Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Thought of the month: February

The Undateables



Have you ever watched the Channel 4 show The Undateables? I've always avoided it on principle because it looked obscene - the fact that the participants were branded as 'undateable' seemed unnecessary and cruel and it completely put me off.  

I caught the first episode of the current series by accident and watched it out of curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised as the concept of the show is actually really nice. I totally agree that everyone is entitled to love and be loved and a lot of good seems to have come out of it in terms of a confidence boost for the participants - so the fact that this lovely premise is completely ruined by branding these people as 'undateable' is beyond me.

To find out a bit more I went online and watched some of the online videos of past participants of the show, which tell you a bit about how they are getting on now. It was clear to see that they'd gained such a huge confidence boost from appearing on the show - just going on that first date seems to have given some of them the self esteem to date successfully and go on to find love. I absolutely love that the show has done this for them and that hopefully it does the same for others who just watch it and feel empowered by it, but I just can't get past the fact that the name undermines the whole point.

We had a bit of a debate about this at work and a colleague actually pointed out that the 'un' is apparently knocked away in the titles to essentially make the title The Dateables. As well intentioned as that might be, I managed to miss that (and I work in telly so I really should notice these things...) so I imagine plenty of other people don't notice either.

I feel like I haven't really reached a conclusion to this post, as I have such mixed feelings about this programme! Have you ever watched The Undateables? If so I'd love to hear what you think and if you agree/disagree with me about the title!

Amy x
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  1. I've watched a few episodes of this and I think it is a good show in the sense that it gives them more confidence to go out and on dates/ask people out etc.. but I've always really hated the title - that in itself could knock someones confidence if they have one of the disorders and see the show!

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  2. I completely agree! I'm glad that it's not just me that thinks that!

    Amy x

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