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.