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Vietnam's "The Bachelor" has (Bi)g reveal

by Shelby Toth - News Editor
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 10:00 pm
`The Bachelor  Vietnam` contestant Ming Thu shocked audiences when she decided to tell bachelor Quoc Trung Nguyen she had fallen in love with someone else, fellow contestant Truc Nhu. Confessing her feelings ended in heartbreak because after agreeing to leave with her, Nhu changed her mind last minute.
"The Bachelor Vietnam" contestant Ming Thu shocked audiences when she decided to tell bachelor Quoc Trung Nguyen she had fallen in love with someone else, fellow contestant Truc Nhu. Confessing her feelings ended in heartbreak because after agreeing to leave with her, Nhu changed her mind last minute.

Now this one, folks, is one for the gay history books.

Vietnam’s edition of “The Bachelor” was hit by one of the greatest plot twists in all of “Bachelor” history. According to Vulture and as seen in a trailer released by “The Bachelor: Vietnam,” contestant Minh Thu confessed to Bachelor Quoc Trung Nguyen that she had fallen in love. But it wasn’t with him.

Thu had fallen for a fellow contestant, Truc Nhu.

Thu then proceeded to ask Nhu to go home with her, and Nhu agreed. Nhu returned her rose, telling Trung Nguyen that she knew he’d “find someone who really loves [him],” and left with Thu. The trailer, posted on YouTube, has gotten over 1 million views. 

This should have been a big win and moment for the LGBT community. And yes, it was. But the story itself, unfortunately, doesn’t have a happy ending.

According to NBC News, an extended trailer has been released that depicts a “less-than-happy” ending for the couple, in which Nhu decided to stay on the show after saying she would leave with Thu.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a woman—love—woman relationship blossom from the “The Bachelor.” According to ET Online, two women on the Australia version of the show started a relationship after appearing on the show in 2016. However, the representation brought on by the Vietnam version is on a much grander scale, as it became a headline all across the world. 

Through this whole thing, the producer of the show has been adamant that they had no knowledge or influence on the reveal.

“Myself, the story producer, the director, the host… I think ‘jaw drop’ is the only way I can describe everybody’s face,” executive producer of the show Ann Tran told Vulture. Still, many are skeptical that this was a completely organic event, fueled solely by love. To those naysayers, I ask them to point out what Thu and Nhu could have gained from what happened being staged.

The courage it took for Thu to stand up and freely proclaim her love, especially in a country that, as noted by Vulture, does not legally recognize gay marriage or have employment protection for LGBT citizens. This isn’t the type of thing a sensible human being does for attention. Being gay should not be the only thing getting someone their 15 minutes of fame.

On a show like “The Bachelor,” there are an immeasurable amount of ways to make headlines: being gay is not one of them. While there exists some people out there who would pretend to be LGBT for the potential “attention” it can bring them, but that is not a majority of people, let alone those who make up the LGBT community. 

A stunt like the one Thu and Nhu can have real, long-lasting negative effects on someone’s life, such as problems in the workplace. If you’re willing to go through all of the social stigma and repercussions from “admitting” that you’re gay, you must be really starved for attention.

The only thing that struck me as odd about this story was the fact the original trailer showed the two women leaving together, but that it was revealed not long later through an extended cut of said trailer that the two women might not have lasted very long anyway.

The strangeness of that, though, is no fault of Thu or Nhu’s, but the executives in charge of the show. This points to the executives possibly using the situation to their full advantage and trying to push the event as much as possible in order to gain more LGBT viewers. This wouldn’t necessarily be bad, but it is a bit annoying for them to do it.

No matter, the fact that this kind of LGBT representation happened on such a public display is incredible and a big moment for the community. Even if the women didn’t end up together, there’s a good chance someone somewhere has been inspired by the event and feels more comfortable in their skin, or has the courage to come out to their closest friends or family. As long as that happens, it’s a win for the LGBT community.