The eighth season of the MTV offered unguarded moments in gay kindnes and fag breakups
MTV aired the season eight finale of Are Youthe One ? on Monday night and it was a bittersweet ending for the show’s newly gained LGBTQ+ fans, “whove been” obsessively tracking the dizzying carousel of pairings, make-outs, and heartaches this summer.
That’s because the finale commemorates the end of a previously unremarkable dating see experiencing an exciting queerification. The change has created such a fus, Are You the One? viewing parties at gay nightlife places became popular this season.
This season was a Gen Z delirium dream: every casting representative determines as sexually fluid. There was a trans masculine heartbreaker, a non-binary scene-stealer who uses they/ them pronouns and acts under the drag persona Dionne Slay, and contenders who enjoyed the chance to explore their bisexuality for the first time. Dating can be full of limitations for gay people, especially those who live in rural areas. And with this season of “Are you doin ” the One ?, MTV created a glossy, made-for-cameras queer utopia for sees and a chance to explore the question: would dating be easier if everyone was open to date everyone( and hot )?
The answer is no.
The pressure was on for the 16 entrants to find their” excellent accords” and take home the splendid accolade of $750,000. (” Perfect coincides” are pre-decided by makes after extended interrogations with psychologists, affinity experts and the shed representatives’ exes and then left for the shoot to discover over the course of the picture. Think musical chairs assembles process of abolition fills great exertion .) All semblance of conclusion true love was shed out the window in this episode. The six players who had yet to discover their perfect competitors( called ” the stragglers “) resorted to a confusing policy of gut feelings desegregated with logic. At one point, two contestants soberly formulated they might be perfect accords simply as they were both from New York.( Turns out they were right .)
The finale was devoid of the genuine connections that had taken place over the course of the season. But that’s principally because most of those genuine associates had been fractured. Heartbreak constructs for good TV and opponents have little selection but to split up once they find out they’re not a perfect coincide. This cruel, Big Brother style of dating was specially progressive- and agonizing- to watch with a homosexual cast.
The passionate romance of the season was between Max and Justin. Their affection was almost like a 2019 Brokeback Mountain, two men basking in the high-flowns of a particular kind of first love. It was Max’s first time in a relationship with a guy. And of course, only once strong feelings emerged did the two detect they weren’t a excellent coincide. Reality TV becomes its best when plotted scenarios and set-ups accidentally slip into raw, unguarded moments. And that’s exactly what happened when Max sat yell next to Justin, disorient and hurt that Justin would return to playing the game after the link they shared. Justin sat there, potent, distrustful what to say. Queer adored is important to witness, but equally important is a particularly homosexual and very awkward breakup.
By the end of the finale, everyone had noted their” perfect coincides”( whether they were happy with the competitors is another question) and the grandiose booty had been claimed. What have had an opportunity to manufactured for a more fulfilling ceasing is if some other kind of finish line- something better authentic and less hijinks- and gotcha-oriented- have had an opportunity to employed. Seeing Max and Justin fall out was and drastic, but I can’t help but wish we had seen the pairings precipitate or soar on their own, with no intervention from producers.
Then again, “Are you doin ” the One? is not the highest caliber of actuality Tv. It shortfall the high-octane, soap-like drama of Bravo demonstrates and the superior production of proves like Bachelor in Paradise and the UK version of Love Island.
There’s also the desire to see a sincere participation and continuing commitment its LGBTQ+ viewers from systems. We are not a cult or a one-off season experiment. MTV did death each chapter of “Are you doin ” the One? with a PSA to find out more information about sexually fluid communities this season, but the carry could go further.
However, all things considered, season eight of AYTO was a fabulous start for the faggot community. Hopefully there’s more to come.