The latest parody of The Bachelor was on Saturday Night Live this weekend, with Blake Shelton as “Farm Hunk,” obviously Chris Soules. Based on some headlines — “Blake Shelton mercilessly mocks every bit of ‘The Bachelor’,” “This Bachelor Parody Was Blake Shelton’s Best SNL Sketch” — I was expecting something, you know, funny or scathing.
It’s neither. The best thing the sketch has going for it is the “Can I borrow him for a minute?” repetition, and Blake’s line that offhandedly references the show’s racism. Funny, but if that was the best sketch SNL had to offer, well, yikes.
Along with The Real Housewives parodies, The Bachelor parodies have been done so much and so often that everything that can be done has been well done already. Heck, there was even a baby Bachelor. Watch Burning Love for what will probably stand forever as the most well-developed parody of the ABC series. It’s such a well-worn target that the only thing that can really work is specificity, perhaps like something like having Chris Harrison excitedly reveal a contestant’s death.
The Bachelor has made itself a very easy target, but those easy jokes have been made so many times already that they automatically feel tired (like jokes about SNL not being funny any more). Maybe it’s time to just let the show parody itself.