Sarah Silverman: The Message ‘The Bachelor’ Sends to Young Women is ‘Offensive’

by | April 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM | The Conversation

Sarah Silverman on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet (Lifetime)

Sarah Silverman may watch “The Bachelor” — but that doesn’t mean approves of the show’s message.

On Thursday’s premiere episode of Lifetime’s new candid interview series, “The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet,” Silverman echoed the recent sentiments of Barbara Walters in expressing her distaste for the reality dating series.

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“I’ll tell you what’s offensive: these shows that are on television, on ABC during primetime,” Silverman said. “Twenty-five women in JC Penney prom dresses, fully grown, going, ‘He took us to a castle!’ No he didn’t. Producers procured a castle! And there’s 25 of you — that’s how special you aren’t.”

During a March episode of “The View,” Walters said she was “deeply offended” by “The Bachelor,” adding, “I think this show is such a degradation to women.”

Silverman admitted concern over the hazardous effects shows like “The Bachelor” and Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise have on young women in particular.

“I feel like I can handle it,” she said of her own viewing habits.  “But I think, ‘Wow, some young girl is watching this, and there should be a warning saying, ‘This is not acceptable behavior,’” she confessed. “The biggest thing that a woman should realize is that there is not just one slot for a woman in any given thing. I think that’s something that society — men and women both — have enforced. It’s in the ether that one woman’s success can only come at another woman’s failure.” Watch below:

The topic of “conversation” in Thursday’s premiere was “Love and Loss.”  In addition to Silverman, de Cadenet also spoke to Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana and Jane Fonda, with Paltrow sharing a heartbreaking story about her father’s final days and her own battle with postpartum depression after the birth of her son Moses. Click below to watch Paltrow’s portion of “The Conversation”: