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Bentley Williams — Target of Violence?

Bentley, undoubtedly the candidate of all candidates on the bachelorette, has become so much to so many.  For some, he is an example of masculinity and honor that will in all likelihood never be seen again (at least not on network TV).  In case it wasn’t already clear from earlier posts, we belong to this group.  For many Americans, he also stands for time-honored American values such as a willingness to stand up to the man (or woman, he really doesn’t discriminate), speak his mind, and, of course, good looks.  Most importantly, perhaps, he has refused to sell his heart and mind out for crass commercial interests (ahem, ABC, we’re looking at you here).
Unfortunately, Bentley has also become a target for some of the most vicious and pernicious dialogue in America today.  As if that weren’t enough, now Bentley has evidently become a target of violence.  Read this tweet from (formerly?) respected comedian and writer Jenna Kim Jones:
Heading to Utah for the Salt Lake Comedy Festival. Hosting Friday’s show but I’m really in Utah to punch Bentley in the face.
Flying halfway around the world just to pull of some premeditated act of violence against someone who has already suffered so much at the hands of political machinations of the likes of Chris Harrison is really just beyond words.  Going one step further and actually inciting violence?  That is a bridge too far.
Sharing your opinion in a polite and respectful manner is already too much for some — but surely we can draw the line at violence.  Whether you love Bentley or hate him, please let everyone know that you oppose violence.  Especially Twitter-premeditated violence.
  1. Anonymous
    June 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    shut up bentley.. even this website can’t spin what you did into gold. You were horrible, now apologize.

    • June 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Bentley can’t hear you. But if he could he would say he’s sorry to you, sorry that you have to live life taking reality tv seriously.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

        This is where you are getting Bentley into more trouble. Instead of explaining what you know and being understanding of how others see the situation, instead you put them down. I have to say that I feel the only reason as to why you are posting all of this is to get known in the industry regardless of how much you hurt your friend Bentley.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2011 at 4:45 am

        Noun: Humor or frivolity, esp. the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect.

        Now you do your homework! This is a serious matter and you are at times doing it with humor but it’s your lack of respect that is damaging Bentley and his family. You are right, I am absent of levity when it comes to destroying someone in a manner lacking due respect. If you are going to make your opinions public and shop your blog all over facebook, then allow others to express their opinions without your criticism.

        • June 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

          Your problem is you don’t know what’s actually serious in the matter. What is serious is that Bentley, who likely never intend his comments to be edited will need to deal with people like you for a long time. People that don’t know that much about being on reality tv and don’t realize how much of comments and quotes are not in the moment or even unrelated to the topic. (read Reality Steve’s blog for a bit more perspective on Bentley).

          So yes, it’s serious but not for the reasons you and every superficial viewer think. Ashley is over this, it happened +two months ago. Bentley is history to her. Bentley will deal with death threats, hateful yells from the random pedestrian and a multitude of other harassment issues for months even years. So yes, you need to have some levity and possibly some empathy when talking about Bentley on the show.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        You obviously haven’t read my posts. I, just as much as you, knows what happens on Reality Shows along with the editing. I am not anti-Bentley or I wouldn’t care what happens to him. I was simply making a comment in regards to this blog and your Bentley Williams Apologist site that I feel that you are making matters worse for him instead of better. I say this because so many people that I know have said the same thing……you should explain what you know regarding the editing instead of pumping his actions up of what the viewers saw. Think about it for a moment, you have Chris Harrison stating that what we saw is exactly what Bentley did. Should the viewers take the show seriously? NO! But they do! Should there be threats because of the show? Absolutley not! I never made one negative comment on here about Bentley but you call me and every viewer “superficial.” That is where you need to think twice about putting others down. If it’s not okay for others to judge Bentley, then why is it okay for you to judge others?

        • June 13, 2011 at 12:28 am

          Hey, you inspired our next (or second next) post. I’m sure others possibly share your opinion, but we don’t. Bentley is being hung out to dry, when his comments and actions are not nearly as bad as they are making them out to be in the show. If you have a better approach, we would be happy to accept a possible blog post for review. Friend us on facebook (Bentley Apologists)and send it over. Alternatively, you could start the Bentley fan club blog so you can run things the way you want.

          Quite honestly, I have no clue what conversation is about at this point because everyone that posts to this freaking site won’t put in a name. We respond to like 50 comments from “Anonymous” a week.

          Anyway thanks for the inspiration. Hope you come back.

    • June 12, 2011 at 2:07 am

      Yes we want all the fame and glory. That’s why we have no ID attached to this blog or anything else. This will help us be more known.

      The fact is you are wrong. Bentley is a good guy that has been dealt a bad hand. We 100% believe the things we post and say. Bentley is > every other bachelor, that one dude looks like the guy from big league chew, and you take “Reality” TV too seriously. It’s people like you that are absent of levity that are the problem.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2011 at 3:51 am

        Do you even know what “levity” means? You use the word “levity” but either you are being a hypocrite or you just plainly don’t know the meaning but like to use big words. Big League Chew? What does that have to do with price of tea in China? As you know, finding out who you are would not be difficult. Good luck to you!

