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'More to Love' Series Premiere: Inspirational ... Or Offensive?

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 29th 2009 6:30PM
More to LoveBased on last night's 'More to Love' premiere, will Fox actually deliver on its promise of an "inspirational" reality series, in which one average Joe finds love amid 20 "real" (ie, "normal-sized") women?

Fat chance.

The show's alleged purpose is to prove that love is ultimately blind, no matter what shape or size you may come in. But already, weight has become the centerpiece of the show in ways that are offensive even by the standards of Fox, the network behind 'Temptation Island' and 'Mr. Personality.'

Take the interview segments. There, each contestant's age, weight and height are shown at the bottom of the screen, as if to shock viewers into realizing that -- gasp! -- some women really do weigh more than 120 pounds. If there's one instance in which 'More to Love' needs to lose weight, this would be it.More to LoveBased on last night's 'More to Love' premiere, will Fox actually deliver on its promise of an "inspirational" reality series, in which one average Joe finds love amid 20 "real" (ie, "normal-sized") women?

Fat chance.

The show's alleged purpose is to prove that love is ultimately blind, no matter what shape or size you may come in. But already, weight has become the centerpiece of the show in ways that are offensive even by the standards of Fox, the network behind 'Temptation Island' and 'Mr. Personality.'

Take the interview segments. There, each contestant's age, weight and height are shown at the bottom of the screen, as if to shock viewers into realizing that -- gasp! -- some women really do weigh more than 120 pounds. If there's one instance in which 'More to Love' needs to lose weight, this would be it.

Even worse are their interactions with bachelor Luke Conley, a 26-year-old ex-college football player. Any scintillating conversations they may have had together has been whittled down to absurd sound bites like "What's your favorite meal?" or "What's your favorite dessert?" Surely these women have more than just food on their minds.

And what of the women who were actually eliminated? Of the five who did not receive promise rings, some were considerably heavier than others, which made the show seem contradictory at best, hypocritical at worst.

But perhaps the weirdest part about the premiere episode of 'More to Love' was that none of these women appeared to be happy with themselves. One contestant cried because she'd never been on a real date before, while another wondered whether a dip in the pool might make her look like a beached whale..

Where were the inspirational women, the women who are proud of who they are? The last time we checked, plenty of real-life women were happy in love.

We're all for shows that aim to depict women in their true, wonderful colors. But if they continue to be as misguided as 'More to Love,' then perhaps it's true: Maybe less really is more. -- by Andy Scott





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