*by Bentley we mean Bentley Apologists (that guy with amazing hair had nothing to do with this post)
Let’s get started by watching a few clips that make yet another strong case for heavy editing in the show. This is an interview given right before Ashley is proposed to by both JP and Ben (this is just one clip clarifying the time of the interview as right before the final rose). Now this second clip is from the Japan show of Ashley supposedly “figuring Bentley out” and telling Bentley off. Notice anything similar? They are the EXACT SAME INTERVIEW happening on the same day, check out Ashley’s outfits, makeup, hair, and background. This girl has never been in the same outfit on this show in two episodes. What does this mean? The complete tell off of Bentley supposedly happening weeks earlier was completely fabricated.
After reading the Bentley Apologists Edits posts, this type of editing is no surprise to our readers. Ashley was edited to look sharper than she is, Bentley was edited to look like a jerk more than he is, and the producers haven been laughing all the way to the next trashy show production.
Bentley was never invited back to the final show. Contestants are compelled to attend on at the request of ABC as part of their contract. Same reason Bentley can’t give an interview. If Bentley violates the contract, the show can quite easily sue him for the “damages” to the production. The producers and Chris Harrison didn’t want Bentley back because it was too much of a risk for them as noted by this blogger.
Let’s re-watch the clip of the men discussing Bentley. All the comments are by no names like Drunk Tim (with the exception of Glambert) and the edits of the discussion are super choppy. Is this really all they had to say? Certainly not, the men that got to know him defended Bentley in the press here, here and here. Bentley had an army of friends on that panel that we never heard a word from. None of the men that supported him said anything on the final cut that aired? Well that is what the producers want you to think, but apparently these men actually defended Bentley, unfortunately we didn’t get to see it.
So what about the man whose name has been mentioned in EVERY SINGLE SHOW since the first 3 episodes he was on? The man who got a girl to fall in love with him after hanging out a total of about 3-4 hours alone? And even with the edits, is what Bentley did really that bad? We are quite certain Ashley gave roses to multiple men she had mediocre feelings for. Shoot, Ashley had Ben propose to her before telling him no. Ben said that Ashley gave no sign that she was not choosing him till after he completely humiliated himself. How is this any better than what Bentley did? It’s not! It’s actually worse. Bentley was leading a girl on for a few dates and Ashley made someone think she was going to marry them. What about Brad Womack and others who slept with multiple women only to reject them for someone they were certain they would choose? Clearly any of these offences is—much—much worse than what Bentley did.
Why have the Producers and Chris Harrison tried so hard to make Bentley look bad? They are mad at Bentley because he turned the game on its head. This game show is set up for the star Man or Woman to string along multiple mates to a rose ceremony, not the other way around. Bentley exposed how trashy this show actually is.
Bentley we have enjoyed fighting for you and your hair. Most of all we have enjoyed the dialog with some insane readers. Wish you the best.
Originally we were inspired to start this site because, as Bentley fans, we didn’t think it was right that such an awesome Bachelorette contestant was getting villainized.We wanted to celebrate the man and defend his words and actions. We figured that no one would care since viewers are usually content to drink the Kool-Aid and accept everything Bachelorette producers foist upon them. But just over a month later, we are happy to report that we’re “All Grown Up.” Our site hit 100,000 views today as Bacholrette viewers were searching for any thing they could find on Bentley. While it may not seem like much for one day, we have significantly altered the Bentley conversation as now more people are starting to question the reality of the show and notice the douchebaggery of Chris Harrison. Moreover, given the timing of this event and demand for conversations about Bentley, we believe this shows how truly American being a Bentley fan is.
So where do the Apologists go from here? Bentley was our horse in the Bachelorette race, and even although he’s gone for good, we don’t plan to pick another one. Especially if we have that many fans of the site. Instead, we are going to act exactly like Ashley. For the rest of the season, we’re going to keep tabs on all the second fiddles [contestants still in the race who are clear second choices to Bentley], while still pining for Bentley and continuing to talk incessantly about him. Hope you’ll join us.
