When we got the press release from MTV that a gay couple fighting for acceptance was going to be the focus of a new episode of True Life, we assumed it was a queer twosome fighting small-town bigotry.
Oh, but we were wrong, so wrong.
Read for yourself:
On Wednesday, January 11th at 9pm ET/PT, we will premiere True Life: I’m A Chubby Chaser, featuring a gay couple trying to prove that their feelings are genuine. For many people looking for romance, ‘fat’ can be considered a four letter word. For some, however, their motto seems to be “the bigger, the better.” On this episode of True Life, you’ll meet a young man who desires obese to have mate while struggling to find acceptance in a society that immortalizes 6-pack abs.
Justin loves the sense of security he gets from his super-sized boyfriend, Josh, but fears that his conservative parents dismiss their relationship as a fetish. Justin wants to marry Josh and is determined to get his family’s blessing before they walk down the aisle. Viewers will watch as Justin tries to convince his parents that his feelings for Josh are real.
All they want to do is love the one they’re with, but find that they must overcome the large hurdles to make their relationships work.
Get it—large hurdles? That’s a fat joke, people.
We don’t know why we expected something sensitive from the network that’s brought us Teen Great-Grandmas, I’m Not Here to Make Friends and I Used to be Fat. (That last one is real)
Not that we have anything against Justin and Josh—if big girls are your thing, more power to you. But we’re pretty sure this episode is gonna come with a side order of exploitation. Especially since we read the casting notice:
“If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 28, and you love ’em round and delectably plump, write us. Tell us about your passion for the plus-size.”
Stayed tuned this summer, when True Life airs the episodes “I Want to be Straight” and “I’m No Longer Gay.”
We wish we were kidding.