Dating show woman
The fact that each episode cuts between multiple dates also means that unless you’re happy to get familiar with your fast-forward button, you have to cope with a lot of hetero bullshit to get to them.
The mating rituals of the straights are very strange.
When only two contestants are left, the person deciding takes off their own clothes and chooses which one to go on a date with.
They hug – yes, it’s awkward – walk off together, and then we get to see how the date went.
Why is a show ostensibly about showing off ‘real people’ so dominated by white, young, thin bodies without visible disabilities?
certainly isn’t “the worst programme ever shown on television”, as Mediawatch-UK (the current incarnation of Mary Whitehouse’s infamous National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association) claimed last year, but you might end up feeling a little skeezy watching it.
While we’re still on the positives, the show makes a real effort at LGBTQ inclusion, having featured gay, lesbian, bi, pan and trans contestants over the course of its two series.
Who has time to sift through all the dating shows out there to work out which ones have queer content, never mind which of those make you wish they hadn’t bothered? This list isn’t going to cover every single dating show on UK television, because I only have Freeview and quite frankly I’m a little too scared to go digging around the more obscure satellite channels.
Even when we are included, queer contestants are often covered up in episode descriptions and the dates themselves can be unbearably cringeworthy.
If you started a drinking game based on how many times either “All the Things She Said” or “I Kissed a Girl” is played behind the introduction of a queer woman alone, you wouldn’t live to see the end of it. The weird model of romance these shows rely on might not suit…
‘s host, Paddy Mc Guinness, has said he’d like to see a gay edition of the show, but that was over two years now and we’re yet to see any sign it might actually happen.
Meanwhile, despite featuring bisexual contestants in the past, ITV2 recently announced they wouldn’t be allowing same-sex couples on Love Island, claiming it would “take something away from the format”. I don’t pay my television license to watch heterosexuals touch each other. Between them, they featured a grand total of one queer contestant – Alice, whose defining personality trait was being a big fan of Celine Dion.The premise is simple: each episode follows a night at a restaurant where everyone dining is there on a blind date.