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The Bachelor Finale: Brad Picks Single Mom Emily – Is It Fair to Include Her Daughter on the Show?

By Sunny Chanel |

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It’s one thing to expose your own life to millions of strangers, but is it fair to bring your child into your exploitative reality TV world?

That’s one of the things about the latest uber-popular season of The Bachelor that ended on Monday night. The woman that Brad Womack picked and proposed to was single mom Emily Maynard. While some may have tried to keep their child out of the limelight, Maynard opted to integrate her 6-year-old daughter into the show. And not just as part of her life story and her real reality, but she even included her young daughter in one of the episodes.

Dating shows are notoriously scandalous, and the fact that Emily Maynard was a mom brought an interesting angle to program. Emily’s finance was killed in a plane crash back in 2004, and soon after Emily discovered she was pregnant with his child. It was a heart-breaking scenario, one that touched the audience and won her many fans.

But Emily’s life story added more pressure. If Brad picked Emily he would get not just a wife but an “instant family.” Emily and her daughter Ricki were a package deal. Such a package deal that she agreed to have Ricki shown on the show on an episode with Brad trying his best to win her over. It was awkward to watch but he brought a kite so that seemed to help thing.

But the big question may be, if it wasn’t dating show, would this even be a topic of conversation? If it was a cooking show, or diet show, would it seem odd? Is it because it’s a dating show full of make out sessions and seductions that the inclusion of a child seems off? Does this just reflect the plight of a single mom trying to find a good man how ever she can?

Photo: ABC

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Since 2007 Sunny Chanel has written thousands of pieces for Babble. She currently writes for Babble's celebrity, moms, and Disney voices sections and has her own blog aptly named Sunny Chanel. You can find Sunny on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sunny's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The Bachelor Finale: Brad Picks Single Mom Emily – Is It Fair to Include Her Daughter on the Show?

  1. Gretchen Powers says:

    What I would worry about it what parading oneself like chattel in a bizarre competition for a man’s affections teaches her daughter. Maybe her head’s not right after losing her husband, though.

  2. Manjari says:

    I have never seen this show, but from what I’ve heard about I agree with Gretchen’s comment. What a weird thing to do, and what an awful message to send your child.

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