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More to Love

Plus-Size Version of The Bachelor: Cool or Not?

Television networks can get away with a lot during the Summer when most shows are in rerun mode. We've grown to expect reality programming up the wazoo, and this season the lineup includes a new Mike Fleiss (executive producer of The Bachelor) creation called More to Love.

Premiering July 28, the dating show will feature "a single and eligible man with a big waist and an even bigger heart as he romances several confident and secure plus-size women." As with Fleiss's original unscripted dating shows, the leading single guy will whittle the group of 20 women down to a final two. Plus-size supermodel Emme has signed on to host the show.

The idea of More to Love drew criticism when it was announced earlier this year; there's a sense that the show's contestants will be mocked and exploited. There's something that makes me uncomfortable about suggesting people of a certain size can only love and be loved by someone of similar proportions. At the same time, when's the last time you turned on the TV and saw overweight people featured in a show without a weight-loss focus?

What do you think of the show's concept, is it cool or not?


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Samantha-Jane Samantha-Jane 8 years
I think a better idea would be to throw in a mix of women of all shapes and sizes. That would be way more realistic. I don't understand why it has to be one or another. This show just gives me the idea that plus sized women can only find love with a plus sized man, and they have to compete to even get his attention. I think these "Bachelor" shows are awful anyway, but if you're going to do it, why not have a normal guy chose a girl from a mix of girls. Life shouldn't be skinny or fat. There are more gray areas than that. It sucks to be lumped into categories like that. It makes everyone watching feel bad about themselves.
drbellefemme drbellefemme 8 years
As some one literally five seconds from being a part of the "more to love" cast, I had some serious issues with the concept thus why I am not a part of the show. I am a plus-sized woman, model, beauty queen, fitness and health editor, and future physician. I live a very active and healthy life, as a matter of fact I lost 200 Lbs. to just be where I am today. I believe that I am just as good or just as beautiful as any woman, it's not about a size or shape....plain and simple. I don't like the fact that "I" as a plus-sized woman has to be given a "special" show. I am just as good as the next woman wearing a size four. Secondly, why did they cast a heavy bachelor? Personally, I have no issue with heavy guys but I have never dated one, as a matter of fact, I have never even had a heavy guy after me! My point, interesting concept but in the end, glad I am not apart of it.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
"What are you saying, Margo? That if people are skinny they aren't normal according to you? I really like your opinions, especially on TresSugar, but I just don't think that's the most open way to put your feelings forward." Bri, I only meant to say that in the media, the "skinny"/extremely thin people are lauded as the "ideal" way to be. The majority of people who are not in the media or on TV are NOT that way. And many times, what is considered "normal" [I guess I should have used the word "average" rather than "normal", but I mean statistically normal on a bell curve], like how a size 12/14 is considered the "average" size for the American public [which would be non-celebrities, "normal" people], is considered "fat" or "plus-size". As for the research indicating that similar body types are attracted to each other: I think that there may be a lot of causation associated with that correlation if it's THAT strong. Much of it is a socialization. We're "taught" that we are what we attract. I would suggest that the environment in which you grew up heavily influences this. If you were taught that being overweight meant you would only be *able* to have a overweight partner, or that overweight partners were desirable, then you would probably be more likely to be attracted to overweight people. Coupled with the "we are what we attract" social pressure, you would get a correlative result of similar body types attracted to each other. I know personally that is not the case for me. Weight wasn't really talked about in my household, but thin, masked as being "healthy", was the ideal strived for - even though everyone except for my younger brother has had serious struggles with weight. My parents weren't overweight in the slightest, my mother was very thin, and my father was athletic...they just "let themselves go", as they like to say, and got bogged down with work and family life. I've always liked guys who were thinner/weighed less than me, but of course they didn't pay attention to me because I was/still am overweight. I don't think that makes me an anomaly on the correlation - that's a function of how I grew up and the way weight was viewed in my family. So, though it's great that I'm starting to lose weight now [probably for the wrong reasons, but hey, as long as it's gone], unfortunately I'm bowing down to the "we are what we attract" generalization.
CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
segregation is segregation.
hmweis1 hmweis1 8 years
This is a tough one, because like everyone said, there's no way a "plus-size" woman would win (or even get casted)on the Bachelor. But at the same time, people are so insensitive about overweight people that this could turn into a complete mockery. I think it's a bad idea, and if I were overweight I would NEVER participate in something like this.
