During Monday's second episode of the new season of The Bachelor, two overly confident villains emerged — Cassidy Timbrooks and Shanae Ankney, with the latter especially slammed on social media by Bachelor Nation after she mocked a fellow contestant's mental health disorder.
It all started during the second group date, when Shanae got jealous over Elizabeth Corrigan getting close to the Bachelor, Clayton Echard. Shanae decided to tell Clayton that Elizabeth was "two-faced"; Shanae's reason being that Elizabeth allegedly ignored her during a conversation by the pool during the day after acting like a friend the day before.
Following those accusations, during a heart-to-heart conversation between the ladies, Elizabeth opened up to Shanae in an attempt to explain to her why she may have felt ignored.
"So I want to expose something about myself," Elizabeth told Shanae. "It's really hard for me to have multiple auditory inputs because I can't process the information. I have ADHD. I've had it really bad since I was a kid. Like, I was probably just really trying to concentrate on what Ency was trying to say to me, and maybe you had said something in the middle of her saying something and I just, I can't, like, hear it." However, it didn't seem like Shanae really heard what Elizabeth was saying, which is probably why, when they rejoined the rest of the ladies, Shanae had zero sensitivity toward Elizabeth and her mental health issues.
After telling the whole group Elizabeth has ADHD without her permission, Shanae dug an even deeper hole for herself when she stormed off saying, "Fake, fake, fake. ADHD, my ass. 100 percent."
Shanae just outed Elizabeth’s ADHD to the rest of the women and that is disgusting. Now she’s denying her mental health? DISGUSTING. #thebachelor
— Andi Dorfman Fans (@AndiDorfmanCrew) January 11, 2022
During the cocktail party the next night, there was still tension between Shanae and Elizabeth, who attempted to clear the air. However, after Shanae continued to throw Elizabeth's ADHD around as if it didn't matter, Elizabeth ultimately told Shanae, "I think this is really inappropriate," and "I really don't appreciate how you're coming at me, and if you'd like to apologize to me, I'll do so, but unfortunately, I'm not gonna engage in this conversation with you anymore."
"Well, I'm just saying, like, I have ADHD too. So, I'm not sure if anyone has heard, but she has ADHD, and it's really bad," said Shanae sarcastically.
Bachelor Nation quickly took to social media during the ladies' interaction with some thoughts:
— Here for the Rosé Podcast (@here4therosepod) January 11, 2022
— TSTT (@Toosexxytotweet) January 11, 2022
This storyline with her mocking her ADHD is not ok. Why would they even show this? #thebachelor
— Ashley T (she/her) (@AshTalksBach) January 11, 2022
shenae handwaving elizabeth's adhd is a problem because, as a society, people often use "omg i'm SO adhd/add" as an excuse and it can minimize the legitimacy of those neurodevelopmental disorders.
stop dismissing it. also educate yourselves. #thebachelor
— marissa (taylor's version) (@MarissaSaysWhat) January 11, 2022
I can't wait to read Shenae's *very sincere* notes app apology to the ADHD community #thebachelor
— Kat Ward (@kbward822) January 11, 2022
— Debby Clues (@DebbyClues) January 11, 2022
Unfortunately, due to all the drama, the episode did not end with the rose ceremony. However, both Shanae and Elizabeth were shown in the teaser trailer for the next episode, so it seems Clayton will ultimately decide to keep both women for a little longer.
Watch Clayton Echard's rough start to being 'The Bachelor' after one contestant denies his rose and another 'hated him':
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