This week’s undergraduate episode also served as the budget version of Mean Girls when new contestant Brittany Galvin was baselessly accused by Anna Redman of being an escort “entertaining men for money” in Chicago nightlife. Redman, a roommate in town, gleefully told several women what she thought was a great piece of gossip. She was made aware that people “went out of their way” to post their messages about Galvin on social media – though Redman said earlier in the episode, “I don’t even know her.” Galvin denied the allegations when confronted with Redman and a giggling group of nasties during a group appointment, but the damage was already done: if it’s true, a sex worker has come out and put her safety at risk on national television, and if not, it was a lie that further stigmatized and shamed an industry that was already plagued by an astonishing amount of policing.
In a series of Instagram stories posted Wednesday, Galvin, a working model, reiterated that the escort claims are false. She also spoke out in favor of sex workers who, thanks to various social media platforms, are being celebrated more and more in the cultural zeitgeist. “It’s 2021, do you know how prominent sex workers are in this world? Or how many people do OnlyFans have? Why are we still judging others? “She wrote. “Jealousy and hatred really come out when others are doing better in life, but why? Focus on yourself, and if you are not happy with your location, work on yourself. To be clear, I am not an escort. And for the people who are, don’t let others tear you down. Keep sharing your stories with me because they are all so powerful. I am here to support you as you do with me! “
Galvin added that it was important for her to respond a second time to the allegations as it is a unique circumstance to appear on The Bachelor. “If this had happened to me in the real world, I would wipe it off because I know my truth. But how would you react if someone tried to take advantage of you for the world with an allegation that could harm your career, reputation, and future relationships? “She explained. “Yeah, it was a shitty thing, but let’s not ruin someone’s life over it. Trying to bring down others is exactly what I don’t want. We’re bigger and better than that. ”At the end of Monday’s episode, fan-preferred candidate Katie Thurston, angry about repeated female bullying cases, brought her concern to Matt James himself. What he should do after the cliffhanger be interesting to develop.