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TV Preview: "Gay, Straight or Taken?"

TV Preview: "Gay, Straight or Taken?"

In addition to "The White Rapper Show," tonight brings the premiere of another reality show I can't decide whether to love or loathe: "Gay, Straight or Taken?" on Lifetime. It's a dating show of sorts, in which one woman meets three men and has to figure out — you guessed it — who's gay, who's taken, and who's straight (and single). If she gets it right, she and the available hottie win a vacation. If she's wrong, the guy she mistakenly tagged as straight and single gets the prize instead.

The promos for the series, which starts tonight at 8 p.m., show the women putting the men through some fairly stereotypical paces — throwing a football, doing yoga, dancing. So I'm left wondering, is this a lighthearted dating version of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," or is it borderline offensive?

Lifetime claims it's a guessing game we all play already, and the network has a point there (although downloading a scorecard to play along at home seems a bit too much). Check out the promo and tell me what you think — will you watch "Gay, Straight or Taken?"

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Jinx Jinx 10 years
Not made up my mind, but could this not break down some stereotypes? I think I'd rather watch that than a show centering around white rappers. ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I love how the only way to have a gay-reality dating show is to mix in heterosexuals. Remember Boy-Meet-Boy???
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
If Daffy were doing a reality show, it'd BE entertainment! (And I would DVR it, too.)
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I'm easily entertained and I love me some reality shows so I watch as much as I can, stupid or not. Daffy Duck could be doing a reality show and I'd tivo it! :P
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
I dunno, Layla. I not inclined to take this show seriously at all -- my problem, in fact, is that *they're* (e.g. the network, contestants) taking it more seriously than I'd like them too. I think it should be a cunning satire, perhaps on Comedy Central (as a single episode spoof) -- but it is an all-out REAL show. It is meant as pure entertainment, but (sadly) it strikes me as too dumb and too boring to actually entertain. Just my opinion.
la_clique la_clique 10 years
I don't watch Lifetime, and I will def not be tuning in for this.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I just set my tivo for it. I love Lifetime, too. It doesn't make females look rediculous most of the movies they show have happened. I think everyone is taking this show too seriously.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Especially, the movies on the Lifetime channel...that's when I started thinking it's more like the victim channel.
caramel-latte caramel-latte 10 years
For a network that claims to be "television for women," it often makes women look really stupid. Like, it looks like in this show the men are rewarded if they trick the woman into thinking they're straight and single? That seems weirdly cruel.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
nonny mouse, I agree. It is absurd. I call the Lifetime channel the Victim channel. Shows like these don't make me miss turning off the cable at all. It's all just cr*p, in my opinion. The only show I would like to watch is "24", and I rent those episodes. I apologize for my rant but, I couldn't help myself. I just feel it's the dumbing down of America.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
Heaven help us! This is an absurd premise for a show -- I mean, if it were a spoof, then it could be hilarious. But as a REAL show? Seriously? It looks lame. (JMO)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
I think I'll pass on this one!
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