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.
Why is it that the dating show with the most commitment to queer representation is the one designed to garner outraged headlines?
Why do the strange educational cut-aways have such a terrible understanding of sex and gender?
Despite Channel 5 promising there would be LGBTQ representation “throughout the series”, at two dates per episode, that’s a rate of one queer date for every eleven straight dates. But there’s something about old-fashioned charm that let me see past the numbers.
Just like thirty years ago, contestants on the show are sent on a date with their pick from three potential, unseen partners.
However, I can guarantee you that it’s the most comprehensive review of the relative queerness of British dating shows you’re going to read this week.
In true reality television style, I’ll be giving each show a score based on two metrics: the amount of queer content, and to what degree that content will leave you silently begging it to end.Channel 4 might call it a ‘social experiment’, but it’s a show unabashedly for that point when it’s 1AM, you’re a bit drunk and you just want to turn on the telly and laugh at some willies – and, honestly, I kind of respect it for that.The series has been slated by critics for being “degrading”, and it’s hard to deny that when you’re watching someone choose between potential dates based solely on their genitals.But there’s a strange kind of satisfaction in watching the objectification we’re all subjected to every day taken to the extreme.If your Tinder date is going to be staring at your boobs anyway, why not just whap it all out?well, anybody really, but it’s not fun being left out of the party.