        • June 12, 2011 at 4:08 am

          You need to read all our posts, then look at your comment. This will help you appreciate the context of the word “levity”, Big League Chew comment and Bentley. Looking forward to your next visit.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2011 at 4:07 am

        Billy Meadows, Bentley’s best friend, has done the best job so far! He doesn’t hide who he is and is speaking from the heart. I do want to make it clear that regardless what Bentley did or said, it gives NO ONE any RIGHT to make threats or any act of violence towards him! It’s repulsive that anyone would do that over a reality show. Like I stated earlier, you truly are making this worse for him and his family! Time is going to be the only healer in this situation.

        • June 12, 2011 at 4:13 am

          You still have not read the blog. Finish your homework assignment before posting.

      • Anonymous
        June 12, 2011 at 4:30 am

        To the other Anonymous.. don’t worry Bentleyfar can’t do much damage to Bentley, his family or Ashley for that matter.. he really doesn’t have the audience. Look at the comments.. only a handful… He is riding this wave in the kiddie section of the wave pool. I have stopped talking to him because he only insults people for their opinion. He really is nothing to worry about… I mostly come here to vote down comments he makes.

  2. Anonymous
    June 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Don’t you think the comedian is just joking around?

  3. Anonymous
    June 12, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Wow! You really think she’s serious? She’s a comedian writer. I’m pretty sure she’s joking.

  4. Anonymous
    June 12, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Sounds like Jenna is a comedian. No, really she is… I’m sure she’s joking.

  5. Amber
    June 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

    This is hilarious.

  6. Jenny
    June 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    The funny thing about all of this is that it is sooo easy for people to make hate threats via blogs and message boards (which probably 100% of them Bentley himself will never see), but I’ve been with Bentley in public this week, and all I’ve seen are fans coming up to him begging him to take pictures with him. Notice how all the hate threats on this blog (and others) are under “anonymous”?? Because people are too afraid to show their face when making these empty threats. Despite what people think, life will go on for Bentley. His self-worth does not depend on his three episode appearance on a reality television show. He’s got family and friends that have been by his side and will always be by his side. Bentley has never had a hard time getting a girl, and I doubt he ever will. There are people out there who 1) do not watch the show and 2) know him better than to hold it against him.
    P.S. We just saw his hair and it is still lookin’ amazing!!! Florida and Disney agrees. He has fans here!!

  7. Alison
    June 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Jenny- where’s your picture of your face? “Hi Kettle…..my names Pot!”

  8. Guest
    June 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    “Heading to Utah for the Salt Lake Comedy Festival. Hosting Friday’s show but I’m really in Utah to punch Bentley in the face.”

    I hardly think this constitutes a “premeditated act of violence” or that the comedian is “inciting violence.” It’s a joke. She’s a comedian. She’s creating a connection with her Bachelorette-watching followers, giving them a little twinge of recognition. That’s all. Calm down; making an issue of such a silly comment makes you look foolish and undermines the mission of this website.

    I have no doubt that Bentley was edited, but It’s difficult to have sympathy for him. He went on a reality show knowing full well how sketchy they can be. He signed a contract. He’s clearly watched previous seasons. He’s not a moron, I assume, so he should have made the connection.

    • Me
      June 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      If it’s your first time doing a reality show, you wouldn’t know:) American Idol for example; do you think that’s a talent show that’s only focused on talent? Had I not seen for myself, I would have thought so BUT for those who are first time audtitioners, they have NO clue! The first thing they say is, “This is not a talent show, it’s a reality show,” prior to starting the auditions. So unless millions and millions of people are morons for not knowing that Reality Shows can screw with your life…….I would suggest you highly reconsider your statement above. 🙂

      • Guest
        August 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        Anyone who opts to put their life on TV without doing any research is an idiot, period.

        A few simple Google searches bring up plenty of stories about the dangers of being on reality TV–and if Bentley couldn’t be bothered to do that bare minimum before signing his life away, he is a moron.

        Idealistic teenagers with little to no knowledge of how tough the world is can be forgiven for thinking that American Idol is actually about talent. A 28-year-old man with plenty of life experience under his belt? Quite another story.

        If he didn’t read through the contract before signing–a contract that gives the network freedom and removes many of the contestants’ rights–he is a moron. (Especially after going through the legal divorce process.)

        If he didn’t understand, even after getting an MBA, that big business is profit-driven and often callous/cruel/unscrupulous, and that big TV networks are only out for ratings–wait for it–he is a moron.

        So either he researched and still signed up–and therefore deserves what he got–or he went into it blind, and REALLY deserves what he got.

        And he dragged his little girl into it, too, which is just gross. What a pig.

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