Why We Do What We Do?

Our readers have expressed interest in why we created this blog. Some have argued that our primary motive is profit while others have suggested that we are a friend or a family member trying to do damage control on Bentley’s reputation. Still others have said that we must be bored out of our minds with reality TV and our lives are so pathetic that we have nothing better to do with our time.

Let’s look at the evidence, shall we?

Profit Motive – We created this blog so we can sell T-shirts, merchandise, and sundry items and become very rich. To address this motive, we recently completed an audit of our finances and after extensive review have produced the following set of calculations:

Profit = ($1 profit/shirt) x (0 shirts sold) – (300 hours spent blogging) x ($20 hourly pay rate)

Given that we are roughly $6K in the hole on this thing, the profit motive seems to be out.

Damage Control Motive – We created this blog because we are Bentley’s friend or family member and are trying to minimize the negative impact on his reputation. If only! We wish that we could count ourselves among those fortunate few who get to associate with Bentley in real life! Plus, we Apologists could care less about damage control. Bentley is the best contestant ever on the Bachelorette. Ashley thinks so, we think so, and the American People think so.

Bored/ Pathetic Motive – We created this blog because we are bored and/or pathetic and have nothing better to do with our lives. While we are the most sympathetic to this charge, it also crumbles under additional scrutiny. Yes, we are writing this blog about a reality TV contestant (star), but you are reading and commenting on it. What does that say about you?

The Real Motive – It is only natural that the same people that would attack Bentley’s motives for being on the show (“for the wrong reasons”) would also question ours. But the real reason we created this blog was clearly stated on our landing page. We are Bentley fans, plain and simple, and we will continue to defend (and celebrate) our favorite contestant. Not only is he a breath of fresh air on the stale Bachelorette series, but he may just be the most important cultural icon of our generation.

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  1. hopeful romantic
    June 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    bentley is such a stud…especially watching last nights episode and seeing how in love with him Ashley is!!! he has like magical powers to get a girl to fall that fast!

  2. jen
    June 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Good job on the site! I don’t know… I think editing played a part, but he did talk about her crying in a negative way and sort of smirk while reassuring her after the ROAST.

  3. June 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

    “The most important cultural icon of our generation?” Wow, that is depressing. You have a right to your opinion though so if this random, talentless, reality show contestant of average intelligence is your idea of a cultural icon then more power to ya, but I prefer to think that someone who has actually contributed something of value to our culture should be considered a cultural icon.

  4. June 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I’ll tell you what depressing is – all of those viewers who have overlooked Bentley’s enormous impact on our culture after only 2.5 episodes on a reality TV show. It’s easy to make normative claims about what a cultural icon should be (some great philosopher, politician, activist, or doctor), but in reality culture is inextricably linked to celebrity. Hence, Bentley is a cultural icon….arguably the most important of our generation.

  5. June 22, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Silly me! I didn’t realize that you were joking about Bentley being a cultural icon. I should have detected it. Good one!

  6. June 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Haha Bentley is one of the biggest tools I have ever seen in my life. One of the traditional Bros who think they are bigger than life. He talked on the show about how he couldnt wait to make her cry. What a tool he is.

    • June 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      What a TOOL YOU ARE! That was complementary edited. Dude no one wants to make a girl cry. Bentley just does it so often that his sensitivity might be a bit lower. 🙂

      What you think he said in that episode, he did not actually say. Very tricky editing.

  7. June 24, 2011 at 4:52 am

    My theory is that Bentley’s aloofness, plus Ashley’s prior warnings about him, created an interpersonal vacuum wherein she was able to project a lot of her energetic desire and desperation for love, and fall for the momentum and nervousness that she herself was bringing to their interactions. There was plenty of room for her projections because he is very disengaged and doesn’t bring much at all. He’s a blank slate, so she is really falling for what she is bringing to the interaction. (Haven’t we all, at some humiliating and crushing point?) It’s clear to me that she became so attached because she couldn’t have him–and she fell for the force of her own longing rather than for a living, breathing, genuinely interactive persona. She’s being praised and worshiped by the other guys and she’s so accustomed to the warm fuzzies that she becomes fascinated with the one guy who doesn’t feel that way (because his disregard may mirror her own low self-esteem…also very typical of high achievers).

    I think that much of the approbation this blog site heaps on him is a similarly reactionary type of praise in the face of the monotonous tide of hatred of Bentley throughout the internet. The overly generous words about his average young jocky looks strike me as overcompensatory. I guess it’s nice to see a lone flag waving, even if it’s for someone who does come across as cruelly disingenuous in front of Ashley, given the obviousness of her attachment to him. The fact that Bentley left of his own volition, however, and didn’t stay for some facile ego-win, is somewhat redeeming.