Bentley obsession runs deep on the Bachelorette this season. Indeed, we’ve already seen how fixated Ashley is on him [to the detriment of herself and the other contestants], but now new clues are emerging that suggest that Ashley was not the only person on the show who had strong feelings for Bentley, which may explain why the producers continued to push the Bentley storyline on viewers. Click on the video above. You can see Ashley’s usual blabbering on and on about Bentley (she mentions him 18 times during one part of an episode). But keep watching until the end of the video when Bachelorette host Chris Harrison finally admits that he too, fell in love with Bentley. Do you think he meant love for Bentley based on his ability to bring ratings or real romantic love? We’re betting the latter. Bentley’s irresistibility knows no bounds.
Say what you will about Bentley, the man knows how to attract an audience. With his swagger, charisma, and no-nonsense banter, Bentley has made this season of the Bachelorette one of the most interesting of all time. Perhaps the most remarkable thing is the extent of his impact on the show in such a short amount of time. The focus on Bentley has angered many and drawn viewers’ ire against producers. It has been implied that Bentley must be so good for Bachelorette ratings as to be well worth “messing with Ashley’s [and viewers’] head” while exploiting poor Bentley. Why else would the producers have spent so much effort editing his commentary, showing statements he made out of context, and demonizing him to viewers? But what is Bentley’s actual impact on the show.
To find out, we gathered TV ratings from Zap2It for the show and compiled them into a graph. The graph covers the last four weeks of the show including Bentley’s departure (episode 3), The Bentley Hangover where Ashley talked about him incessantly (episode 4), Bentley’s full absence from the show (episode 5), and King Bentley’s triumphant return (episode 6). As you can plainly see, Bentley’s full absence constituted the show’s nadir during the period [despite the shameless attempt to attract viewers with shirtless Bachelorette contestants engaged in Muay Thai fighting for Ashley’s affection]. Moreover, we see a massive spike in viewers when he returns to the show. That’s right; Bentley’s 5 minutes back on camera led to an increase of roughly half a million viewers. That’s an extra 100,000 viewers for every minute on the show. Are you listening ABC and Chris Harrison? Do you really think nice guys JP or Ben F. can generate that kind of viewer interest? It’s an understatement to say that “Bentley is good for ratings.” Bentley is ratings!
People have criticized Bentley relentlessly for his “wreckless and meanspirited” comments about Ashley. We at the Apologists have argued that while entertaining, these comments are mostly overblown, taken out of context, or are simply examples of Bentley’s forthrightness. Let’s face it folks, Bentley calls them as he sees them. So, we found it amusing that some enterprising soul managed to pull together “every a**hole-ish thing The Bachelorette’s Bentley has said about Ashley.” While it may seen counterproductive for an apologist site to post something that could further damage our man’s reputation, we think it important enough to risk it for several reasons. First, it shows you what we are up against. Someone spent an awful lot of time splicing these clips together to convince viewers that Bentley really is a bad guy. Could producers be behind this? Second, Bentley’s entire affront to humanity comprises a grand total of 4 minutes and 34 seconds. That’s right, several weeks in a house with every move and statement being videotaped and recorded, and the most they could dig up was 4 minutes and 34 seconds. For all we know, he was an absolute model contestant who spent every other minute gushing about how great Ashley was. We have lots of evidence that everyone in the house seemed to like him. So Bentley said some things. So what. If anything, this video actually exonerates him, and reminds us why we were so blessed to have Bentley for those wonderful 2.5 episodes this season.
Lots of people are aware that Bentley has completely taken over this season of the Bachelorette. Some viewers [including Chris Harrison] are exasperated by this turn of events and believe it could have been avoided. Other viewers are excited by it and have come to accept that Bentley’s charms are unavoidable [Apologists]. More than a few pundits have suggested that we start referring to the show as The Bentley-orette [ok, we’d be glad to].
