Disabled dating show
For some strange reason, in every episode, the parents of the disabled individual in question weigh in heavily on their darling offspring’s love life.It’s inappropriate and a little bit creepy, considering said offspring are often in their mid-twenties at least., and not overgrown children to be coddled by those around them.This summer, Channel 4 commissioned three more series of popular dating show ‘The Undateables’.The show, which first aired in 2012, follows people with physical and/or mental impairments as they go on dates.Where’s the difference between such “exhibitions of live human curiosities” and ‘The Undateables’?All I see is ‘entertainment’ that is cruel, predatory and at the expense of the acts’ dignity.Perhaps I’m only able to shun shows like this because I haven’t faced many difficulties in my love life.
Channel 4 have voyeuristically exploited a vulnerable group of people in society to entertain the masses, and it makes me sick.But don't just take our word for it, read what some of our ex-singles say in our Disabled Dating Success Stories.Over the years, many disabled singles have connected through our unique dating service and have been married as a result.Supporters of the show might say that it subverts expectations by proving that disabled people actually are in fact dateable – but we don’t need a patronising television show to tell us that.
Besides, it’s too little too late, because the implications of the title remain and continue to reinforce the all-too-common attitude that disabled people are somehow incapable of forming close relationships.
It’s a shame really that they’ve limited being ‘undateable’ to people with disabilities?