Abbie Chatfield responds to feminist backlash against her new dating show
By Ciara O’loughlin for Daily Mail Australia
March 11, 2023, 05:39, updated: March 11, 2023, 05:58
Abbie Chatfield may have the word ‘feminist’ tattooed on her arm, but she says her new reality show FBoy Island doesn’t pretend to be a ‘feminist documentary’.
The Bachelor star has now found herself hosting the new 10-part series, which will follow three women as they try to find love among 24 suitors.
But the twist is that half of the men are “f**k boys” and the other half are on the show to find love.
Despite the show’s premise that men have to convince women that they’re not gamers – even if they secretly are – Abbie told The Daily Telegraph that it’s actually a “feminist” TV show.
However, she also said that it doesn’t want to be anything it’s not, and it’s definitely not a serious show about feminism.
“We’re not The Bachelor or Love Island and we’re not pretending to be a political documentary about feminism,” she said.
“But in terms of reality shows and the scope of it, it’s quite feminist, the way we keep calling out FBoys and it’s run by women.”
Abbie said that unlike other dating shows, she leans into the humor of the situation as she calls out ‘F boys’ and ‘manages women’.
The 27-year-old media personality added that those who object to the show should not watch it.
She previously received backlash from a number of people, including Bachelor co-star Laura Byrne, for hosting the show as a feminist.
This came after Chatfield was questioned by a number of fans and told the show needed a bigger body size after the app asked contestants their weight.
While the new host encouraged plus-size women to apply for the show, the application form’s more shocking questions also came to light.
As her Instagram followers flocked to come forward, some were shocked to find out how many people they had slept with.
The radio host agreed it was an inappropriate question but could not explain why it was there and said he had no “power” to change it.
FBoy Island will air on Binge in July.