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Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dating show fumbles with antics that objectify women.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2010
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Ochocinco might indeed be looking for love. But, much like his former NFL star friend Terrell "T.O." Owens (of The T.O. Show) and fellow VH1 reality dating star Ray J (For the Love of Ray J), he's looking for love in all the wrong places. Most TV dating competitions are laughable in their likelihood of resulting in serious matches. But this one really dials up the gimmick factor with objectifying challenges and a borderline-offensive structure that literally pits women against each other in an NCAA-style bracket.

The worst part is the way the female contestants are treated right before the initial "cut" is made: They're all stuffed into cut-off football jerseys and tiny shorts and made to do jiggly jumping jacks while chanting Ocho's name. (This allows Ocho to cut about one-quarter of the pool based on looks alone, mumuring, "You been cut, baby girl," in each of their ears.) Later on, they're asked to tackle a "hugging sled" and show off their backsides while Ocho and his friend ogle them, and another dozen or so are asked to hit the showers. Less than 10 minutes into the show, about half the girls are gone ... and he hasn't even talked to them yet.

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