'Bachelor' Fans Are Horrified By The Show's 'Degrading' Sausage Challenge

Fans Call 'Bachelor' Sausage Challenge 'Degrading'ABC

While The Bachelor's ratings are high this season, the ABC reality television series is drawing fresh backlash from a new episode. During a recent group date in Malta, contestants were given a controversial challenge: catch "wet and juicy" sausages in their mouth without using their hands.

The girls competed in a series a tests at the 18th century Fort Manoe, where Game of Thrones filmed. The date card read, "true love is worth fighting for."

"I’m a big Game of Thrones fan and this is where some of the show was filmed, so the fact that we’re doing this today, where Ned Stark was beheaded, is something that’s crazy," Joey told cameras. "Oops, sorry I know. I’m not supposed to say that. If you haven’t seen it, Ned Stark’s head gets cut off."

Not only were the contestants horrified over the group date task—"My mom watches this," Lea confessed before the challenge—but so were fans.

"Am I the only one that found that sausage challenge incredibly degrading? Bachelor producers are hitting a new low," one person wrote.

Another said, "this “catch the sausage in your mouth” bit on the Bachelor is some of the most degrading shit I’ve ever seen."

"What percentage of producers are flat out sociopaths?" a third user wrote. "The level of manipulation on the show to create drama with these women is out of control. The sausage thing was over the line."

Despite viewers absolutely hating the sausage challenge, Autumn came out on top and snagged some one-on-one time with Joey, which the girlie needs.

"As the group dates go on, you can see the connections that people have with Joey, and the way Joey looks at girls that he has spent more time with. It's just a little bit awkward," she complained earlier in the episode, before adding that she needs to find a way to "stand out" on the "pretty dang hard" group dates.

I mean, yeah they are—especially when you're getting slapped in the face with a sausage.

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