Love is Blind
Available on Netflix SA
I love reality shows. I like them salacious and I like them outrageous – the more jaw-dropping the better.
Because sandwiched between the scripting, the hammy production and the rehearsed sound bites – more often than not despite the reality show and not because of it – raw emotion comes prickling through.
And it’s often more relatable and revealing of the human condition than any Oscar-winning film or high-brow documentary.
In new Netflix show Love is Blind, eager singles must decide on a spouse based solely on conversation - they only see what the other person looks like after they've proposed.
After the proposal - which all happens within a week - they meet in person, and are then whisked away to a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, and then back to their real lives to meet each other’s family and friends.
Though the show is called Love is Blind, rooted in the noble idea that looks don’t matter, every contestant is superattractive.
So, I guess love is blind as long as you’re really good-looking. The show abounds with cringeworthy moments – like when Jessica (34) meets her new fiancé Mark (24).
Though they declared undying love for each other in the pods, Jessica finds out that Mark is short and she can barely hide her repulsion.
“I’m just, like, usually attracted to men who are bigger in stature, you know,” she keeps telling the camera.
Another compelling couple is white scientist Cameron and black content creator Lauren, who must juggle being in an interracial relationship, along with being engaged after a week.
That Love is Blind is gratuitous is beyond question, but it’s also a testament to our universal need to find acceptance from a significant other, even if it is on a reality show.