On this week’s episode, Ashley finally spills the beans to the other guys about her feelings for Bentley. It doesn’t quite go as planned. While some of the guys take the news well, most are furious about having to play second fiddle to a guy that left the show several weeks prior [simply awesome]. The dentist and the chef are especially upset, and Glambert – always the drama queen – gets so pissed that he storms off the set and leaves the show. This is simply unbelievable. Bentley, a contestant that was on the show for only two weeks, manages to capture the heart of the Bachelorette, pushes one of the best looking guys to leave the show early, and completely shatters the confidence of the remaining contestants. Beautiful Bentley truly is a one-man show wrecker.
Bentley’s impact on the Bachelor/Bachelorette series has never been seen before on a reality show. With what amounts to roughly 3 hours of courtship time (on group dates no less), he managed to capture the heart and mind of Ashley and America. He has been called “the most beguiling contestant to ever grace reality TV” and “the most important cultural icon of our generation.” As the main focus of the last 5 episodes, numerous gossip rags, and every water cooler conversation about the show, Bentley has led people to ask—how did this happen? How did Bentley gain the adoration of Ashley and, at the same time, attract the unmitigated hatred of viewers and pundits everywhere? While we don’t know the exact science, we do have an idea. There are four basic types of conversations we see Bentley have on the show.
1. Bentley talking off screen about his interest in Ashley. As discussed by the Apologists, the worst of which were clear hack jobs that should enrage ABC quality control editing group more than viewers and pundits.
3. Bentley comforting Ashley. The other contestants ignored her tears while Bentley came to her comfort.
4. Bentley talking about his daughter. From the first conversation they shared to the last, the focus was on his daughter. Through sloppy and unethical editing, Bentley was villainized, yet the other men in the house universally agreed that Bentley had a one track mind in every conversation. He simply could not stop talking about his love for his daughter.
In almost every interaction on the show, we see Bentley focused on someone else, which is refreshing for viewers. There never seems to be a shortage of self-absorbed single Bachelors and Bachelorettes with proud smirks as they fill their date conversations with relationship platitudes. “I just want to be with”… “My perfect relationship is”…”I have an important job.” This is what makes Bentley so irresistible to Ashley. Sure some men talked about hardships in their life, but it was a conversation that was still self-focused. Bentley’s conversations consisted of comforting Ashley and talking about his daughter. So what can we learn from the Bentley/Ashley scenario? How about this: Men of America, when it comes to women, forget about yourselves. It’s easy to be self-absorbed when you are a single adult (Brad Womack and Jason Mesnick), but if you can resist that urge, you become all the more attractive.
Clearly there are additional factors we are purposely setting aside (e.g., Bentley’s pheromones are currently being studied by Johns Hopkins and Axe Laboratories). But for our purpose, a loud and clear message emerges: For individuals eager to find love, forget yourself and focus on others! Thanks, Bentley. We owe you one.
Everyone has been counting down the days until Bentley’s return. Producers might have considered having Ashley call Bentley to resolve these concerns, but where’s the drama in that? No, we need to fly The King across the world so that Ashley can say her final goodbye to his amazing hair. In honor of this event we have issued commemorative “Return of the King” and “Team Bentley” shirts (all proceeds go to support Bentley’s post-Bachelorette dates).
Hold on to your remotes friends and fellow Apologists, here comes another Bachelorette episode all about Bentley Williams.
Well, well, well. It looks as if the malicious blockade of lies and deceit that the producers of the Bachelorette have used to vilify Bentley is starting to come apart. In an interview with Reality TV World, William Holman opened up about the show and about the other contestants. He had plenty of interesting things to share, especially about other contestants. Given what Chris Harrison has said about Bentley, you would expect to hear all sorts of terrible things about Bentley.
