Ben & Amanda's McDonald's Date On 'The Bachelor' Was So Awkward & Fans Are Reacting Accordingly
Finessing product placement typically isn't any television show or movie's strong point, but hideously Ben and Amanda's awkward date to McDonald's on this week's episode of The Bachelor was next-level strange. Yes, you read that right: Ben took Amanda, mom of two, to his local hometown McDonald's on their one-on-one date for some late night breakfast in an ever-so-subtle promotion of McDonald's new all-day breakfast menu. Interesting, to say the least.
Ben tried his best to play off the purpose of the date as wanting to do a "normal thing" in his hometown, because the whole point of bringing the women to Warsaw, Indiana is to show them normal things he would be doing at home. But after forcing poor Amanda to eat an Egg McMuffin on camera, production made it pretty clear that the date was just serving as one big McDonald's commercial.
Oh, and the exclusive, very special, VIP Bachelor experience which Ben and Amanda got to take advantage of on their one-on-one date? Strapping on some headsets and working the drive-thru, of course!
Most of the ladies pulling up to the drive-thru recognized Ben as "the guy from The Bachelor", though they almost certainly never pictured a Bachelor episode where a one-on-one date's rose is delicately draped across a McDonald's tray.
Equally appalled that Ben was taking a contestant to McDonald's for a one-on-one date was Bachelor Nation, which took to Twitter to express its thoughts:
My jaw is literally DROPPING at this McDonald's advertisement. Literally no words #TheBachelor— TheBachBabes (@TheBachBabes) February 16, 2016
Why in the hell are they at McDonalds? #TheBachelor— Princess Problems (@PrincessProbz) February 16, 2016
We're now in the "what am I doing/why am I here" portion of #TheBachelor. Ben and Amanda's "date" at McDonald's make me ask the same thing.— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) February 16, 2016
No. No. No. No. No. He did not take her to McDonald's to promote breakfast all day. Bad producers, bad! #TheBachelor— Anon Bachelor Fan (@AnonBachelorFan) February 16, 2016
Why in the hell have you always wanted to get behind the counter at a McDonalds? #TheBachelor— Princess Problems (@PrincessProbz) February 16, 2016
My date would have ended the second we pulled into McDonalds. #TheBachelor— Clare's Raccoon (@Clares__Raccoon) February 16, 2016
And that shameless product placement was not fooling anyone.
Ben & Amanda go to McDonald's. Huh. We wonder if this has anything to do with, I don't know, ALL THE ADS THEY'VE BEEN RUNNING. #TheBachelor— Bachelor Burn Book (@bachelorburnbk) February 16, 2016
Switched to ABC for #TheBachelor but it's a commercial for McDonald's! Oh wait...Ben? Amanda?— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) February 16, 2016
LMFAOOO McDonald's def paid for this low key promo #TheBachelor— Chelsey Dash (@BombshellChels) February 16, 2016
Leave it to a one-on-one at McDonald's to make generic group hot tub dates look appealing. Maybe next season, save the all-day breakfast product placement for post-rose ceremony drunk munchies.