Comedic writer Toby Halligan has some thoughts on Channel Nine’s new TV show.
In the annals of commercial TV glory, Channel Nine’s Married at First Sight is unlikely to be recalled fondly or indeed, at all.
If you’re unaware the premise of the show is that a couple meet for the first time at the altar and “marry”.
It’s since been acknowledged that due to a quirk of the law in Australia they won’t technically be married and will have to decide after 30 days whether to follow through.
SOFT I say, at least insist they get facial tattoos of one another’s names…
Since its announcement Married At First Site has created plenty of heat and wind on social media, very little of it positive.
A petition on Change.org that has gathered 17,500 signatures demanding its axing declares:
This television show is a disgrace.
It is morally unsound and should not be aired on Australian television. It is appalling that we live in country that will not support marriage equality but will support a television show such as this.
The idea of pre-emptively petitioning against a show stinks.
It’s good manners to at least let this pungent fart erupt and THEN make faces and run.
But what about the core objection – that the show is a slap in the face for homosexuals who can’t marry?
I’m one of those homos. And I’d one day like to get married.
The ongoing failure of Australia’s political system to sort out a change now enacted by seventeen countries despite overwhelming public support is pathetic.
One of my dreams, is for my Mum and Dad to see me getting married.
And the fact that my parents, both approaching their 70s, may never get to share in the joyous occasion of spending too much on cake and witnessing an in-law vomiting over a botanical display, doesn’t make me angry – it saddens me.
Really and truly saddens me.
The problem with pre-emptive objections to Married At First Sight is that it is a symptom, not the cause, of a problem.
It’s certainly offensively lacking in imagination. Arranged marriages were (and sometimes still are) the norm in sections of the world. But instead of overbearing parents there’s overbearing producers, with three experts operating as their proxies linking up the couples. Of course, as the shows producers have acknowledged, people technically aren’t getting married on the show.