But no. No comments about Bentley being selfish, or mean, or derogatory, or sacrificing cats in the basement, or whatever it is that the producers think is so awful about Bentley. In fact, William said the following:
I actually roomed with his in the house, and nobody had anything bad to say about Bentley. Whenever I talked to Bentley, we would always talk about his daughter and that’s all that was discussed. He never opened up and said the things that we heard on TV. He discussed that he was upset that it was Ashley, but there was never any of that kind of talk.
Let’s read that again. ”He never opened up and said the things that we heard on TV.” Isn’t that interesting? Sounds like further proof that the producers have been heavily editing the audio on the Bachelorette to make it more sensational, and to turn the public against Bentley.
In fact, it sounds like Bentley may actually be a good guy — something we’ve been arguing for a long time here on Bentley Apologists.
All we can say is that Bentley has been judged by his peers . . . and comes out with all the class, sophistication, and decency we knew he had all along.
Given that we pride ourselves on being ‘in the know’ on all things Bentley, we admit to being completely caught off guard by some new accusations that have surfaced in recent days. A highly reputable news outlet is reporting that Bentley hooked up with Ashley before he left the show. Here are the details:
“Ashley slept with Bentley before he left the show,” [an unnamed, insider source told In Touch Magazine]. “That was the reason she was so devastated.” The source goes on to say that, “they kept the fact that they had sex a secret.”
Let’s examine this new accusation, shall we? Ok In Touch Magazine, So you are really going to go with the story that an anonymous source [couldn’t they at least give him/her a fake name?] told you that Bentley and Ashley hooked up? So we are really supposed to believe that somehow amidst 24 other Bachelorette contestants and rooms teaming with camera crews and equipment, Bentley and Ashley managed to steal away surreptitiously and be alone long enough to hook up. You’re really going to go with that story, In Touch Magazine, really?
So what’s the real story?
An obvious alternative explanation is that producers are attempting to sully Bentley’s pristine image by leaking more lies to the press. Even as far as gossip rags go, In Touch Magazine is among the lowest on the totem pole for credibility, which means the producers had trouble getting any others to take the bait.
Here at the Apologists, we believe another explanation is more likely. Everyone has noted Ashley’s surprisingly strong attachment, bordering on obsession with Bentley [we do condone Bentley obsession] after only a few moments together, and people are searching for ready explanations. Upon witnessing Ashley emerge from Bentley’s room [with flushed cheeks and hair tousled no doubt], the unnamed source simply made an inference about what had taken place. The Apologists contend that Ashley did not sleep with Bentley, but did run her hands through his hair, an action that has been known to produce many of the same effects. So we don’t blame you, unnamed source, for running and tattling on Bentley to a gossip rag. It was an honest mistake that could have happened to anyone.
We had the misfortune to stumble across a French movie the other day called The Heartbreaker. Lucky for us, it wasn’t about postcards from a traveling gnome, but it was still French. Here’s the premise of the movie: there’s a guy who’s specialty is breaking up relationships that are doomed to fail. Basically, people hire him to break up budding romances and marriages that threaten the happiness of one or both of the people involved. There really isn’t much more to say than that. There are the usual comedic supporting cast, the typical French snobbery, and the amazing lush vistas. But, the movie didn’t star Bentley, or even refer to him, or have him as a cameo.
Or did it?
Let’s review the movie. Charming, sophisticated, incredibly good-looking male lead whose forte is breaking up doomed relationships. It just so happens that this character is also a snappy dresser and sports just the right kind of tousled hair. And, we should add, very charismatic. Starting to sound familiar? Yep, it’s Bentley alright. This movie obviously had Bentley in mind.
In fact, we think Bentley’s whole appearance on The Bachelorette is starting to make more sense. He and Ashley may or may not find love together (her loss if they don’t), but what Bentley is really doing, the real blessing that he’s providing to Ashley, is showing her what a waste any of the other guys would be. He is the Heartbreaker. Bentley is there to help Ashley, to open her eyes (and her heart).
Looking at it this way, it’s clear that what Bentley is doing on the Bachelorette is one of the most selfless things we have ever witnessed on reality tv.
