Leah Costa of Bachelor in Paradise explains her ‘engagement’ was a prank
In a pretty unusual turn of events, Bachelor In Paradise alumna Leah Costa has announced that the “engagement ring” she has been flashing around all over the dang place is, in fact, a big nothing and the whole deception was part of a plan to teach everyone a lesson about the media...
The blonde reality TV contestant’s, um, experiment ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ didn’t really achieve the response we assume she was looking for, however. Her followers on social media slammed her for the questionable move almost immediately:
As The Fix reports, one fan criticised Costa, writing:
"I can't believe I thought you were finally being real.
"This is very disappointing. How can you think you are better than the media by fooling the public? Can't you see you created 'fake news' as well? Good riddance."
"You think you're being a master manipulator but instead you're completely embarrassing yourself. 'Power of suggestion'. Please. You must be so narcissistic if you cannot see that 99.9 per cent of Australia is calling you a deranged attention seeker but you’re just sitting there thinking you have all the power in the world ... Just stop,” said another.
Reportedly, Costa responded to fans via Instastory, telling them:
"Sorry, not sorry for trying to encourage people to think and not just using the platform to self-serve.
"Should I just do what everyone else does, every second photo in my underwear and hock skinny tea?"
Costa has since shut down her social media accounts.
Thanks to Mamamia, who has shared the now-deleted statement in full we can tell ya that Costa wrote the following:
“In an era of fake news and ‘unreal’ tv, we are all constantly left questioning what to believe.
“Editing and manipulation are often highlighted when we are discussion the media. But what about the power of suggestion? This is the most important because without actually saying anything, you can position individuals to create and accept their own version of the truth. We have seen this done in countless political campaigns, wars, media and now reality TV.
“Now let’s focus in a little more on Bachelor in Paradise. Can I have a show of hands how many people truly believed they would see a same sex relationship form between @eloratahiti and @megan.leto.marx? Without ever having said it was, by carefully suggesting that the dark haired figure of @thomasmichaelperras in the water kissing Megan could be in fact Elora, you all created and accepted your own version of the truth, without the producers ever having actually lied.”
“Over the past few weeks I’ve been positioning you all to buy a particular truth, to try and raise the issue and get you talking about how often this occurs and just how much emphasis everyone puts on their version of the truth.
“You may have all seen a sparkly ring appear on my finger. Without having ever said I am engaged and without having ever confirmed or denied it, without even used the term myself and even despite clearly stating last night on The Project 'your putting words in my mouth' I have managed to show you all the power of suggestion. For you to then go and create your own version of the truth based upon the little information suggested.
“I ask you all to understand the power of television and the integrity of the media. Educate yourselves about the things you are watching and the power of suggestion, but most of all take it with a grain of salt. Happy Watching.”
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