There are many days I despair about the state of the world. Today is definitely one of those days.
Today, I stumbled across a YouTube channel called To Catch a Cheater. It’s as stupid as it sounds.
The premise of the series is simple and deeply flawed: a concerned partner will dob in their partner as one who they believe has the potential to cheat. (Potential being part one of the deep flaws of the concept. Bear with me though, it gets worse.)
Then, the TV crew sets up innocent partner with an actor, who tries to seduce them. All the while, a camera crew films the whole thing and the other partner watches on. Delightful, eh?
I have two things to say: A) that’s not how cheating works and b) um, that’s not how cheating works.
Listen: Relationship counsellor and psychiatrist Esther Perel explains to Mia Freedman why happy people still cheat.
Take Kesley for example. Kelsey didn’t trust her best friend. Not her boyfriend – her best friend.
So, she called up the crew at To Catch a Cheater to see if – wait for it – Brittany would be such a bad friend, she’d be ballsy enough to kiss Kelsey’s boyfriend. (The ultimate test of friendship, obviously.)
And so, Kelsey’s friend Brittany was set up by the crew to ‘bump’ into Kelsey’s boyfriend.
The conversation flowed, the duo were flirting, Kelsey’s boyfriend occasionally touched Brittany’s thigh. Suddenly, there were metaphors being thrown around like nobody’s business – ahem, like, blowing candles and such – when both finally kissed.
End of experiment, so you would think. Kelsey was right, her friend is a snake.