The Lack of Physique Range on “Love Is Blind” Is not Plus-Measurement Contestants’ Fault

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Vanessa Lachey attends the 2022 Paramount Upfront at 666 Madison Avenue on May 18, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“Love Is Blind” host Vanessa Lachey addressed the Netflix present’s lack of variety in an interview with Insider, and a few persons are not impressed with the “NCIS: Hawai’i” star’s statements.

The relationship actuality present is, paradoxically, constructed on the notion that “love is blind.” The collection separates a bunch of women and men, who then go on dates in “pods,” the place they’ll hear however not see each other. So as to transfer onto the following spherical — which incorporates face-to-face contact — a pair should develop into engaged. Every season ends with the {couples} both saying “I do” or with a wedding-day cut-and-run.

Lachey, who cohosts “Love Is Blind” with husband Nick, was requested in regards to the noticeable absence of body diversity on the present. In her feedback to Insider, Lachey appeared accountable the difficulty on potential contestants’ supposed insecurity. “Their complete life they have been so insecure about being themselves due to this loopy swipe technology that we’re in and this catfishing world that we’re in, that they are so afraid to be themselves,” Lachey stated.

A lot of the {couples} who make it previous the present’s pod stage look suspiciously comparable: skinny and stereotypically attractive (they’ve additionally been, to viewers’ data, cis and principally heterosexual, though season one did embrace a bisexual contestant). The Insider article notes that Lachey is not a part of casting however stated everybody has a “honest shot” with regards to the method. “I ponder if they honestly do not have sufficient time in these two weeks to search out themselves, A, after which be themselves to then discover that partner,” Lachey stated to Insider.

However this is not all on Lachey, who acknowledges the dearth of physique variety on set. It isn’t an issue particular to “Love Is Blind” itself, both. We dwell in a fatphobic world that privileges skinny, able-bodied folks — and that’s especially true in Hollywood. There have been ongoing conversations about how fat people are sidelined (or not even current) on actuality TV and the way the industry casts mainly white, able-bodied, conventionally enticing folks. Lachey’s feedback acknowledge that plus-size folks have quite a bit to beat within the trade, and even in society generally. However the onus needs to be on producers and executives to not simply embrace plus-size folks but in addition allow them to have company over their very own tales.

This is not the primary time “Love Is Blind” has handled uncomfortable reactions to probably plus-size contestants, both. In season two, contestant Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee requested contestants about their clothes sizes, and whether or not or not he’d have a hard time lifting them up onto his shoulders, throughout his pod dates, that are speculated to be all about that inner connection. (Lachey did confront Chatterjee about this habits, however solely through the reunion present, after the season was over.) As of press time, Netflix had not responded to POPSUGAR’s request for remark in regards to the present’s lack of physique variety.

Regardless, Twitter customers aren’t happy with Lachey’s latest clarification for the present’s lack of physique variety. One user wrote, “This interview is a sizzling mess. [Lachey is] requested why her present does not have plus-sized folks and her reasoning is that they’re all insecure and busy catfishing. I want Vanessa Lachey to cease speaking.”

Another tweeted, “After all Vanessa Lachey thinks folks above a measurement zero simply spend all their time hating themselves an excessive amount of to carry a dialog.” Others called on Lachey to carry the casting workforce answerable for the dearth of physique sorts: “have fun ALL our bodies and in case your casting workforce is the difficulty — put accountability on them. Love ISNT really Blind if there is no such thing as a physique variety!”

POPSUGAR reached out to a consultant of Lachey for remark. As of press time, we now have not acquired a response.

Solely time will inform if Netflix will replace its casting course of to actually replicate the vary of our bodies and other people able to fall in love — in entrance of a digital camera, after all.



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