Let’s Talk: Is this show ruining the sanctity of marriage? 349

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Last night, one of this year’s most polarising shows so far aired on Channel Nine. Married at First Sight has divided viewers over its premise before it was broadcast, but what is the big deal? Well, complete strangers are being married on TV and it’s unacceptable to some. Some are saying it’s destroying the sanctity of marriage and insulting gay couples who want to be married but can’t in Australia.

So what happened on last night’s episode? Well, exactly what you’d expect from a show built on no love whatsoever and a whole bunch of confused family members.

It was yet another reality show, packaged up in ads as something so controversial and ridiculous, but it actuality it was just as bland a concept as any dating show ala The Bachelor.

None of the relationship experts were really that impressive and didn’t seem to be able to match the soon-to-be-wed couples with any sort of precision.

The first episode’s contestants were your typical unlucky-in-love people – desperate and dateless women and eternal male bachelors in their mid-late 30s.

Don’t be fooled: this may have been shown to be reckless abandonment of dignity, but Married at First Sight was nothing more than a sped-up version of Perfect Match.

So what were people so up in arms about? Here’s some of Twitter’s best responses:


Possibly the worst part of all of this is that the couples in fact are not legally married and it is just a glorified, fake arrange wedding ceremony for our enjoyment/horror.

Tell us, do you think that Married at First Sight is ruining marriage? Or is it just a bit of fun and each to their own?

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  1. Or are they trying to justify arranged marines …SICKENING

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    • well your ancestors must have been SICKENING zdenka vlakic because that is exactly how things were done in europe a few generations ago ..not a history buff are we??

    • Graeme Condely,I know it could have happen couple of hundred years ago,but seriously we live in 21st century…definitely enough people in the world not to have to resort to that…

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      • No different than Date Clubs or Online dating … some people like to find out a bit about someone before dating them. Getting married even though it was fake … was just to make a TV show. At least they chose to be matched and are not 12 years old being married to a 40 year old man… that is when it is wrong.

  2. Should put this rubbish on paytv so those who want to watch it have a choice to Bring back our drama on free to air tv

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    • If you don’t like it don’t watch it, but shut up if others want to watch it. One of the most successful shows on Tv watched by millions is a Chinese dating show Your the One, or something like that, people enjoy these shows, I hate cop shows, so I don’t watch them, simple, I don’t bitch about how I hate them etc.

  3. I said right from the start would not be legal as there are documents required before wedding also PLEASE stop all th reality shows none of them show all the real stuff and produce some decent local drama. I don’t watch any of them. It is the networks way of providing local content as cheaply as possible. Come back n let’s give the wonderful actors in Australia a chance. Stop watching it you are being suckered by these shows.

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    • Hear Hear! I totally agree with you Paula, our actors need work. It annoys me that reality “stars” give up real jobs to be on TV and take the jobs of our creative people, not just actors, but directors, lighting, sound and stage designers etc, etc, etc. There are so many people who rely on this industry for their income and we give away their jobs to “reality”.

  4. I refuse to watch such trash and we westerners criticise other cultures who marry off their children to an unknown person promising them from when they are about 8 years old -eventually the young person is marrying someone she hardly knows. Show ought to be banned.

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    • Nobody is marrying off children against their will here – they are consenting adults over 30 who have agreed to the conditions of this show (and are surely being paid well for their willingness to participate). It does highlight the fact that there are many single people in their thirties in our society who would love to be married but cannot find someone….I know several!!!

    • I agree Sandy. I was not going to watch such rubbish as I thought. Ended up finding it an interesting experiment. They are old enough to know what they are doing and hey! It might work!

    • The couples didn’t really get married, it was just a commitment ceremony. If you don’t like these shows just don’t watch them.

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