Old reality dating shows
Kai, a self-described nonbinary transmasculine human who has already become something of a breakout star, points out that there’s no “trans dating for dummies” handbook.He explains in a confessional that as he has transitioned, his hormones leave him feeling like a horny teenage boy.Like all dating reality show franchises, MTV’s Are You the One? A bunch of young singles are thrown together in a house, set in the kind of tropical paradise required for finding true love on television.The twist: Using old-school matchmaking techniques and complex algorithms, dating experts have paired the housemates with their supposed “ideal” mates, but neither the cast nor the viewers know the matches.But we felt by putting [the twist] in, we would get a much broader audience.”MTV’s own 2007 offering, A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila, was the rare reality show featuring an Asian American star.But it hewed to a similar logic, in which 16 straight men and 16 lesbians competed for Tila’s affections, with the curveball being that the contestants were not aware of her bisexuality.
But then horny Kai also hooks up with Remy (a “proudly promiscuous” bisexual).The show’s driving question became whether the titular “boy” would be able to tell the straights from the gays.As the show’s gay producer and creator, Douglas Ross, admitted at the time, “If it were just a gay dating show, for sure we'd get a lot of gay viewers, probably not that many straight [viewers], [and] some looky-loos.During a group therapy check-in, she admits that Amber should have been her first pick, and Justin gets upset about her “playing” him.But this drama gets unpacked in nuanced ways that transcend the usual drama for drama’s sake.
If they figure out all the correct pairings before the end of the season, the housemates will win a million dollars.