Saturday, July 25, 2009

Why I Hate "Reality" Television

Well, I always hated reality TV because it quite simply isn't reality. But now I have a whole 'nother reason to loathe it: because even when good intentions are present, the execution is fatally flawed.
I'm referring to the show "More to Love", which is, not suprisingly, from FOX. From the blurb on the cover of the current STARWEEK, More To Love is a "new reality show [which] gives hope to plus-sized women who have had a hard time finding a mate".
It does no such thing. Turns out it's a Bachelor-style show where the bachelor in question is 6'3" and over 300 lbs--presumably because they couldn't find a non-obese man who's interested in plus-sized women. He gets to go on dates with a variety of women, some of whom are a size twelve.
If you wear a size twelve, by the way, you're too skinny to shop in Pennington's, Canada's premiere plus-sized chain.
So he goes on a bunch of dates and then selects his prize...humiliating all the women who don't make the cut on national television! What's not to like about that?
As my wife noted when I told her about this show, it might have some redeeming value if it involved a bunch of men--normal men, not ex-NFL linebackers gone to fat--pursuing one woman who (among her many attributes) happened to be plus-sized. That would send a message that there are lots of men out there who don't discount a woman because she's not anorexic. But no, FOX has to go and bollocks it up. Sickening, really.

1 comment:

Rocketstar said...

Reality TV is a genre of TV, like Drama, Sitcom, Mystery, etc... I hope people don't think of it is reality. It is reality in the fact that it is real people put into less than real situations (in some cases) to see how they react and behave. I like to think of them as rats in a cage.

I'll check out that show, it was on the list...