I’ll admit it; there are reality shows that really, really suck me in.
Has it got Tim Gunn in it? Sign me up! He is totally my imaginary gay celebrity boyfriend and I don’t care who knows it. Call me, Tim!
Is it about making great clothes or great food? Then there’s a good chance I’ll at least check it out somewhere along the line. Hell, I’ve even sat gobsmacked through a few episodes of Semi-Homemade With Sandra Lee, which is my personal concept of Hell. I consider it part of my job for Manolo for the Brides to watch things like Bridezillas and Rich Bride, Poor Bride. It sometimes terrifies me, and sometimes amuses me, but I’m a slave to duty. I do my job.
One sort of show, though, that I avoid with every fiber of my being: the competitive dating show. The Bachelor? Nothing doing. And I have to say really nothing doing to Fox TV’s upcoming new series More to Love.
What is More to Love? Well, it’s basically The Bachelor with a higher BMI. Do you get the humor in the ‘cute’ title yet? Geddit? It’s funny, because these people are fat. No, really, that’s the entire spin, that fat people can fall in love. Isn’t that amazing?
Here’s what Fox has to say about it on their official website:
FOX is setting out to prove that love comes in all shapes and sizes with the new inspirational dating competition series MORE TO LOVE. Executive-produced by Mike Fleiss (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”), the unscripted series follows a single average guy with a big waist and an even bigger heart as he romances several confident and secure plus-size women. Each week, the husky hunk will wine and dine a group of curvy women to determine if they have more love to give or if they are truly more than he can handle. When the size of competition narrows, he will have to decide if one full-figured lady will become his true love.
Of course the commercials feature a teary woman talking about how she just wants to ‘have that love story.’
Thank goodness Fox is ready to prove to her that she might find love, too…if the one man chooses her out of all the women he’s going to meet on the show. And assuming that he goes through with a wedding at the end. If that doesn’t pan out, does that mean she can’t ever find love with anyone?
Seriously, do we need Fox to ‘prove’ to anyone that we can find love? If we must have these competitive dating games on the air at all, do we have to segregate them by body type?
The heart truly doesn’t care what pant size its true partner wears. In fact, I can’t even tell you what size Mr. Twistie’s pants are. He buys his own. My only concern is whether they fit him and make him feel comfortable. It’s his heart and his mind and his sense of humor I fell in love with. Funnily enough, I think he fell for the same things in me.
And we didn’t need Fox to teach either one of us that we deserved it.