courtneyh courtneyh 8 years
As an overweight person who is constantly battling self image, I would be happy to see a show like this. It's like when America's Next Top Model had ONE plus size model-she stood out like a sore thumb and it was awkward to watch. If it was America's Next Plus Size Top Model, than everyone would be on equal playing field. Someone already mentioned above that if there was a plus size girl on the regular Bachelor-she wouldn't win. And, I agree, and also I think she would be singled out as "the fat one" I don't think this is any different than having a gay/lesbian dating show, or an all black dating show, or even a liberal/ultra conservative political dating show. I'm just saying as an overweight person,I WOULD tune into this.
nslods nslods 8 years
Reality tv is not 'reality'. Plain and simple. They're touting this new show as using real people, but they're all plus-sized, which is real (as in not being a size 2 and 'perfect' looking). Why not do a show that actually uses real people, of all shapes and sizes? I'm so tired of the Bachelor/Bachelorette because everybody is so 'perfect' looking. That's not reality. As for the comment about people of like sizes being more likely to be attracted to each other, you haven't seen my family. I'm tiny and petite, my husband is very tall with huge bones and was overweight when we met. I have an aunt that's tinier than me and her husband is over 6' tall. I have another aunt that's morbidly obese, and her husband is average size. I could go on and on about this. To me, love is love, no matter what size it is. I'm not even paying attention to 'studies' and 'correlations'. In my opinion, they're a crock.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
It's good to feature a variety of people on reality shows, but is it necessary create one that just emphasizes weight?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
This is simply offensive, plain and simple. It's not about being sensitive, this is degrading, different from how the Bachelor/Bachelorette or any other "reality" show is degrading for contestants. What is "plus-sized"? "Fat"? Especially in the media, any "normal" person seems to be fat these days. It's also insulting that anyone actually buys that fat people are only attracted/attract fat people, and likewise with skinny people. There is some psychology to back up that similar body types are a factor in compatibility, but it's certainly NO indicator of who's going to end up with who. Girls of all sizes can be attracted to fit muscular men. There are very thin lanky guys that only like "curvy", bigger women. It's simply crazy to say that "oh, fat people should be together! so they can have fat babies! and eat potato chips and fried chicken all day in happy relationship bliss!" This is so exploitation - all it does is mock people. How disgusting. P.S. There's going to be a "plus-sized" dance show called "Dance Your Ass Off" on Oxygen this fall. It's like DWTS except the contestants are all overweight people. You do your best dances and lose weight. Best dances/most weight lost wins. In pure theory, this might seem like a good idea...but as a TV SHOW, I know this will not go over well.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't get why it has to be a separate show with such an obvious discrimination as to who can/can't participate. Why not have a show where the people are average size/average good-looks and go from there? Because there are a lot of ugly skinny people, too....why not throw some of them in the mix?
kclulu kclulu 8 years
Oh lets be honest, a plus sized woman is not going to win on the Bachelor. There is very little time to get to know the contestants so a lot of what they judge on is based on appearance and I would be very suprised if a plus sized girl would get into the top 5. That may not be fair but it is reality.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Ugh. I dread seeing the stereotypes on this. Lane Bryant store was doing the casting interviews last winter. The title alone, "More To Love" is in my view insulting. Might as well call it "You've Got Such A Pretty Face". However at least all participants seem to be aware of what the show is, I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been some blindside of the guy didn't know they were all fat, and he'd have to look deep inside himself to find that he could love a fat As with all of these reality shows, they will be edited to the teeth, and no one will be portrayed in a fantastic light.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I don't watch these dating shows (gosh, I sound old and crabby) but it seems like just being more inclusive on the regular shows would be a good plan. My guess is that these "overweight" people will be, like, a size 12. Sigh.
Poppie Poppie 8 years
I think the shows's saying that only plus sized people can fall in love with people of similar waist measurements. Bad idea! it teaches people to put others in boxes based on their wieght.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
anonymous, you're implying that it's somehow a good thing to BE on the bachelor/bachelorette!
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
I thought about how I feel about it, and I decided my life is much more pleasant if I just pack my bags and move to don't-give-a-shitsville.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
has anyone ever watched The Bachelor?! the guys are shallow and the girls even more so. I totally agree that regular women and men should be on the show, but they're not, they pick thin beautiful people. I'm all for this show with "real people" and if that means fat, whatever, I hope the contestants find love
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