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'Married at First Sight' show causing controversy already

People Get Married At First Sight On New Reality Show

A new reality show is like 'The Bachelor' ... on steroids. Each season of the "Bachelor," is supposed to end with a proposal - but imagine meeting your new husband or wife ... at the altar. What? It's called "Married At First Sight."

There's no dating on this show. It focuses on six strangers who will get married, and then be followed by cameras for five weeks. And it's causing some controversy. "Good Morning America" spoke to show expert Dr. Logan Levkoff who explained, "'Married at First Sight' is a social experiment that really seeks to determine if social science can play a role in matchmaking." But critics say the show's premise makes a mockery of marriage.

At the end of those five weeks, the newlyweds decide if they'll stay married or get divorced. Express.co.uk spoke with Harry Benson, a critic of the show who is with The Marriage Foundation, which calls itself a "champion for marriage" and supports long-lasting, stable marriages.

He had a particularly strong opinion about that "opt-out" clause offered at the end of the show. "Even when they get married they'll be thinking 'well I can back out of this,'" he writes. "This is not the way to get married."

But a writer for the Chicago Tribune loves the idea, saying, "It forces us to reckon with, once again, our complete and utter hypocrisy about marriage." She points out that gay couples can't legally marry in many states, but that this kind of reality show is allowed.

Dr. Logan Levkoff, labeled an expert on the show, wrote on The Huffington Post at first she wasn't sold on the idea, but "I agreed to be part of the team with three other professionals ... this experiment asks people to commit so that they have to fight for something." She adds, "They have to put the work in -- the work that we all need to put in -- into partnerships."

We should point out at least one of the contestants, Jamie Otis, has vied for love before on reality TV in both "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad." This time, she's taking the plunge and swimming all the way to the altar.

Last night, Jamie was not attracted to her match. The contestant said, "I'm thinking I just made the worst decision of my life. I'm sorry."

And according The Hollywood Gossip, the new show is based off of a Danish show. In that version, two of the three couples are still together after their arranged marriage, so just maybe there's hope.

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patriot1too July 09 2014 at 7:31 AM

This is an effort to further dumb down America. Already our youth is so dumbed down that 71% of our youth age 18-32 are unfit for military service. Their biggest concern is where to put their next tattoo, hanging out at the mall with their saggy pants, siudeways cap and skateboard, or how to scam free money from the govorment or their parents. Wake up America. Its propaganda. Dont watch it, dont buy it.

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jgesselberty July 09 2014 at 8:01 AM

The only reality is the fact that so many morons watch these shows. Right after Honey Boo boo. We have become a nation of sloth and ignorance and people watch these shows to bollster theri own self-esteem.

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coopdabomb July 09 2014 at 6:15 AM

Soon we will be saying Remember America...

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lily coopdabomb July 09 2014 at 9:18 PM

I would have to tell you..We "Old Cogers" are already saying that.

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patriot1too July 09 2014 at 6:43 AM

The obama / clinton mess has turned America into a cess pool of moral decay. They have lowered the bar on everything from the military to marriage, race relations, jobs, insurance, irs, va, dumbing down our youth, that awful political correctness by rubber stamping every loopy fringe groupfrom the feminist cult to the gender confused for their sorry votes.

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bronbronco27 July 09 2014 at 8:36 AM

It's not too far removed from realiity. So many of us, especially in our youth, equate hormonal attraction with the Hollywood fairytale of 'love at first sight' and jump headlong into these ill fated relationships. On a rare occasion they might succeed, but mostly the old saying 'familiarity breeds contempt' is the reality. Anyway, the 'institution' of marriage isn't given much of the sacred honor that it is supposed to have. No one really wants to work things out maturely, its too easy to divorce and that's the problem.

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shirley.butterfield bronbronco27 July 09 2014 at 12:14 PM

Getting a divorce is never easy. If you bothered to talk with a divorcee, you would know it. Divorce should be made easier to obtain. When 2 people are not able to settle their differences, nothing is gained by forcing them into a long, dragged out divorce.

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d1anaw shirley.butterfield July 09 2014 at 12:48 PM

As long as there are no children and no property involved, I would tend to agree, there is no problem with a simple divorce. But people who choose to bring children into a relationship and enter into long term committments need to stop looking at their own selfish wants before everything else. Children deserve to be in a stable home with their parents. Everything else is second best. It should be a requirement that people who CHOOSE to bring children into the marriage have to try to do everything they can to maintain the relationship before being granted a divorce, barring abuse, adultery and addiction. This nonsense of oh, I want to go play and party or oh, the neighbor is so much hotter crap needs to stop. If people had to work hard to get a divorce, they might put more thought into whether or not to get married.

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bronbronco27 shirley.butterfield July 09 2014 at 2:07 PM

What I mean is there is very little stigma on divorce these days. And in the cases where there is not something such as physical abuse or another serious matter, growing apart or the all too familiar extramarital affairs, many don't even attempt a serious try at reconciliation. The institution of marriage is taken for granted, to some almost as easy as changing cars, etc. I'm not talking about the emotional impact in particular cases, just the cavalier attitude many have these days about the 'sacred institution' that generations past held as something meant to last. It is viewed differently these days by MANY.

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tnana23boys bronbronco27 July 09 2014 at 1:41 PM

Gee, I happen to believe in love at first site. 30 years ago I met my spouse and married in a months time. May not work for everyone but it has for us. Nothing Hollywood about it, it was just the right thing to do.

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bronbronco27 tnana23boys July 09 2014 at 2:09 PM

And you are a shining example of that 'rare occasion', or at least becoming all too rare, disclaimer I put in my original comment. Good for you!

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CAMERON tnana23boys July 09 2014 at 2:40 PM

So very happy for you. 30 yrs is a long time

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citykitty123 July 09 2014 at 7:09 AM

Who watches these crap "reality" shows? They are all scripted and designed to get a rise out of the stupid viewers, nothing real about them at all. Even the animal shows that have they guy "saving" a home from a rattlesnake or alligator are scripted and the animals are planted for filiming. C'mon America, get off your duffs and stop watchng and believing everything you see on TV and the Internet.

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patriot1too citykitty123 July 09 2014 at 7:27 AM

Its all part of the effort to dumb down America. Dont watch it, dont buy it. Its propaganda. God bless America.

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larrykad citykitty123 July 09 2014 at 8:34 PM

You mean the "Mermaid" story on Animal Planet wasn't true????

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propickup July 09 2014 at 11:56 AM

what a joke. she is a spoiled brat. he is a great guy getting a raw deal. she is shallow at best. she is in it for the money not love or commitment.

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Christopher July 09 2014 at 6:19 AM

we elected obama and no one ever new who he was also

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Marc July 09 2014 at 7:49 AM

"...critics say the show's premise makes a mockery of marriage..."
The current state of marriage has pretty much made a mockery of itself, no help required from a TV show.
The fact that when a person is murdered, the initial suspect is always the spouse, tells you all you need to know about marriage.

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weeziebathome July 09 2014 at 10:59 AM

My husband and I met on a blind date, and were a "fit" from the first glance. That said, I remember going on many blind dates that were painful at best. Who, in their right mind, would agree to this?

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d1anaw weeziebathome July 09 2014 at 12:40 PM

But you met on a date with no expectations. You didn't meet at the alter. I met my husband on a local BBS(i know, i'm dating myself). We knew each other for many years before marrying.

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