Network Nine’s latest instalment of reality show Married At First Sight is already under fire and it hasn’t even aired yet. The show is set to feature a gay couple in the upcoming season which has caused outrage from within the LGBTI community.
Those unhappy with the inclusion of the same sex couple have taken to Channel Nine’s Facebook site with complaints, arguing it sends the wrong message.
“I’ve been in a relationship with my fiance for 9 years,” wrote one person on the Married At First Sight Facebook page. “Nothing would make us and our loved ones happier than to walk down the aisle. Legally. With all the ramifications and responsibilities and commitment that comes with a marriage.
“We don’t want to ‘play’ at getting married. Marriage isn’t a game, and it’s not a show. This ‘reality’ show sends a message to Australia that gay people are OK at playing marriage, and we’re content with pretending. Take it from me, we are 100% not OK with this.”
One person wrote: “Thank you for reducing same sex marriage to a cheap gimmick for ratings. Years and years of fighting for this, and you’ve effectively cheapened the entire marriage equality movement. Thank you, Channel 9. Really. Thank you.”
Another angry person urged Channel Nine to ditch the show altogether. “This has outraged the gay community. Pull this off before it’s too late. Do it after Australia votes on this issue. You are making people very upset.”
Andy, 40, who is one of the contestants from the upcoming third season, has defended his decision to go on the show. “There’s been backlash from series one and two because they didn’t have a same-sex couple and now that there is one in series three, no one’s happy about that as well,” he said. “I think you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.”
The British man, who has lived in Sydney for the past five years, said he joined the show to meet his soulmate.
“Nobody would sign up for Married At First Sight just to get married on tele,” Andy said. “For me, the marriage bit wasn’t important … but it is really an experiment to pull two people together. And I’m lucky to have been chosen to go through the experience, to have three or four experts in Australia match me to the guy that I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.”
It seems that Andy may have found the man of his dreams as he was seen wearing a wedding band when he appeared on the Today Show with Karl Stefanovic. Andy said his new husband is almost perfect. “He could do with your hair,” Andy joked to Stefanovic.
Married At First Sight will air on Channel Nine next Monday at 8.40pm
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