One mom is on the fence about this controversial new show.
Diane Mizota: I am all for diversity on television. That's why I'm such a fan of reality TV, because more people are represented than just the glossy, skinny, predominantly Caucasian, model types that play cops, detectives, and moms on so many scripted shows. Let's face it, most women on television just look like they need to eat a donut. It's a powerfully misogynistic climate, it's not reflective of what true Americans look like, but such is the state of television and media today.
Along comes a show, "More to Love," claiming to cast real people in the tried-and-true "Bachelor" reality dating show format. Sounds like it should be a step forward, right? A step towards equality and acceptance that women come in all shapes and sizes, and we should all be loved for who we are on the inside, right?
Not so fast. This show may have lofty intentions (which I kind of doubt) to shed light on the difficulties of overweight people's quest for love, but it comes off as more of a fat fetish show. The women's heights and weights are posted on-screen alongside their names. It is distracting and completely objectifying. It treats them like they are alien female fat specimens that need to be identified by their measurements.
One thing's for sure, they have their share of issues. So many tears in the first episode! Melissa, who's never dated, was adorable when Luke gave her his jacket and she didn't know if she should put her arms through the sleeves or not. Totally endearing. And also a reality-show time bomb.
Is it a game changer? No. Is it entertaining? Mildly. Look, it's not curing cancer, it doesn't have to wear the mantle of postmodern feminism, it's a reality dating show. If you're looking for your fix before the next "Bachelor" season begins, with big characters and emotional women creating drama over one guy, then "More to Love" is sure to deliver. As a self-proclaimed dirty reality television whore, I'll be watching ... will you?
|Diane Mizota is an accomplished TV host, actor, writer and producer who began her career as a professional dancer. She is a first-time mom who currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son.|