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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show sends the message that, in the spirit of cutting down a dating pool, it's perfectly fine to judge women on appearances alone. Women are also asked to wear revealing uniforms and do pseudo-demeaning things that are expressly designed to show off their bodies.
Positive Role Models
Once the show gets going, Ochocinco actually reveals himself to be a pretty good guy who doesn't drink, rejects the party lifestyle, and seems to want women who are more than just bimbos. But his willingness to let the female contestants be objectified in his name stands out against his better qualities.
Violence & Scariness
Verbal sparring between some contestants can be heated, but it never gets physical.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In addition to kissing and embracing, there are shirtless guys and girls in bikinis, plus shots of female contestants' short-shorted backsides. Some girls refer to their "big boobs" as big assets.
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Lots of swearing; words like "bitch," "ass," and "hell" are audible, while stronger choices ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) are bleeped. Contestants flick the middle finger (although it's blurred).
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Products & Purchases
The show promotes Ochocinco's personal brand and sometimes highlights other brand names, like fashion designer Oday Shakar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The house has a fully loaded bar, and some of the girls start drinking right away. Most remain in control, but a few overindulge.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this VH1 reality series is a bit tamer than a lot of other dating competitions on TV, it's still not a great choice for older teens. As far as language goes, some of the female contestants scream at each other, using bleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") and audible insults like "tramp" and "bitch." And, particularly in the beginning, women are portrayed as sexual objects and are valued mostly for their bodies. There's also some kissing, along with skimpy outfits and suggestive talk, and alcohol plays a big role in some girls' partying.
Is It Any Good?
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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