Old reality dating shows
(She chose the guy in the first season, and later claimed she was never bisexual and was simply “gay for pay.” Since then she also seemed to become a Nazi sympathizer.) More recently, Logo’s 2016 The Bachelor knockoff Finding Prince Charming was so in thrall to its straight counterpart — indicated by the casting of the bland, if well-built, Prince Charming — that it failed to establish its own identity.
It was mostly notable for its lack of drama and bad cast.
“I’m so used to going after people like you; it’s hard for me to get out of that mindset,” she tells him.
“I was playing it safe, and I fucked up and I’m sorry.”The theme of unlearning the kinds of desire dictated by a heteronormative culture permeates the show.
Like all dating reality show franchises, MTV’s Are You the One? A bunch of young singles are thrown together in a house, set in the kind of tropical paradise required for finding true love on television.
Queerness on reality dating shows has mostly been treated superficially, like with the trope of the sudden reveal.
The housemates themselves have to figure out the “true love” couplings by undertaking a bunch of elaborate activities.
The cast enacts physical embodiments of the hell of dating, such as races where participants jump over obstacles labeled with problems like “fear of commitment.” Winners of these challenges are rewarded with one-on-one dates and the opportunity to vote on whom they think is a “true” pair.
One of the fastest — and already most explosive — pairings taking shape early in the season is between Kai and Jenna, a cis, femme-presenting, self-described drama queen.
(“There’s something about a roller-coaster relationship that gets me excited,” she tells us in a confessional.