Who is Real Chad Johnson, Really?
Often we have to wait a bit to find out who the season villain or drama queen will be. This year, it took til halfway through Episode 2 for Jojo Fletcher’s to surface: Chad Johnson. As Alex said, “The house is divided. Winter is coming.”
Let’s start with my nickname for him: “The Chadillac,” like a character from a Will Ferrell movie or a frat boy name. I will say I think it’s pretty clear Jojo seems at least somewhat turned off by Mr. Un-figure-out-able by the end of the night — sending a message by giving him the last rose at the rose ceremony.
I’m not going to lie, I was completely entertained by Chad. Do I think he’s a match for our girl Jo? 100% NO! But I like people who just don’t give a damn and this mo fo clearly doesn’t.
It’s fascinating to me that he has completely owned his villain title. I hate to admit it, but I am one of those people that likes to be liked, believe it or not. If you read my book or interview with Olivia, we both were naive to the story line making us into villains and it pained us both. But the CHAD seems to be relishing in it…
The Chadillac seems to be a brand new breed of villain. I can’t help but wonder if he went into this wanting to be the villain? Whether you love him or hate him, you’ve gotta admit he has some funny lines. Besides how boring would this show be without a villain?
While the guys back at the ranch were busy singing songs about Jojo — a little cheesy for my taste, but okay — Chad was cracking jokes in his confessionals. I will say that contestants spend every waking minute together, so it does feels good to blow off steam, and talk a little $h!t with someone who isn’t dating the person you’ve put your life on hold for… in the privacy of a confessional. But FYI, that’s one of the things that got me in the most trouble.
In his confessionals, Chad breathes fire at every contestant, referring to James as a high school sweetheart, mentioning that Christian doesn’t know how to be real, saying that Nick is trying too hard, and that Jordan is going to kiss her ass constantly. “She wants a man,” he added.
I’m sure no one missed that he was chewing his food during his interviews, the entire cocktail party, and even throughout the Rose Ceremony. That’s gotta be a first in Bachelor history editing.
He jokingly called Jojo “a little naggy” during the group date. I personally like it when a guy pokes fun at me, but the other guys didn’t, and at this point, he could say anything and all the guys would still jump down his throat. Once the pack is against you, there is no turning back. Trust me I’ve tried.
And then there was this little gem, which he dropped at the fellas: “You’ve gone a full life without seeing Jojo, you can’t go a day or two? She’ll be here next week.”
His best line of the episode came right after the men confronted him, mocking them. “’Hey, you hurt our feelings, we’re a bunch of butt hurt dudes who are going to confront you slightly.’ It’s like if the Care Bears surrounded you and told you they were going to kick your ass.”
At first I thought maybe he was just drunk, considering all the meat being consumed. But after watching with a closer eye, he never really seemed wasted to me.
Just out of curiosity I did a little research and even checked out his Instagram account. Of course there are a lot of shirtless photos, as to be expected from the guy who did pullups with his suitcase hanging from his waist. (Insider tip: it’s possible he had a full-on interview about how not being able to work out was affecting his mood, and then they shot that scene, and left the reason behind it out. Food for thought — happens all the time.) But by the looks of his social media, he seems to be doing just fine with his new status and even seems to be enjoying it.
He might be playing up his new character a little too hard for my taste; I would like to see the more down to earth side of him. But the show is at the point where we first see someone go from a normal Joe Schmo, to a reality star. And you can tell just by the content of their posts.
We see this type of social media behavior all the time, from plenty other contestants coming off their seasons. It almost makes people seem like super fans, not only of the show, but themselves.
We live in a world where everything is shared via social media, and plenty of people have parlayed their TV appearances into major dollars by gaining a following. And considering we do the show for free, I won’t be surprised if we continue to see this new breed of villain.
If you didn’t hear, he also bought a bunch of domain names, including the names of four contestants from his season, plus joelle-fletcher.com, realitystevebachelor.com, Realitystevebachelorette.com. Oh, and they all lead back to his Instagram account. I believe that, friends, is how you master cyber trolling.
The rumor swirling around Bachelor Nation is that Chad is on his way to film Bachelor in Paradise… If so, I’ll definitely be watching and I can’t wait to see him at the Men Tell All; I’m sure he’ll come out with guns blazing! I think it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing any apology, or man tears from this guy.
Based on previews, this ain’t gonna be pretty where Chad is involved. There’s a lot of fighting and yelling, and only some looks lunch meat-fueled. But if he’s really going on Bachelor in Paradise, he will probably burn down the whole camp.
Here’s what I’d like to see from Chad: maybe he makes some guy friends in paradise, finds love for at least a couple episodes, and uses some of that aggression to stand up for his leading lady. I would also love to see him stop talking with his mouth full of food or use his social media following for a good cause. But hey, this is reality TV.