A group of Bachelor contestants is, once again, facing blowback for allegedly doing something for the wrong reasons.
This time, the drama centers on the use of the Paycheck Protection Program, an effort designed by the federal government to provide forgivable loans to small businesses that were struggling during the pandemic. The program, colloquially known as PPP, was intended to be flexible: Most businesses or nonprofits with 500 employees or fewer were able to apply in the first round of funding.
Among those who managed to take advantage of it were stars of the Bachelor reality television franchise, prompting new uproar over famous, seemingly well-off individuals receiving federal funding meant for struggling small businesses. This revelation follows past news of chains like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris, and companies run by celebrities like Kanye West, Reese Witherspoon, and Tom Brady, also receiving these loans.