Last season’s Bachie runner-up Abbie Chatfield has taken to Instagram to criticise the double standards between how she was treated and how this season’s Ciarran is being treated.
Throughout Matt Agnew’s season of The Bachelor, fans had mixed vibes about Abbie. She was the favourite, then the enemy, and by the end most of us were left feeling quite sorry for the heartbroken 24-year-old.
But since the show wrapped this time last month, Abbie has been doing the media rounds, sharing her hot takes on everything from slut-shaming to Rachael and Vakoo’s relationship. So obviously, it was no surprise when she posted this full-blown grape nude on Instagram this afternoon.
“Ok I’m nervous AF about posting this due to possible backlash, but nothing will change if we all just shut up right? Yes, sorry you guys, it’s another feminist rant,” she began the lengthy caption.
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Ok I’m nervous AF about posting this due to the possible backlash, but nothing will change if we all just shut up right? Yes, sorry guys, it’s another feminist rant. Last week on The Bachelorette, fan fav Ciarran stripped down to nothing as part of a group date. In the same week, he admitted he used to dance in bars and has had a nose job. This caused Australia (including me) to fall even further in love with him, admiring his confidence, sense of humour and cheeky behaviour. The fact that he was so open about usually taboo topics was AMAZING. We simply must stan. However, the comment section on every social media post of Ciarran’s photo was full of ???? and ???? emojis. It was an awesome and iconic moment in Australian TV. While I LOVE that the majority of the public got behind Ciarran, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if the gender roles had been reversed. What if I had been on a group date, offered to strip down to nothing and posed nude on National TV? What if in the same week I had shared that I had had plastic surgery and had danced in night clubs?!I can imagine the nation would riot. I’m sure I’d be accused of being cocky, not confident, attention seeking, not funny, “slutty” (not that that means anything), not cheeky and “fake”, not just comfortable enough to admit to having surgery. As we know from another one of my ranty posts, I got slut shamed HARD while on Bachie. When I wore a short skirt, I got messages saying that I was unworthy and unlovable for showing some skin. In contrast, Ciarran’s nudity made him a clear contender for Angie’s heart, his confidence being a quality that many women look for in a partner. I can only IMAGINE the public outcry if I had done the same as Ciarran, and had uploaded a photo of me with nothing but grapes covering me. So let’s not imagine. Here’s me doing a Ciarran. Let’s see how this goes hey!
Throughout the lengthy caption, Abbie likened herself to Ciarran from this season of The Bachelorette and was quick to point out that if the roles were reversed, we wouldn’t all be complimenting her confidence for getting her rig out on national television.
She references his honesty about his plastic surgery, his willingness to get starkers in front of everyone, as well as his transparency about dancing in bars in his past. Abbie discussed how these were all signs of a confident man. A man we’d want to fall in love with. An immediate front-runner for Angie’s heart.
But if the tables were turned, she said, the feedback would be wildly different. Abbie proposed a role reversal, asking her audience what would’ve happened if she was the one to be naked, open and honest about her past.
“What if I had been on a group date, offered to strip down to nothing and posed nude on National TV? What if in the same week I had shared that I had had plastic surgery and had danced in night clubs?!I can imagine the nation would riot,” she said.
“I’m sure I’d be accused of being cocky, not confident, attention seeking, not funny, “slutty” (not that that means anything), not cheeky and “fake”, not just comfortable enough to admit to having surgery.”
The post has been met with some pretty mixed responses, with some fans praising her “feminist rant”, while others felt like she “needs to move past [her] Bachie experience.”
She’s not wrong in her opinion, and as an avid viewer of the show, it did make me question how I would’ve reacted if the tables were turned. However, it begs the question, is she doing this to hold on to the fame and drama of last season’s Bachie, or is this a cause she’s truly passionate about moving forward?
Now, we’ve all been pretty strong supporters of Abbie from day one, but the show has been over for us for an entire month now, and for her, even longer. I think it’s time we all move on from Matt Agnew’s season of The Bachelor.
If Abbie wants to use her platform to discuss important issues like feminism, I’m all about it. But for the love of Osher Gunsberg, can we PLEASE stop talking about Matt Agnew’s season already? I’m begging you.