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Minnesota lawmaker writes bill to ban Arie from ‘The Bachelor’ once and for all
After this season’s racecar driver Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. broke one of his contestant’s hearts in the finale, her local Minnesota state representative is defending her honor with a newly drafted bill.
It started Monday after the reality dating show’s final episode. Arie had initially picked Becca K. (of Minnesota) to be his fiancee, but he called the engagement off just weeks after the proposal. The Bachelor had apparently changed his mind and dumped Becca with cameras rolling so he could be with Lauren, the contestant he’d initially dumped at the final rose ceremony. It was brutal, to say the least. Every review is essentially, “Ow. That was painful to watch.”
In the time between taping and the episodes airing, Becca K. had reportedly returned home to process the information in peace. ABC has also announced that she will be the next Bachelorette, so she still has a shot at network television romance too. But her local Rep. Drew Christensen (R-Prior Lake) wanted to do a little something extra for the heartbroken Minnesotan. Late Monday after the three-hour finale had aired, Christensen offered an idea to his constituents on Twitter that would ensure Arie never came knocking on Becca’s door: “If this gets a thousand retweets I’ll author a bill banning Arie from Minnesota.”
— Rep. Drew Christensen (@RepChristensen) March 6, 2018
The tweet racked up over 11,000 RTs—more than enough to prove interest to Christensen—so he kept his word and had a bill drafted and on his desk by Wednesday evening.
“The state of Minnesota hereby adopts a policy of zero tolerance for Arie Luyendyk, Jr. from season 22 of The Bachelor. It is state policy that every person in the state has a right to live free from the presence of Arie Luyendyk, Jr. in the state,” the bill reads in full. Doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Christensen even shared a photo of his signature on the dotted line.
— Rep. Drew Christensen (@RepChristensen) March 8, 2018
Whether the bill actually gets passed into law is a separate matter, but at least Becca K. knows her home state has her back.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.