Gay/Straight TV Watch: Meat and Greet
"Five Women, Thirty Men... One Conveyor Belt."
This is happening. Tonight. Sorry for the late notice, but I've been focused on distracting details -- like family, charity, peace on earth, and the brotherhood of man -- for last couple of weeks.
"Conveyor Belt of Love" debuts on ABC tonight. It's a dating show where the men are filed by on a conveyor belt and the women can make their pick. Yes. Just like a sushi restaurant. They can even put one back on the belt if they spy something that might be better.
The show only runs once, but bet on it becoming a series if it gets decent numbers. To launch the concept, it would only work in this direction (men=meat), right? Maybe long-term, after they've ridiculed a boatload of guys, they can flip it. This version is ridiculous and trashy, sure, but a conveyor belt of women to be picked and discarded at the whim of shallow dudes (do not argue this point), seems more than wrong, right?
But maybe it's just the classic "Dating Game" on crack.
One interesting detail, one of the male "selections" was recently discovered to have a past career in gay porn. Oops, but I don't know how much porn research we can expect from the network screeners. Bottom line on the faker: That's not just deceptive, that's cheating. (Stereotype alert!) Gay guys generally make a better first impression. Ladies have to LEARN to love a base-model straight guy. It took mine years to see past my mess, I wouldn't have stood a chance in 60 seconds.
Anyway, readers, it raises the questions... Do you believe that first impressions are usually right? Or believe in love at first sight? Or, are you reaching for the Purell just based on conveyor belt concept?
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