Virginia is for haters.
That's what The Bachelorette found out in Monday's episode, where Becca and the boys took a trip to Richmond that was underwritten by the state tourism board, and fans weren't buying their effusive praise of the Commonwealth. The episode opened with a nearly four-minute tourism pitch that was excessive even by the franchise's "____ is the perfect place to fall in love" sponsorship semi-disclosures. Around the time Leo said, "Just like Virginia birthed the nation, I hope that it births a relationship that really lasts with Becca," fans were calling bull. Because Virginia is nice. But it ain't romantic like Paris with beaches like Fiji.
The Virginia slander on Twitter was the best part of an otherwise lackluster episode.
I mean, nothing against Virginia but....— Diggy Moreland (@diggymoreland) July 3, 2018
That's it. That's all I gotta say.#TheBachelorette
i'm so weak the bachelorette is in richmond this week and the way they're talking about virginia is killing me oh my god— cam misses h (@sensitivehes) July 3, 2018
A lot of fans seem to be unfamiliar with Virgina's famous slogan "Virginia Is for Lovers," which is weird. I'm not sure how you can live in America and not have heard that. I mean, the whole point of why The Bachelorette was in Virginia was to say "Virginia is for lovers" 97 times.
Ok but seriously why do they say "Virginia is for lovers?" They have not stopped saying it on the bachelorette lawdddd— MichelleDegs (@_ShellllDegs) July 3, 2018
Remember when this show used to go all over the world all the time? The budget ain't what it used to be.
The production budget now only allows for a few drinks at a noisy bar in Richmond, Virginia #TheBachelorette— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) July 3, 2018
Richmond, Virginia? I guess they wasted all of this years budget on that racecar nerd #TheBachelorette— Bachelor Nation (@Bachelor_Nation) July 3, 2018
They didn't even do telegenic stuff while in Virginia. Becca and Jason went to an "unhappy hour" at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum where a bunch of nerds were doing goth stuff. They visited Edgar Allan Poe's mother's grave. They were apparently supposed to go whitewater rafting but the weather was bad, so this was the back-up. Personally, I would enjoy the Poe museum much more than whitewater rafting, which is one of many reasons why I would be a terrible Bachelorette contestant.
But that wasn't even close to being the weirdest thing that happened in Virginia. No, the weirdest thing was that the actual sitting governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia made an extended appearance. Ralph Northam, wyd?
Right now on ABC. Ralph Northam(Virginia's Governor) Chris Harrison, a man dressed as Abe Lincoln and a man dressed as George Washington are moderating a debate between a bunch of dudes about relationships on the steps of the Virginia Capitol #TheBachelorette— Josh Neighbors (@JoshNeighbors_) July 3, 2018
Wait...why is the Governor of Virginia actually taking an active role on this episode of the Bachelorette? Is tourism down?— Stacy Raker Howlett (@stacychowlett) July 3, 2018
(Yes, Stacy, that's exactly right.)
WHY WAS THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA ON THE BACHELORETTE DID HE HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO!?!?— The Ripped Bodice (@TheRippedBodice) July 3, 2018
How did the constituents of Virginia feel about their governor spending the day filming an episode of #TheBachelorette 🙃— Emma Caroline (@emma_smocz) July 3, 2018
The Washington Post got to the bottom of how and why Northram's appearance happened. As you could probably guess, it was to impress his daughter.
All in all, very weird episode! I'll leave you with this:
This is it. This is the exact moment Chris Harrison, sitting at a Bachelor Debate in Richmond Virginia, finally questioned, "what the hell am I doing with my life?"@chrisbharrison #TheBachelorette #Bachelorette #BachelorNation pic.twitter.com/lLEJYlUqcU— StevenM (@mobster84) July 3, 2018
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.