Channel Ten Accused Of Queerbaiting Viewers For Bachelor In Paradise

Written by Jesse Chaffey
Category: Agenda Published: Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:48

Channel Ten has faced backlash for convincing viewers of a potential same-sex kiss on the show 'Bachelor In Paradise'.

In a promo advert that aired for the show this week, contestant Megan (who, as it happens, is openly bisexual) says of fellow contestant Elora "she's absolutely gorgeous" and "definitely my type of girl".

It then shows Megan kissing a long-haired brunette… Which was revealed to be male contestant Thomas when the episode actually aired.

People have taken to Twitter to accuse Ten of queer-baiting, which essentially means attempting to reel in an audience for the potential of a same-sex romance, as if queer people area spectacle and way, way more worth watching than heterosexual people.

The episode in question attracted an audience of over half a million, so you could say Ten succeeded in what they set out to do.

At what cost, though?

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