Ok, I admit it, I watched a stupid reality show on ABC tonight called "Dating in the Dark." The commercials for it made it appear too stupid to miss and yes, I'm aware that that says something about my mental faculties.
The basic premise of the show is three women, three men and a very dark room where they meet. They never get to see what the other looks like until the very end of the show and then they decide whether the connection they made in the dark is worth pursuing a dating relationship or walking away.
They didn't just spend all the time in the dark together, all six of them; the host had them do different exercises such as take off their shirts and take them to the opposite sex to "check out." After they'd all met each other and formed impressions of each other, they were told who their "perfect match" was based on their fifty page questionaire and relationship experts. After they'd met privately, they had a sketch artist come in and draw what they thought the other person would look like.
At the end of the show, they get to see what the person looks like in the dark and then they get to decide if they want to continue to see the person or walk away. Two of the couples did decide to continue to see each other but one of the women did not want to pursue a relationship with the guy, Seth, that she'd made a connection to in the dark. They connected great in the dark but once she saw him, it was over for her.
She didn't like his looks and she cried and said how sorry she was that it was so important to her. It was so mean and shallow of her. It's not like the guy was creepy or anything, he wasn't a ten or Prince Charming but hey, she wasn't princess material herself either! He was an average guy and not ugly. She was an average woman and not ugly. They would have been good together physically. He doesn't know how lucky he is that she rejected him though. No one needs a shallow person like that in their life.
No one gets paid and wins prizes or gets voted off for doing the show. I can't imagine that but that's what they said at the beginning of the pilot episode. Evidently the show is just all about making a romantic connection.
I'm not going to watch "Dating in the Dark" anymore. It was just too painful to see a super shallow person reject a regular guy on national television just because he wasn't handsome enough for her. It's almost a slap in the face for us regular folks who don't have looks, youth or thinness on our side!