstream, prime time television show celebrating gay love?

Let's look at both sides of the argument.

WHY THE GAY BACHELOR IS NEEDED

It'd be an important step forward in terms of celebrating inclusive representations on the television screen. Although 2017 was arguably our gayest year ever — with the the postal vote, marriage equality and the Babadook becoming a full-fledged gay icon — we're still in a climate where LGBTQIA+ visibility on our screens is not only lack lustre at best, but oh-so necessary.

A gay version of The Bachelor would also mean that straight folks wouldn't have to queer-bait in order to attract the eyes of those who fetishise girl-on-girl relationships. Enter the case of Megan Marx from Bachelor in Paradise, and the promos teasing her kiss with another 'woman', who turned out to be a long-haired dude.

And finally, 2016's Finding Prince Charming — the States' gay version of The Bachelor which featured thirteen hopefuls pining for the love of Robert Sepulveda Jr — proves that such a concept is possible. Side note: Finding Prince Charming is now available on Stan, so go do some progressive reality TV homework.

WHY THE GAY BACHELOR WOULDN’T WORK

But in all seriousness, it's probably very doubtful that a gay Bachelor will light up our TV screens anytime soon.

Take Finding Prince Charming for example – the promise of a second season seemed to fall quickly by the wayside.

For starters, the premise of a gay Bachelor show in itself has the potential to just turn into one giant fuckfest. After all, the contestants are always beautiful specimens with interesting backgrounds – that would surely leave the Bachelor very lonely and bitter.

Many folk within the LGBTQIA+ community, as well, don't buy into the whole monogamous, suit-and-tie, marital kind of set up.

After all, many queer and trans folk historically fought for the acknowledgement of a new, more-free kind of love that didn't succumb to the reductive, binary-style relationships depicted on shows like The Bachelor.

The final verdict

Due to the very high likelihood of contestants ditching the suitor and sleeping with one another instead — as well as the fact that some queer folk are steering away from picket-fence, marital monogamy — perhaps we need another option…

Love Island, anyone? Australia's television Gods would be pioneers if they created the first ever *Love Island, Queertopia style. Yes, I'm extremely proud of this name.

Love Island Queertopia could place a whole bunch of LGB, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folk on the island and marvel at their flamboyant, polygamous, queer-loving bliss. Oh, the drama and shocking plot twists that would ensue…

I don't know about you, but I think that would make greater television.

Can someone get us in touch with Australia's television Gods?

Powered by GIPHY