Look, I don’t like throwing stones –– enough have been thrown at me to know that most of them almost always come from only partially informed people, never from folks who actually know the whole story. And while I’ve seen many episodes of this season’s Bachelorette (don’t ask), I haven’t seen every single one. Still, contestant Wes Hayden has to be a world-class douchebag. Until he got tossed off about a week ago, the young C&W singer-songwriter from Austin had admitted to viewers –– not to the bachelorette herself –– that he was doing the show purely for publicity’s sake and that he had a girlfriend back home. (What a gal, I can hear you saying, letting her boyfriend play kissy face with another woman on national TV. Must be true love.)
Everyone loves a bad boy, sure, but you’ve got to wonder: Does acting like a spoiled, selfish jerk qualify as legitimate bad-boy behavior? I don’t think so. Getting shit-faced, driving your lawn mower to the liquor store ’cause you can’t find your car keys, wrecking on the way back, and getting tossed in jail for driving under the influence? That’s bad-boy. Using your fists to defend a lady’s honor at a bar? That’s bad-boy, too. But lying –– and having your family lie for you as Hayden did on national fucking TV –– is just dirty, rotten, and lowdown. Too bad ’cause the dude’s honkytonk music is solid, and, from our biased perspective, he’s managed by a Fort Worth company, SoundCheck International. Hayden plays a cool spot, Spencer’s Corner (6861-C Green Oaks Rd, by Ridgmar Mall, 817-652-6090), on Sat., July 18. Don’t bring any rotten fruit and vegetables, though –– and no stones, either.