Did you know that old people are capable of dating 25 people at the same time too?
Back in 2020, Bachelor Nation thought it was breaking barriers with their guest Clare Crawley who was “looking for love” at 39. This would have been an amazing opportunity to cast some older contestants, but unfortunately, the oldest contender to vie for Clare’s heart was 40. Womp Womp.
However, Bachelor Nation is back for redemption with Gerry Turner, a 71 year old widower with two daughters from Indiana. While the contestants haven’t been revealed, we’re hoping for some contestants who match his age. As talented as he is, we don’t need another Leonardo DiCaprio who will not date a woman over 25.
Turner has said that he’s looking for somebody to enjoy his later years in life with. He is reminding watchers that it's “never too late to fall in love.”
Is Bachelor Nation even aware of the stereotypes that they are SHATTERING with this new spinoff show? When many think of 70 year olds, they envision white hair, maybe a walker, and some clothes that look like they are straight out of the 1980s. They certainly don’t picture Turner, a well groomed Silver Fox in a gray suit who looks like he still works out 6 days a week. The trailer even said "He posts his thirst traps in a leather-bound album. His DMs have postage,” They’re even calling his salt and peppered gray hair “wisdom highlights.” That’s awesome.
Even better, it doesn’t seem like the contestants are going to be only playing Bridge and Mahjong together, or doing any knitting (not that there's anything wrong with that). Turner has said that he wants to find “Someone who [is] high-energy. Someone who maybe plays pickleball; someone who maybe plays golf." Thank you Gerry Turner for reminding us that older people can lead very active, busy lives in retirement.
A big props to bachelor nation for celebrating getting older and showing that aging comes with security, family, wisdom, memories, and relaxation - you name it; there’s just so much good that never gets addressed, and it is so refreshing that a major television network now cares about it!. It could be so much worse . Let’s be honest, they could’ve called him the geriatric or ancient bachelor, but instead he is “golden.”
YES. This is what we’ve been saying. Are we as a society turning a page? Are more dating shows going to follow in the Golden Bachelor’s Footsteps? If a powerhouse network like ABC is addressing this, the future looks optimistic. So excited to watch the Golden Bachelor.