Review of ABC’s new dating show “The Proposal”

On Monday, ABC premiered its new dating show called “The Proposal.” It is a reality show where a bunch of women revealed their personalities and bodies to a guy hidden behind a wall who they couldn’t see and knew nothing about.

The show was kicked off by host ex-NFL quarterback and ex-Bachelor Jesse Palmer. It took place on a stage in front of a live audience. It was almost like a beauty pageant/speed dating show that started with 10 female contestants who underwent a series of challenges. There was an initial presentation, a bathing suit round and two question and answer segments. The proposer was hidden behind a wall the entire time and eliminated contestants each round until there were only two left. He then revealed himself and chose one of the two contestants to propose to.

 Photo taken from ABC

Photo taken from ABC

The show did not receive good reviews from critics and here’s why.

In the bathing suit round, the women paraded themselves around hoping to get proposed to while the empowered proposer sat behind a wall watching almost like a Peeping Tom. Three women were cut in this round, being judged solely based on their looks. This is a practice that even the Miss America pageant finds degrading and no longer includes in their competition.

 Photo taken from Google

Photo taken from Google

The bathing suit round was followed by a Q&A from the proposer’s best friend where they were asked extremely personal questions, including invasive questions about their sex lives all on live TV for someone who couldn’t even show his face in return.

Some of the live audience consisted of the contestant’s family members. One of the finalists said she needed her father’s approval before being proposed to. The audience flashed to the father crying in the audience and while ABC made it out to seem like it was tears of joy, he was probably crying because he was watching his daughter take part in such a ridiculous show.

Granted the show is going to switch between female and male contestants each week, but it’s clear that the producers are just focused on making good TV and don’t care about the contestants involved whatsoever. There’s no denying that the show is entertaining, but it’s at the cost of objectifying people and shallow exploitation despite Palmer continually reassuring the contestants how “brave” they are for doing this… coming from a guy who couldn’t even manage to give the rose to the right woman his first night as the Bachelor.

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