It’s been a couple of weeks since the finale aired, but seeing Arie and Lauren is sort of infuriating especially in more television appearances. Remember when we all hated Juan Pablo? Turns out that we only needed just a few years for someone to take over as being the worst bachelor ever. The producers of this show stretched out the finale into two nights as in, four hours of my time, so to spare you that, let me just quickly recap what happened.
Arie chose Becca as the one he wanted to marry. A few weeks later, he had second thoughts and decided he wanted to be with Lauren before the finale of the season aired. Arie decided to break up with Becca while the cameras are rolling completely blindsiding her and then runs back to Lauren. Becca is now the next Bachelorette which is sort of a win for her and Arie and Lauren are engaged. On the After the Final Rose finale special, Arie proposes to Lauren and again in front of the cameras. Does the guy know how to do anything privately?
After all is said and done, Arie and Lauren appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and he makes fun of them straight to their face throughout the interview because they are terrible and deserve it.
Doesn’t it feel like every day the internet is sharing one of Jimmy Kimmel’s monologues? I’m tired of hearing these. He’s tired of having to film these. I could say that the past few weeks have been a nightmare, but honestly – hasn’t it been most of this year? We are already 10 months into 2017. We will have made it almost a year with Trump in office. Let that sink in for a bit.
I’ve been watching Jimmy’s monologues consistently for the past few weeks, but it’s hard not to tear up while watching this one. They are all worth sharing. He’s my favorite late night show host right now because of these and I think we’ve all just about had it. At one point do we finally say that this is the last straw because every day – every week, it gets worse.
I was in bed on Sunday night when I started hearing about the reports of the shooting. I watched the video like everyone else and I felt myself feeling sick. After the Ariana Grande incident earlier this year, this was already too much. I went to my first concert when I was seven years old and after that music festivals and a number of concerts that I’ve lost count of spanning the rest of my life. No one ever really believed that they would have to worry being in a place that they could enjoy so much, but it’s true what everyone has said. We’re no longer safe anywhere. I don’t have prayers because they’re not enough. I don’t have the words to express the sadness and anger that all of the victims’ families may be feeling right now. It didn’t feel right posting anything yesterday, but I did. I did because I didn’t know if I was ready to string my words along together to compose something like this. It still doesn’t feel right to me in this moment.
I expressed to my friends that I hadn’t had an easy day at work yesterday. I cried; I was emotional over something little and found solace in the fact that they felt the same way. That we were all feeling the same way because of what had happened. I have a lot of thoughts about this, but I’m trying to condense this as much as possible. This isn’t new. We need gun control and now. The second thing that upsets me is calling the shooter “a lone wolf.” Don’t think for a second that anyone will have sympathy for this man because of that labeling. I don’t feel sorry for individuals that commit acts like that and I definitely don’t care to read an article about what he enjoys – gambling and country music. Journalists can do better than humanizing people like this. Paint them for who they are. Leave their interests out of it.
I used to post Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” all of the time and as outsiders we find this to be funny because celebrities get this kind of stuff all of the time, but I thought this parody for an anti-bullying campaign was actually very impactful and showed me another perspective. After watching this, it really didn’t seem that funny anymore.
“We wanted to use the ‘Mean Tweets’ model because in a way, those videos give the message that cyberbullying is ok – even funny. But adult celebrities have the maturity and confidence to overcome these hurtful words. Children don’t. For regular kids, words can cut like a knife.”