We’ve seen on The Bachelorette how well the masked man’s strategy of covering up to “take his face out of the equation” has worked. Frankly, it’s a bit surprising that producers haven’t tried to do the same thing to Bentley. Wouldn’t it have been fairer to the other contestants to take Bentley’s hair out of the equation? They could have made him wear a funny wig or a hat. As it stands, it will be very difficult for the other contestants to shine in the presence of that hair. Are you kidding me? thick, wavy locks held up at impossible angles.
“I hope my hair looks ok…” No, Bentley, it doesn’t just look ok, it is intoxicating.
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.
Bachelorette host (Chris Harrison) with help from former contestant on the Bachelor (Michelle Money) felt the need to throw Bentley under the bus even before he stepped out of the limo to meet Ashley. We all know that Michelle is trying to promote her career as a professional reality TV
star runner-up (or more likely, wants to Bentley all to herself) while Chris Harrison clearly has a ratings agenda (or more likely, got picked on by a Bentley look-alike in high school).
Now poor Bentley has to try to climb out of the hole they dug for him. But it all makes sense. Without these antics, the other Bachelorette contestants wouldn’t stand a fighting chance with Ashley or with viewers. Ultramarathons are lame, winemaking is for dilettantes, and speaking French (with an American accent) is très passé. Bentley just stands out so much more than the other guys. Looks, style, charm, wit, professional success, confidence. He’s his own man, and he’s interesting. He certainly holds our attention more than those other cardboard cutouts.
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.