How Weird is Being a Mormon? The Bachelorette's Opinion.
Rob said on the podcast recently that we will all learn about the 'weirdness' of the Mormon faith from now until Election Day.
There are antidotes – antivenoms, if you wish, but for my suggestion of how to deal with the anticipated attack on the Mormon faith, I will need to reveal a deep secret: I watch The Bachelorette. And since few males watch this program, the conservative male opinion leaders may miss a wonderful opportunity to influence the very important demographic of women voters.
If you can bear to get through a few facts from a reality show, you will see why I am flagging it for attention. Sunday was the season finale and Emily picked her fiancé. She chose Jef, with one f. Why care?
Jef, with one f, is a Mormon. The Bachelorette picked a Mormon!
Again, why care?
Millions of women watched this season over the past 10 weeks, two hours per show. When they found out Jef Holm was a Mormon, at first, the comment boards filled up with “Mormonism is like Scientology” and “Mormons are weird.” As the season continued, it became clear that Jef was fun, had a keen sense of style, and was well-liked by the other male contestants. The show visited Jef’s home and the Mormon clan were not wearing all black, but looked rather as if they had just stepped out of a Ralph Lauren catalog, American flag style. They were loving, family-oriented, good looking (not strange) people who welcomed Emily to the family ranch. Jef even got Emily to shoot guns!
But I digress.
Millions of women watched Jef court Emily in a respectful manner. He refused the sleepover in the Fantasy Suite. He is also not moving in with her now that the show is over. In the many years of this reality show, this male behavior has never been displayed ... until Jef, the Mormon.
When I posted a comment that Jef is teaching America how to court and prepare for a long marriage, I received a deluge of “likes.”
As I type this, millions of women are tweeting and blogging about Jef. Imagine if this social media conversation became blogs, tweets and YouTube videos about Jef, the Mormon. Emily, The Bachelorette, picked Mormon values over the handsome race car driver because, she said "I could see the long term commitment."
Ricochet talks about using popular culture to teach conservative principles and Jef is a very good example. We are told that elections are won on trivial, emotional points, like JFK looking tanned and relaxed on TV, while Nixon looked sweaty. If the story of Jef, the Mormon, and Emily could get promoted while the MSM is trying to begin the “Mormonism is weird” story, the bubble would burst very quickly. Women would not want their Jef attacked.
Final question, as Peter would say: Do you think Jef also kind of looks like Romney?