With the announcement of Fox’s new reality dating series More To Love — a series that casts "curvy women" and will pit them against each other to compete for the affections of a "single guy with a big waist and an even bigger heart" (yes, seriously) — comes loads of questions…well, at least from me.
First off, the original rose-giver himself, Bachelor exec producer Mike Fleiss (pictured), who is teaming up with Fox’s head ofalternative programming Mike Darnell to concoct the show, has said, "Most of the country isn’t a size 2….It’s the datingshow for the rest of us." With statements like that (and ones like this from Darnell: "Why don’t real women — the womenwho watch these shows, for the most part — have a chance to findlove too?"), I want to know: What exactly does it mean when someone is over the size of 2? Is that seriously what they are deeming as "curvy"? And since when does your size denote how "real" you are?
The press release also stated that this is the first dating show to reflect "what most real single men and women look like." Now I’m dying to know: Is this the tagline being given at casting sessions? How exactly are producers saying such things without worrying about being offensive? ("Uh, yeah, Sally, we really couldn’t use you on The Bachelor, but your merely average looks are perfect for this new project!") No matter how true or not true it is, no one wants to hear that they’re being considered for reality TV because they finally meet the criteria: full-figured and totally mediocre.
On the flip side, maybe I’m over thinking this. Maybe there are people out there who are willing to go the distance
to get their 15 minutes of fame for love no matter what sort of stigma comes with it. Maybe this is the chance for these so-called real women and men to shine. After all, Fleiss argues that this dating show is about sending the right message: "Embracing and loving yourself no matter your shape or size." And he adds, "When you are comfortable with your own body, you can really allow yourself to be open to the possibility of finding the right person to love.” Guess I just never realized that past Bachelor contestants — like Jen Schefft and Melissa Rycroft — weren’t, by those standards, comfortable in their own skin.
Bottom line, I’m definitely intrigued by this new show, and can’t wait to see how far it will get before it gets too controversial. Though, controversy always tend to garners viewers, doesn’t it? What do you think of More To Love, PopWatchers? Will you watch or boycott? Discuss below!
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