by HALEY MILLAN Editor-in-chief
“The Bachelor” season finale aired Monday, March 10 and was the most controversial season ending in Bachelor history.
High hopes were held for Juan Pablo Galavis, the 18th member of the Bachelor line. He declared that he was a dedicated father of his little girl, and many women were charmed by his accent and good looks; however, by the end of the season, many began to see his true colors.
After eight weeks, Galavis eliminated 25 girls and was left with his top two choices.
The two finalists, Clare Cawley and Nikki Ferrell, were able to meet Galavis’s family in St. Lucia. Viewers were surprised when Galavis’s parents warned the women about his sour personality.
His father said, “He’s not an easy guy.”
Even though the women were fairly warned that Galavis could be rude, they both said they could handle his temper. The two women had no second doubts about their dream man and went out with him for a final date.
During Galavis and Cawley’s date, the couple enjoyed a helicopter ride. However, when the cameras stopped rolling and the microphones were shut off, Galavis allegedly said some offensive words to Cawley.
Cawley later spoke about the incident on camera, saying, “[He said] that he really doesn’t know me and some sexual thing I don’t even want to repeat. It was insulting. It was offensive and it just made me feel awful.”
Though Cawley was deeply hurt by Galavis’s words, she quickly forgave him. In the same conversation, she even brought up having children together.
Senior Melissa Pontoriero says, “I think Clare embarrassed herself in front of the country. She said she was more than her body, but then gave into him and fell in love all over again. That’s the worst kind of thing a girl can do.”
Finally, it was time for Galavis to make a decision on which girl he wanted.
Cawley walked in first, eagerly hoping for the engagement ring. However, Galavis told her that he had to say goodbye. This was too much for Cawley, who then told Galavis off. As she walked away, Galavis openly stated he was happy he did not choose her.
Ferrel was next to walk in. Galavis revealed that he knew he needed to keep her, but he was not sure if he should propose. He kept the ring from Ferrel and opted not to get engaged.
He also refrained from telling Nikki that he loved her; he merely said, “I like you a lot.”
The season ended with no proposal, and with many angry at Galavis. He has since been openly called a liar. He responds to the hate by repeating that he has a private life and wants to keep it private.
“It’s a fake, unrealistic set up of two people that mess around and then break up after the show,” says senior Danielle Rutsky.
What do you think about Galavis’s insincere actions?