VH1 is currently airing a reality show called “Dating Naked,” and you would be forgiven for assuming—or even, let’s be honest, hoping—that it was the stage for a hedonistic, debauched scene of young singles gone wild.
The nervous folks at the Parents Television Council certainly did; they issued a statement condemning Mc Donald’s for sponsoring such obvious filth.
She is a classic reality-show ringer—outrageous, sweary, and likely an aspiring actress.
Walking in the jungle, she mumbles, “This is like the beginning of a bad porno.” She’s bound for the zip line, but pauses to mock the very conventions of the show: “This is my version of getting to know somebody.
It has been widely noticed, by everyone from die-hard nudists to occasional gym-goers, that there isn’t much sexy about being naked in a nonsexual situation.
And dating, at least as practiced by these folks, is decidedly unsexy.
But this is light cable TV, suitable, as the show’s rating tells us, for anyone over fifteen: the bodies are mostly waxed and safely blurred, and the bad words bleeped.
And the singles, though they have signed up to travel to an oceanfront resort in Panama and naked-date nominal strangers for the viewing enjoyment of other strangers, are a circumspect, conservative bunch.“I want the whole white-picket fence, a dog, some kids, you know, everything,” Joe, a twenty-four-year-old from Long Island who is the male contestant on the first episode, says. “Dating naked gives me a way to trust someone possibly again.” His female counterpart, a thirty-six-year-old woman named Wee Wee, appeared to be a likely match: “I do have a ticking clock, so it is important for me to meet someone who would like to have children.” Later, she tears up when telling the camera, “I want a family of my own.”The other contestants in the three episodes that have aired so far sound, similarly, like walking, talking naked e Harmony profiles. Justice, then there’s no point in starting a relationship at this point,” says one Mr. “If I find the perfect girl here I could be ready for everything,” a man named Keegan says, already imagining minivans and soccer practices.
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She hits her face while riding on the zip line and gets a black eye.
The other good-sport contestants don’t know what to make of her.
You know, I want the romance.”As far as romance goes, the following staged dating activities are done naked, to varying aesthetic and practical results: conga playing, bird-watching, water skiing, water tubing, A. V.ing, salsa dancing, horseback riding, spearfishing, paddleboarding, zip-lining. Safety helmets are allowed at times, as are hats: one pair wears matching pith helmets on a nature walk; another sports Stetsons.
And, for a naked dating show, there are plenty of covered moments back at the so-called Jungle Villa (Clothing Optional), where the contestants, contrary to the spirit of the show, seem to get to know each other better when seeing less of one another.