All hail Demi Burnett, Bachelor Nation’s new Meme Queen! Demi may have dodged the drama on Monday night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise (she’s comfortably loved up with Kristian Haggerty) but it was the dodging that had us howling. Demi blessedly stole the spotlight numerous times with her candid facial expressions while John Paul Jones (henceforth known as JPJ), made a complete fool of himself fighting over and breaking up with women.
We’re used to watching Bachelors and Bachelorettes make mind-boggling choices and do quadruple-full backflips to justify them, but what a relief to finally have someone onscreen acknowledge how bonkers this whole thing is. There’s no BS-ing Demi. She’s serving us Jim-from-The-Office face and we are in love.
— hayley (@jenniesIucifer) September 3, 2019
Those reaction shots (which, yes, we will be using for everything for the foreseeable future) are from this scene where JPJ tried to explain to Haley Ferguson how he was testing the waters by going on a date with her, but is really into Tayshia Adams more. It’s not his fault though. Nothing is—hence Demi’s obvious perplexed state.
Being the Meme Queen she is, Demi spent the entirety of the episode (which films months in advance), retweeting viewers’ reactions to her reactions. She’s a woman who knows her brand and she’s going to keep producing what the public demands—rare doses of Bachelor honesty.
I’m just here to make memes #BachelorInParadise
— Demi Burnett (@demi_burnett) September 3, 2019
It’s not just the refreshing candid reactions that set Demi apart—the Bachelorette made headlines last month for changing all the rules by striking up the first ever same-sex Bachelor Nation relationship. In an episode ark back in August, Demi confided in BFF and Bachelorette alum, Hannah Brown, that while she was happy in her coupling with Derek Peth on the show, she was really missing a woman she had been in a relationship with before filming began. In an unprecedented turn of events, the powers that be brought the woman, Kristian, onto the show so Demi could explore their relationship further.
Not only did the move mean Demi got to stay on Paradise, it gifted us the joy of watching Demi and Kristian unabashedly judge the rest of the cast from the comfort of their own seemingly drama-free relationship.
— elle 🌸 (@majestymaca) September 3, 2019
In conclusion, Demi = good; JPJ needs to check himself; and the world needs a spin-off series where Demi and Kristian recap and comment on every episode of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise until the end of time. Thank you for coming to our TED Talk.