ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Gay Courtship on Vietnam’s ‘The Bachelor’ Turned Heads Abroad. Back Home? Meh.

09/25/2018 | New York Times

The contestant approached the man she had been publicly courting on live television, and confessed that the object of her affections had shifted. “It’s someone else,” she said, then walked off the set with a fellow female contestant. That plot twist, revealed in a trailer for the Vietnamese-language adaptation of “The Bachelor,” has set the internet ablaze. No two contestants on the show, which debuted in the United States in 2002 and later expanded overseas, have ever walked out of its elimination ceremony together. But in Vietnam, where the full episode was scheduled to air Tuesday night, the response has been muted, and news media coverage focused primarily on how the episode has been covered abroad.

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