What if same-sex marriage were given the same cultural backing as arranged-marriage reality-tv style?

As we so value traditional marriage, the moral and upstanding purveyor of cherished culture traditions, Fox, is developing a new series called I Married a Stranger.

According to RealityTV World, each episode of I Married a Stranger will follow a woman willing to marry a man she’s never met. The groom-to-be will be chosen by friends and family of the bride-to-be from a pool of six bachelors chosen by the shows producers.

Wow! Now if that doesn’t say sanctity of marriage I don’t know what does. Well,  except maybe yet another reality marriage series in development from CBS:

ARRANGED MARRIAGE is a series that brings the tradition of arranged marriages, which is still practiced successfully by many cultures throughout the world, to the U.S., where it is virtually an inconceivable option for most single Americans. Three adults who are anxious to get married, but who have been unsuccessful in their own search for a mate, choose a life-altering path. They rely on their closest family and friends, those who love and know them best, to choose someone for them to marry based on shared goals, values, experiences and the commitment to make it work. The series intimately documents these three arranged marriages, starting with the first meetings of the families and the wedding day; and then follows the couple through the day-to-day joys, challenges, and emotional tumult that results from their arranged union.

Cool! “Intimately documenting” a practice done by those OTHER cultures that are, according to the condescending tone, way less enlightened than US culture. So, not only is CBS developing a reality show that is gag-inducing on so many levels, but they also manage to be cultural elitists in their description of the show. Way to belittle other cultures while profiting from them, CBS!

In our “sanctity of marriage” culture, it seems anything goes as long as its one man, one woman.

If same-sex marriage were given the same cultural (and monetary) backing of these quadruple icky reality shows, perhaps Prop 8 would haven been driven back into the dungeons of evil from which it sprang…

4 thoughts on “What if same-sex marriage were given the same cultural backing as arranged-marriage reality-tv style?”

  1. And, of course, arranged marriage doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have any say – often there are arranged introductions with an eye towards marriage, rather than showing up and marrying a stranger.

  2. (Not that the text implies showing up and marrying a stranger, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not much choice portrayed. Also, “friends” usually aren’t much involved – so I’d have to question how “traditional” this is.
    Is it more like a blind date with TV cameras and wedding rings? Because while that’s not a mainstream American practice, it’s not exactly far from some of the reality shows out there (Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire, plus the thousands of arranged dating shows out there.)

  3. ok I am from India – one country where arranged marriages are practices…in fact reality shows on arranged marriages are becoming popular here too.

    While I have a problem with something as serious and as personal as marriage being televised, I did not find the tone of that write-up condescending to other cultures in any way.

    What I did find offensive was the “unsuccessful in their own search for a mate” statement. Again I did not see this as a mockery of cultures that practice arranged marriages, but as a mockery of Americans who were “unsuccessful”.

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