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Megan Wants a Millionaire
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which men with a net worth of more than $1 million try to win/buy the affection of a reality "celebrity" -- sends the message that money and materialism can buy love (or at least attention) and that exploiting men for their money is OK. Expect lots of bleeped swearing ("s--t," "f--k"), sexual innuendo, and drinking. Contestants often argue and throw things, and some challenges require them to physically fight each other. High-end brands like Rolls Royce, Audi, and Tiffany’s are often discussed and/or shown. Note: This series was cancelled after one of the contestants became a murder suspect and fled the country.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
While Megan makes some mild claims about looking for love, it's clear that her interest in money is greater, and she comes across as a stereotypically greedy gold-digger looking to be maintained by a rich man. (Ironically, the contestant group challenges preconceived stereotypes about millionaires, as many of them have earned their money working hard at blue-collar jobs.)
The series clearly sends the problematic message that money can buy love .... or at least a woman's attention. It also features all of the elements that you'd expect from a reality show like this -- including lots of swearing, arguing, sexual innuendo, and drinking. Bottom line? This one isn't for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows that focus on matchmaking. Do you think it's possible to find genuine love through a TV show? Why else might people want to participate in a series like this?
Is it really possible to buy someone's love? Is wanting to be with someone because of their wealth ever a good thing?
Do shows like this undermine or reinforce stereotypes? How so?