Hannah Brown, star of “The Bachelorette,” revealed on Monday that she’d had sex four times with a contestant whom she subsequently eliminated as a contender for her love.
The premise of the ABC reality show features 25 men vying for the attentions of one single bachelorette, a role fulfilled by Brown this season.
While Brown, 25, previously admitted to twice having sex in a windmill with contestant Peter Weber, there was more to the story.
“I was a little dishonest about something,” Brown, said during the live segment of the fifteenth season’s Monday night finale. “Since it’s out there, and I did say there was something that Peter and I did twice … it was actually four times!”
Weber, who shared a stage with Brown while being interviewed by host Chris Harrison, laughed after hearing her remarks.
Both of the reality TV star’s parents were in attendance. Weber’s parents clapped and Brown’s smiled.
In an interview with People published on Thursday, Brown, who identifies as a Christian, spoke out regarding the “slut shaming” she’d endured from contestant Luke Parker.
“The conversation about sex can be hard for people to talk about and can make women and men feel a sense of shame,” the former Miss Alabama USA told the outlet. “But I can be a woman of faith and also be sex-positive.”
In July, Brown sent Parker, also a Christian, packing after he told her he would want to be sent home if she’d had sex with another contestant.
Brown took offense, admitting that she’d had “physical relations” with others on the show but that “Jesus still loves her.”
Reality TV theology and feminism
After being eliminated Parker took to Twitter and engaged Brown in a theological debate, saying that while he was “weeping” for his sin, while she was “laughing” at hers.
@luke_parker777 time and time again jesus loved and ate with “sinners” who laughed. and time and time again he rebuked “saints” that judged. where do you fall Luke? #TheBachelorette https://t.co/FlhZ5JbOCA
— Hannah Brown (@AlabamaHannah) July 16, 2019
Brown fired back, averring that Jesus “loved and ate with ‘sinners’ who laughed” and “rebuked ‘saints’ that judged.”
“There is a difference between eating with sinners who laugh and sinners who laugh at their sin,” Parker tweeted in reply.
The controversy comes as some Christian conservatives are grappling with how liberal culture is purportedly penetrating and corrupting the faith. However, there is disagreement over how to respond.
At one end, conservative journalist Sohrab Ahmari has called for a more aggressive approach, arguing that Christian accommodation of libertine morality based on a broadly liberal worldview has been disastrous thus far. In particular, Ahmari has railed against what he’s characterized as “David French-ism,” after the comparatively more moderate National Review columnist.
French, for his part, has responded to Ahmari’s criticism by advocating for a continued defense of traditional conservative values and averred that “no temporal ’emergency’ justifies abandoning classical liberalism.”