Is Bullying Worse In The Bachelor Mansion Or Australian Politics?
"I'm the Tony Abbott of the Bachelor mansion."
Never on a season of The Bachelor has the word "bullying" been thrown around quite so much.
The 'snakes', as they were dubbed -- a.k.a. Cat, Romy and Alisha -- all ceremoniously and unceremoniously exited the house this week. Cat was asked to leave by Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins himself, Romy didn't accept her rose, and Alisha simply didn't get one.
It followed a nasty incident where another girl, Tenille, quite literally walked out of the house after being sniped at about a kiss with Nick. Accusations of bullying and gaslighting have been thrown around.
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But it's not the only place we've seen talk about bullying in recent weeks. Accusations of back-stabbing, bitching, strong-arming, sniping, and every other adjective of 'bullying' there is have also been levelled at the halls of parliament and those who walk in them.
Luckily, there's someone we can ask about which is worse: Alisha Aitken-Radburn, who before she was a Bachelor-hopeful was a staffer for Bill Shorten.
"I think we need to remember that The Bachelor is a reality TV show," she told ten daily, although she did admit that watching some of the episodes back made her question some comments.
"It's a produced show, it's edited, it's entertainment at the end of the day. I tell you what's not entertainment: the Australian government."
Since the Liberal party rolled its leader -- again -- accusations of bullying to get party room numbers have flown thick and fast.
Julia Banks recently called out the "scourge of cultural and gender bias, bullying and intimidation" of women in all sides of politics, and Julie Bishop said that she'd "witnessed and experienced some appalling behaviour in parliament, the kind of behaviour" that would not be accepted in any other workplace.
And it's not just the Liberal party; accusations of bullying have been squared at Labor's Emma Hussar, and former Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has been accused of calling women "hairy-legged feminists" and "fat, hairy lesbians".
Unsurprisingly, Alisha -- who now works for NSW Labor -- would not comment on her own party, but said that it was clear that bullying was "pervasive" within the Liberal one.
"You've got Julie Bishop coming out and absolutely drilling all of her former colleagues, saying that their behaviour is unacceptable -- she's right, it's not acceptable in any place -- and I think it also speaks to something on a more deeper level of the chaos that is happening within the party."
As for how someone, whether fairly or unfairly, manages to return to politics after The Bachelor and be taken seriously, Alisha says that it hasn't been a problem -- apart from a few naysayers.
"When I got out of the mansion, I had a few messages on Facebook being like, hmm interesting career choice," she said.
"There have been people who definitely felt like they want to throw their two cents in.
"I've had people say that I'm degrading myself or that I'm anti-feminist, my perspective on it is that I knew what I was signing up for, it's a TV show, it's entertainment."
She also called herself the "Tony Abbott" of the house -- which totally make sense, if you think about it.
"I'm a bit messy, love the drama. Out of Cat and Romy, you've got a fight on their hands as to who's Peter Dutton."
So who's the Bill Shorten of the house? "A wifey." Duh.