“Original Bachelorette Footage Edited”—Exclusive Commentary from Bentley*
In hearing from our readers we have noticed that not everyone gets what really goes on behind the scenes in reality TV and video editing. Contestants on the show are asked hundreds of questions about many, many topics (some completely unrelated to the show). Reality producers are looking for short sound bytes and commentary to play over the video footage of The Bachelorette. The producers want to “construct” a contestant thought narrative that appears to go along with the footage. The results are often good but sometimes are a little off (like when Ashley is talking while sitting awkwardly, staring into space as if she is pondering the mysteries of the universe, or commentary by Bentley while he is packing to leave the show).
Now with that background in mind, we want you to watch two edited interview segments as an obvious illustration of how context matters: Jay Leno interviews Clinton and a Bruce Willis interview (poor quality, don’t watch too much—not that funny). These are obviously edited segments to make the characters look ridiculous. Notice that in the low budget Bruce Willis interview, Bruce’s shirt changes due to footage edited from different interviews and different questions. The Bachelorette does not need to deal with this editing (shirt) problem because they can just use the audio and lay it over unrelated video footage of the subject. The Bentley Apologists group contends that this is what has happened to Bentley, and this process explains 90% of the most heinous comments attributed to Bentley.
Our contention is that producers have removed the context of Bentley’s answers and the timing of the questions. Producers could have asked a question about his first breakup and Bentley could say, “I’m done with her. She is so annoying.” If you cut out the question, the audio can be played over any footage of Ashley and Bentley, making it look as if this comment is about Ashley.
Bentley haters will no doubt say, “But he said those things. It doesn’t matter when or what the question was.” Actually it does matter. Context is everything. It’s all editing, and we will walk you through it in this post.
Click on the video links below and listen to the audio clips from Bentley’s last show (no doubt the last great episode of the season). Pay particular attention to the sound of Bentley’s voice and the sound echoes in the room in the “-edit-” part of the dialog transcribed below. It’s obvious that these are out of context comments from Bentley. Some are words probably not even from the original sentences or same interview based on the fact we never see what Bentley is wearing and how choppy these edits are.
[I really miss my daughter] –edit– [but] –edit– [I’m not leaving] –edit– [because of my daughter] -edit- [I’m not really in to Ashley] -edit- [ so] -edit- [regardless] -edit- [of] -edit- [Ashley’s emotions] -edit- [I know it’s the right decision for me]
[These tools, like these freaking idiots] -edit- [they] -edit- [believe me… …None of them have any idea] -edit- [that] -edit- [I don’t care about Ashley.] -edit- [I had the opportunity and I pla]- edit mid word] [everyone] -edit- [that’s something that has never been done before]
[so] -edit- [I’m going to make Ashley cry] -edit- [I hope my hair looks ok]
[I came into the Bachelorette] -edit- [hoping] -edit- [that] -edit- [it was] -edit- [Emily] -edit- [It’s like she is such a stand out, she is so breathtakingly beautiful that] -edit- [Ashley] -edit- [kind of looks like an ugly duckling to me.] -edit- [and] -edit- [if I’m not into the girl I’m not going to stick around]
None of Bentley’s most egregious comments even form a complete idea without edits. While it might be his words, it’s a bit like watching this clip from Craig Ferguson. You might hate Bentley for his actions, but it’s clear you can’t hate him for what he has said on the show.