After almost two seasons, Channel 7’s reality dating show First Dates aired the first lesbian couple — and I couldn’t be more disappointed.
I am not disappointed in the failure of love to bloom. I am not disappointed in the girls chosen. I am disappointed that it’s 2016 and the Australian audience is still unable to dislike a woman without attacking her body, her sexuality or her eating choices.
Channel 7 ‘match-made’ Aimee and Renee for a date they called ‘awkward’ but was better described as excruciating. I watched not just as a viewer, but as a young lesbian who so rarely sees somebody like me on reality dating shows.
Aimee, a staunch vegetarian, sat across from Renee as she happily munched a steak. Aimee scowled and sipped a gin and tonic; Renee looked at the ceiling and sipped water.
The date ended and instead of stating her lack of desire to go on a second meeting, Aimee decided to take Renee down in a rant so vicious it was as if every word was ripped from a Mean Girls script.