Throwback Thursday-Joe Millionaire (2003) & Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000)

In television, there are two types of programs. The first type is engaging, entertaining and intellectually stimulating. The second type requires the least amount of brain cells and can often be described as demeaning. It’s therefore no surprise that some reality television shows fall into the second category.

In the early 2000’s, Fox aired two programs that represents the worst of the worst of reality television: Joe Millionaire (2003) and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000)

The focus of Joe Millionaire was Evan Marriott. The female contestants vying for his affection are told that he is a wealthy man seeking a spouse. But the reality is that Mr. Marriott is far from wealthy, he is a construction worker. At the end of the series, the truth of his occupation was revealed. If the chosen woman stayed with Mr. Marriott, the couple would earn a million dollars.

The premise of Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was a cross between a Miss America like beauty pageant and a game show. The female contestants went through the motions of participating in a beauty pageant. But instead of earning the title that is ordinarily bestowed on the winner of such events, they earned the title of the wife of an unknown multi-millionaire. In the end, Darva Conger won the competition and instantly married Rick Rockwell. Let’s just say leave it as there was no happily ever after for this couple.

The problem with these shows is two-fold. The first issue is that it still spreads the idea that a woman’s only goal in life should be finding a husband. The second issue is that it says that some women, when they do marry, are for lack of a better term, gold diggers. They choose a spouse based on one’s fortune and not on one’s person.

I just find both shows to be despicable and a complete waste of my precious television viewing time.

Do I recommend both? Absolutely not.

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