A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contestants are motivated by greed to compete in ridiculous and often humiliating challenges. The show thrives on cast members' wild behavior, offering superficial and hedonistic messages. Both men and women are sexually objectified. Contestants compete for one another's affections. The contestants are both male and female, from various racial/ethnic backgrounds. The show has some racially/ethnically motivated comments like "Alfalfa hair" and "black ass." One contestant claims that, in the end, "Jews" stick together. There are also negative references to homosexuality.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of verbal threats and insults; cast members are seen pushing, shoving, slapping, and scratching each other during heated altercations. Some of the challenges require contestants to push each other off of platforms into water, throw sharp objects into mannequins (to simulate stabbing people in the back), and to hit people with padded instruments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contestants wear skimpy bathing suits (including thongs) and are seen in various stages of undress (though all nudity is blurred). Cast mates are seen kissing, slapping each other's behinds, and fondling each other while in extremely suggestive positions; some cast members discuss having sex with each other. During one competition, challengers pulled pesos (and other items) out of their crotches. Conversations also include references to "saggy boobs" and sadomasochism.
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Audible language includes words like "bitch," "ho," "ass." Curse words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Large quantities of wine, champagne, beer, and hard liquor are consumed. Lots of drunken behavior. Some contestants are shown smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know cast members from Flavor of Love, I Love New York, and Rock of Love with Bret Michaels compete for a cash prize in this reality contest. The show is full of the same over-the-top behavior that the earlier series became notorious for, including lots of arguing, pushing, slapping, and insult-hurling, as well as smoking, drinking, and drunken behavior. Contestants are shown kissing and fondling each other in a variety of sexually suggestive positions. The language is also pretty strong (though curse words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped). And, like its sister shows, it's full of sexist and hedonistic messages.
Is It Any Good?
While winning the money is the ultimate goal, the real focus of this show is the over-the-top behavior that gave the contestants their original notoriety. These men and women, who live together on a Mexican estate, consistently parade around in tight outfits and skimpy bathing suits (including thongs) while calculating ways to rid themselves of the competition. Conversations include discussing strategies, building alliances, and literally sizing one another up -- which often leads to comments about contestants' breasts, butts, and other body parts. Some contestants are even shown kissing and fondling each other while in extremely suggestive positions (although the more explicit content is only available on the show's Web site).
Despite the structured competitions, the cast seems to be living in a perpetual state of chaos, highlighted by their sexual exploits, excessive drinking, inappropriate insults, and physical altercations. While this might provide some guilty pleasure to adults who like this sort of thing, it's definitely not kid-friendly material. This series objectifies both men and women and sends very shallow and hedonistic messages. It also presents distorted messages about building serious relationships -- especially when contestants begin competing (perhaps out of habit) for one another's affections. Overall, it's the kind of series that doesn't really offer anything positive and therefore really isn't worth watching.
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