Ashley, you owe Bentley an apology.
Poetic (tickle my pickle)
Considerate and caring (offers to ‘burp’ Drunk Tim in episode 1; helps him get to the limo)
Athletic (he’s a swimmer, in pee or otherwise)
Honest (expressed his preference for Emily)
Incredibly good looking (see any post on this site)
Can be the designated driver (doesn’t drink, apparently)
Will let you plan your own wedding however you want (he would rather be swimming)
Passionate (do I need to ram my tongue down her throat?)
Contrarian (in a world of “yes men,” we need some more “NO! Men.” No to wedding planning, no to drinking, no to swimming on conventional liquids)
In both episodes of The Bachelorette, the contestants toast Ashley. Bentley’s glass looks to be different than the other contestants.’ Some claim he’s drinking water, others suggest it might be vodka. Neither are correct. The clear liquid is actually an elixir originating from Catarata Gocta, a waterfall in Peru. The elixir, which comes packaged in a velvet case, is said to contain special properties that adds luster to hair and makes skin more radiant. It’s definitely working, Bentley…
People like to rag on Bentley. Apparently he doesn’t come across (on the show at least), as the most likeable guy in the world. But guess what, he’s mysterious, he’s intriguing, and you just get the sense that there is a lot more there and you want to know more. In short, he’s interesting. So people shouldn’t be annoyed or surprised that Ashley kept him around. If he’s interesting to us after a few minutes in front of the camera, he’s definitely interesting to her.
There are lots of people who may not come across as the most likeable people in the world – Trump, Lance Armstrong, Donald Rumsfeld. But these are all interesting people, they captivate us and hold our attention no matter what they are saying or doing. They matter.
You know who is not interesting? Contestants Chris M., Frank, Jon, and Rob. Likeable guys sure, but because interesting trumps likeability, they didn’t get a rose.
In 2010, just over 100 in every million babies were named Bentley (0.01%). That is surprising given how awesome the name is. It will be interesting to see this graph updated for the second half of 2011 and 2012. No doubt there will be a spike in popularity following this season on The Bachelorette.
According to the manufacturer’s website, “Bentleys are built to be driven. Uncompromising luxury and enviable performance. Immediately recognisable and desired. The most prestigious driver’s cars in the world.”
Wow, that pretty much sums up contestant Bentley on The Bachelorette. How did his parents know? They could have called him Jaguar, Cadillac, or even BMW (Wait, what’s Bentley’s middle name? Maybe they named him after two luxury cars). But let’s not forget that like his namesake, Bentley isn’t for everyone. Just as some people may not understand why someone would pay $150,000 for a car, some viewers may not appreciate Bentley Williams’ unique qualities. Maybe it boils down to taste – some have it and some don’t.
At your next viewing party for The Bachelorette
10. Love means never having to say you’re sorry
9. Frankly, my dear, Bentley don’t give a damn
8. Bentley > Ames > Drunk Tim
7. Say ‘hello’ to my little friend! (tickle my pickle?)
6. Score: Batman -1, Bentley 1, Nice Guys 0
5. Chris Harrison can suck it
4. Emily is better!
3. “Don’t go Bentley into that good night”
2. Bentley would make a great dental assistant
1. I’d drive a Bentley
Alright folks, whatever you think about the guy, Bentley Williams is incredibly good looking. While Ames and Nick may have the brains and the brawn, Bentley definitely has the looks. In fact, he could very well be the best looking contestant of all time. His looks call to mind those of a young David Beckham if Becks had played rugby instead of soccer and didn’t get those $1000 haircuts.
In every episode of the show, contestants always gush over whoever happens to be the Bachelor or the Bachelorette. They are so smitten with him or her, and so worried that they will have their heart broken. This is total garbage. Bentley went on the show hoping the Bachelorette would be Emily Maynard, and went out on a limb to say so. Of course, it wasn’t Emily. Can’t a guy be candid without the villain music being played in the background every time the camera passes over him?
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