    But I worked as a Story Editor on four different reality television shows–two at MTV and two at the Discovery Channel–and I have to say that, while there is plenty of sound bite grabbing and audio overlay at the edit bay, the story narratives do emerge naturally from what is actually happening. There is never an “invented” story that is grab-bagged and crowbarred together as you seem to have described. For a team that has to assemble a two-part show every single week and go through all the rough cut input from the network and the finalizing and digitizing, there is absolutely no time for the piece-meal patching you describe. Reality TV work is totally breakneck. Thus I would respectfully counter-claim to you that Bentley did indeed say some pretty harsh things in interview and act in a patently misleading way in Ashley’s presence. People are flipping out because they love drama, but…I just had to say something because your arguments sound…uninformed.

    People are also flipping out because they are attached to Ashley being adored (almost as much as Ashley herself is attached to being adored), but I’m actually finding the Bentley dynamic a fascinating opportunity to reflect on the roles of pheromones, transference, suspended disbelief, lust, and reverse psychology in romance…how much we see what we want to see and fall in love with ourselves instead of really seeing and being with the other person.

    Okay, my own blah-blah out of the way, however, I still have a question about this “important cultural icon” theory. Obviously, not all icons are positive. Hitler is an icon of hatred; Dan Quayle is an icon of high-profile idiocy. What is Bentley Williams an icon of? And if his image, especially vis-a-vis his audio bytes, is so garbled and quilted together as you believe, isn’t his good/evil status as an icon compromised by all the white noise of the editing? Certainly, unfortunately, his iconography is severely compromised by its delivery on this show. And with all the bagging you guys do on this silly, fun, time-waster of a Monday-night-delight, obviously his black hole will fade in time.

    Well, in any case, good job standing up against the tide. I bet you guys get a lot of retarded feedback. I don’t agree with your comments and view on this kid but I respect your format and the energy you are putting behind providing an alternate viewpoint. I can’t believe I wrote this much, but you’ve provided me a forum to gather my reflections about this Bentley “character”–a character, indeed, and certainly also a caricature.

    Take care, y’all.

  8. June 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I can respond to this as an editor. You have a good ear and you are quite right that these sound bites are pieced together… for various reasons, the most likely being that Bentley delivered this information over a long run-on sentence as people tend to do when they are talking in an interview situation. As an editor, I am always cutting out all the hesitations, missed words, repetitions, all the ums, uhs, coughs, pauses and as a result it sounds pieced together but in my 13 years of editing I have never totally fabricated a person’s character by piecing random thoughts and stringing them together. As Jenn stated in her very eloquent comment, we simply do not have the time to do such a thing. Neither the TV schedule nor the budget would allow for that.

    In a one-hour show, minus commercial breaks and recaps you are looking at a little over 40-minutes of content so the main reason we have to edit what people are saying is simply that people do not speak in succinct sound bites and we need them to express themselves in the quickest way possible.

    Also, these contestants are interviewed over and over again and asked the same questions repeatedly. So when piecing together Bentley’s feelings about Ashley, he may have said one line better in a different take or on a different day all together. When you put it all together it sounds edited but he still said it.

    That said, people’s personalities may get simplified and only one or two aspects of their true character comes through in a reality show. For instance, after viewing the footage, producers and editors may put labels on certain “characters” but there has to be enough footage in every shooting day for a character like Bentley to be portrayed as a “bad guy.” Scenes or dialogue that show him being nice may or may not make it into the show. There are over 15 contestants on The Bachelorette and each one is boiled down to an easily identified characteristic. I have definitely had producers tell me to scrap a scene because it shows one of the characters we have labelled a “bad guy” in too good a light. This is as far as we can go in the time we have. We highlight the scenes that show the character in the role we want them to portray. The raw material has to be there for this portrayal to be successful or convincing. It’s unfortunate that a human being’s complex personality gets boiled down to a TV-friendly character in the reality genre but that’s the nature of the beast (and why I prefer to edit documentaries and fiction.)

    In this day and age though, every adult who signs up to be a part of a reality show knows that from the get-go. Every contestant is asked to sign a release that clearly states that his/her image and audio will be used at the discretion of the production company. Bentley was fully aware of all of this, therefore I don’t feel that bad for him. In any case his fifteen minutes will be up soon and by this time next year, not a soul will talking about Bentley Williams. Sure, his name may come up in the context of reality TV but that’s about it so he’ll go back to his regular life eventually. Not to worry.

    • June 26, 2011 at 4:29 am

      The teams you worked with obviously had a higher ethical standard than this crew. Almost every single word is edited from the original sound clip. Hard to imagine a long enough pause on every word to warrant these kinds of echos tones in the comments.

      Thanks for your comments.

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