Apparently, single dads are the latest hot thing. At least, if you follow dating reality shows they are.
Take Jason Mesnick, the good-looking, educated, single dad, whom DeAnna Pappas rejected on ABC’s Bachelorette.
Some of my friends have joked that I should go after him. But the man is already flocked by hundreds of women. I’m not kidding. Jason, the 32-year-old father of three-year-old Ty, even has a personal email account just for his female fans.
Believe it or not, this is his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Pappas told Jason in the finale that her “heart is somewhere else,” his fans overloaded his MySpace account with comments and then bombarded ABC with requests to get in touch with him.
I even found a few women who set up their own MySpace pages in honor of Jason, where they’ve petitioned The Bachelor — ABC’s male version of the show — to have Jason on. Guess what? They got their wish.
“I’m very excited to see him find love, but I can’t help but wonder, what if it were a single woman who had left her child at home to appear on The Bachelor? Then after hemming and hawing about how much she missed her child, she signed on to the be star of The Bachelorette the following season? I think people would be repulsed.”
Here’s what I want to know:
If Jason really wants to find a life partner, why doesn’t follow up with a handful of the 100s of women who’ve emailed him? Why is he going on another reality show — and putting his son on reality TV?
Single dads out there, would you love to put yourself in Jason’s shoes? Why? Why not?
To all of you: Is Jason Mesnick really lookin’ for love… or fame? What do you think?
The Bachelor is scheduled to premiere in January 2009.
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