There’s no denying “The Bachelorette’s” Chad Johnson is a great villain, but why do we keep giving him screen time?
Short answer: great, entertaining television.
And I get that, but at this point, it’s time to get him off of the screen and just let him go. He’s incredibly offensive, and his brash actions are affecting real people.
Chad, a luxury real estate agent, was eliminated from the “Bachelorette” in week four, after making his roommate Derek so uncomfortable that he needed to move out, punching a door, ripping Evan’s shirt, threatening to find Jordan after the show ended, and being confronted by JoJo about his violent tendencies.
But he’s been popping up on TV in various forms.
In his reunion with the dudes and JoJo for the Men Tell All episode, Chad was, obviously and unfortunately, the focal point of the night. And now, he’s on “Bachelor in Paradise,” except hopefully not for long, because he was kicked off the show after the first episode!
And while Chad can claim that he’s just being “real,” his reality is problematic.
As host Chris Harrison explained during “Paradise,” when he was kicking him off, “In a matter of one night, you’ve turned this into hell.”
Here’s why we’ve all had enough of him.
Chad has violent tendencies.
Chad has lashed out on multiple occasions, even though he may never have actually punched someone.
He verbally threatened Jordan and asked, “When you go home, you think I can’t find you? You think I won’t go out of my way to come to your house? I’m dead f—ing serious.”
That may have been said to get a rise out of Jordan, but it’s still a legitimate threat.
One of the biggest beefs was between Chad and Evan.
The guys did stand-up comedy routines for one of the group dates. Evan took advantage of the moment to allege that Chad took steroids, which did not go over well with Chad. When Evan returned to his seat, he had to pass by Chad who then abruptly turned around, grabbed the back of Evan’s shirt, and ripped it.
Now, I’ll admit, after rewatching the altercation during the Men Tell All episode, Evan did give a slight shove, but Chad, who claimed he almost fell, didn’t really seem to move much. I would say resorting to grabbing a guy isn’t the best way to handle the situation, but Chad didn’t leave it there.
He eventually bloodied his knuckles after punching a door in a burst of anger and then went back over to shove his hand in Evan’s face.
On “Paradise” he talked about wanting to “murder” everyone and wanting to “rip” Evan’s head off. Again, even though he didn’t physically attack anyone, he reacted to conflict with aggressive behaviour, which was rather unwarranted and slightly terrifying.
He has made sexist comments.
While both on the show and after, Chad has continued to be a sexist.
During one of the group dates early on in the season, the guys were asked to say what they loved about JoJo. When JoJo asked Chad for his answer, he called her “naggy” and thought it was a funny joke. Excuse?
He claimed that he didn’t have an answer for her, because he couldn’t possibly know enough about her in a few short dates to say anything. Valid. But why call her naggy for asking you to play the reality TV show game? That’s the whole point of going on the show. If you aren’t into it, why do it in the first place?
When JoJo eliminated him, his response was to say she “is either an actress or she’s a complete [—-], there’s only two options.” Oh, ok. Yeah, that’s why she’s not interested.
And on “Paradise,” he was even worse. He called Lace a “b—-” multiple times and at one point says, “I will throw you under a bus and hold you down and duct-tie you up and make sure you smell like peppermint.”
That’s not cute. He actually got even worse when he verbally attacked Sarah for calling him out.
“F— that one-armed bitch,” he said to her. Sarah was born with only the upper half of her arm due to a condition known as amniotic band syndrome. “You suck that d—,” he continued.
He posted a video apologizing after the fact, but that doesn’t’ change what he said in the first place. Chad is verbally abusive.
His Twitter is no better.
Or maybe a girl can just travel on her own and do what she wants with her own life?
Following Men Tell All, Chad told ABC News that he was the villain because he was “real,” and said, “If you fall in love with a girl right off the bat because of her looks, you’ll do it again … It’s not about that. It’s about aligning with somebody based on their personality.” Again, that’s valid, but it’s not a sign of a good personality when a guy literally just comments about “hot girls.”
He just thrives on the attention.
It’s hard to believe that Chad hasn’t always been or isn’t a total jerk, but since his portrayal on the show, he’s continued to feed off of the attention.
That’s not really surprising considering a look at his Twitter feed shows that he is self-assured and conceited.
As Lace told him during “Paradise,” he is “arrogant” and doesn’t own up to any of his mistakes.
In an interview with GQ, he revealed that he’s moving to Los Angeles because he’s now too busy to look through all of the “thousand” emails for his job in Tulsa. When “Million Dollar Listing” comes up as a suggestion, Chad doesn’t turn it down.
“That’s kind of what I’ll have to do,” he said. “To be honest, a real estate agent looking like me in Oklahoma is not a regular thing. No one wants to leave me at home with their wife.”
Confidence is one thing, but then what’s the point in attacking someone else?
During Men Tell All, Chad asked JoJo if he could say some things, wished her the best, and then dissed her final two choices with a villainous smirk on his face.
JoJo wasn’t having it.
“Oh, I could go off right now,” she said. “[But] it’s not even worth my time. Because he loves this. This is what he wants. He loves the attention, and we’re giving it to him, so he’s not even worth my breath.”
She got a standing O for that response from all the guys, and thanked all of them, except for Chad, for the respect they have given her.
…and so it was that the princess squashed the villain and the kingdom rejoiced! #MenTellAll
Unfortunately, previews for next week’s “Bachelor in Paradise” still include a pissed-off Chad.
We’ve got a clip of Evan being placed in an ambulance and covered with an oxygen mask, as contestants talk about Hurricane Chad and how he was unleashed.
Every time the producers cut montages of an injured Evan and an angry Chad together during “The Bachelorette,” the two usually had nothing to do with each other. But even if that’s still the case in “Paradise,” that doesn’t change the fact that Chad doesn’t make an easy exit.
Rather than just end the episode with Chad going, they are dragging it onto into presumably the first five minutes of the second episode.
Villains may make ratings go up, but this is dealing with real people, and it needs to stop. So here’s to hoping that after this final exit, we’ve had enough.
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