I have not yet seen the Fox series, which premieres July 28. But all it takes is the promos for me to believe it's the height of hypocrisy, and that Fox's declarations that the show is "inspirational" are ridiculous. ...
For those of you tuning in late, Fox says the series "follows one regular guy’s search for love among a group of real women determined to prove that love comes in all shapes and sizes." In this case, though, the size is mostly plus, with Fox declaring that the guy looking for love with choose "one curvy Cinderella" from "20 voluptuous ladies."
That's fine. In fact, it's laudable that a network would get past the often scary-thin women who inhabit many reality competitions, and would make an argument that larger women can be smart, passionate, attractive and watchable. But there's a catch.
That's that the man looking for love is, in Fox word's, a "husky hunk." Pictured above, he is 6'3" but he also "weighs over 300 pounds." In other words, he's a curvy Prince Charming.
And that ticks me off. It undercuts the idea that plus-sized women deserve love by suggesting that the only man who will love them is big himself. Stick to your own kind, in other words. Don't expect a non-husky hunk to give these women a second look.
How is that inspiring? Inspiring would be to have a genuinely regular guy interested in the women of "More To Love." But Fox, and producer Mike Fleiss, must have thought that the audience would not believe a regular-looking, or even a movie-star-handsome, man would fall for one of the women on this show. And that means they're just as prejudiced as many of the viewers they claim to inspire.
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